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    Default Luis - Heds home after almost 35 years.

    So it is done.

    Luis, who has not set foot in Niclandia since 1984, is on his way home for a 6 week visit.

    You may have seen me write about him over the last 10 yrs.

    He was part of the group (including my wife) who skedaddled to Guatemala in 84 after the family rations were cut to an unsustainable level after other family members deserted the Sandie army in 83.

    Spending a few years in NYC before coming up here in 1990, he has been on and off social assistance, raised 4 little taxpayers, 3 of which have kept out of trouble, the last who has found peace as he exits his 30's. The last 7 yrs or so he has found steady employ and finally decided to go for a visit.

    In 2012 he received his (Canadian) citizenship and just 5 weeks ago his Canadian passport.

    About an hour ago I purchased for him (With cash up front ) a flight on AeroMexico for $498 CDN, $370 US.

    A good 6 weeks he will be there.

    I do fear that he may be disappointed - He tells stories of walking the entire country from Matagalpa to Leon, to Boaco, to Rivias from the time he was 12 years old. He was born in 55
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    Default Re: Luis - Heds home after almost 35 years.

    Sounds like he should meet up with drlemcor!

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    Default Re: Luis - Heds home after almost 35 years.

    And I have been nominated to drive to the the airport......


    I told Maria only if she hands Jenni (Luis's Wife) 10 pounds of stuff to mule down as whe load the car... She laughed and laughed and laughed...


    Jenni is NOTORIOUS for showing up 6 to 8 hours before we go with <somthing> extra to take.. Such that we once were contemplating saying we were leaving one day later just to avoid the issue.
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    When a relative asks me to mule something down I ask them how many cubic inches are in the package and that ends it, I never hear from them.
    One of the most miserable things about a visit to Civilization is packing the suitcases, there is never enough room and it ends up getting done 3 times minimum. Don't forget how cremas weigh a ton.
    Interesting how TSA inspects one suitcase and Secondary at MGA inspects the other

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    Default Re: Luis - Heds home after almost 35 years.

    My wife's aunts always have "Just one little thing" to send to someone.

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    Default Re: Luis - Heds home after almost 35 years.

    Luis returns tonight

    6 weeks went fast.

    Apparently, he was done with it (the visit) 2 or so weeks ago and is counting the days (now hours) to be home.

    I am the designated pick up mule with Chilo tonight.

    From the discussions, I have heard he is not looking to go back anytime soon.
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    Default Re: Luis - Heds home after almost 35 years.

    A debriefing would be good to read, though I can imagine some of the contents.

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    Default Re: Luis - Heds home after almost 35 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by bill_bly_ca View Post
    Luis returns tonight

    6 weeks went fast.

    Apparently, he was done with it (the visit) 2 or so weeks ago and is counting the days (now hours) to be home.

    I am the designated pick up mule with Chilo tonight.

    From the discussions, I have heard he is not looking to go back anytime soon.
    He prefers Canada?! ....LOL.....
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    I wonder sometimes if I will be able be able to forsake the Homeland and live on in Nicaragua.
    Let's see what happens to Luis.

    When I'm here I miss Nicaragua,, when in Nicaragua I miss much of the US.

    Mostly superficial shit in the US, the easy shopping, Amazon 2day Prime shipping, Costco
    And the medical support --
    The deal I have now,, 6 months on, 6 off,, and coming back to the same house helps a lot.
    Until Diane decides she doesn't want to go to Alaska for the summer anymore

    I guess at heart I'm a superficial guy . . .

    It would help a LOT if they would open a PriceSmart in Estelí and a PriceSmart in Condega.

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    Yeah....I am getting used to grocery shopping at Wal Mart on line and picking up groceries next am and never leaving the car.
    Life's different here ... It's a whole 'nother pace.

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    Default Re: Luis - Heds home after almost 35 years.

    So this is funny

    He is bothered by the noise and the Traffic - Now this is a hoot - It was to the point that he did not want to leave the house close to the end.

    The story about the cows came up again - He was one of the Yellers telling the farmer to move along when they cut the fence.

    Brought me back 2 500ml tona

    Flight arrived at YYZ @ 11:20, stepped out of customs at 12:05 - Back at his house at one AM.
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    Default Re: Luis - Heds home after almost 35 years.

    My wife complains about the noise and the traffic in Esteli, it's not a quiet little cow town like it was back in the day.

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    A friend of ours, an older business woman, was recently told by her doctor to move out of Esteli.

    We just got our AC installed in our bedroom today, only took a week, and I am never leaving my room again!

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    A/C is the greatest, not to cool you as much as offer a constant noise to buffer all the other noise.Dogs were still in heat here last week and all night dog fights and barking, I was about to lose it, went a few days without sleep, this week has been bliss, rain every night, dogs seek cover.
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    Default Re: Luis - Heds home after almost 35 years.

    11+ years ago when we moved into our apartment in stinking hot Leon, jodido, no A/C was for me a matter of principle. Life is lived outside. Your pad is shelter from the rain, a safe place to sleep, shit, wash up and change clothes. Make it too comfortable and you don't want to leave it to encounter the world, be it simply for exploring parts unknown to you. Get used to A/C and it's harder to take the heat.

    But as I age I just want to crawl into a climate-controlled womb with wrap-around virtual entertainment and a well-stocked refrigerator.
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    Default Re: Luis - Heds home after almost 35 years.

    I have the same view as DY, but I'm not at the point where I want to shut out the world. I've always been comfortable in Esteli without A/C, and can somehow tolerate the noise of the city center, car alarms, loud music, dogs and roosters all night, etc. But I don't know how long that would last.

    I'm more receptive these days to living in a remote area in a small shack.

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    Default Re: Luis - Heds home after almost 35 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonh View Post
    I ... can somehow tolerate the noise of the city center, . . .
    Noise? I guess I’ve grown accustomed to it. Admittedly the mortar bombs that the church lobs over our heads on religious occasions bothered me in the beginning. Not now. (We had a neighbor - didn’t stay long - who totally freaked out over the church’s rude calls-to-celebrate; he was ex-Blackwater/Iraq.) I came South to submerge in our hemisphere’s third world culture, its humanity, its other worldness. To escape commuter traffic bulletins. After divorce and corporate burn-out. Not looking for a woman - but that turned out to be dessert to the adventurous feast.

    There are times when the sounds of Leon’s streets are like music to me, a kind of never repeating music of life. Some of the street vendors have beautifully resonant voices. The motorcycle & car traffic noise ebbs and, at times, all but disappears such that even doves cooing can be heard. Through it the clop-clop of hooves on asphalt from the horse-drawn wagons of the poor competing with the combustion engines of the rich. Kids gather chattering - punctuated with an occasional girl-shriek - as one session of school lets out and before the next begins. And when it rains, it pours, and thousands upon thousands of fat drops beat the zinc roof ending conversation, overwhelming the soapbox show of tears on the wall, commanding full auditory submersion in a meditation that dissolves ego. Nature’s white noise amplified.

    Not to shortchange our other 4 senses, I’ve found living in a city in Nicaragua to be a sensory kaleidoscope worth the necessary trans-cultural adjustments.
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    Default Re: Luis - Heds home after almost 35 years.

    Perfect description of Nicaraguan city life!

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    Default Re: Luis - Heds home after almost 35 years.

    I remember my first night in Nicaragua in August, in Jinotepe.

    It was the middle of the night and the bombistas started and never stopped.

    I remember thinking that of all the times to travel to Nicaragua, I pick the beginning of the next revolution! How am I going to get back to the US?

    Maria yawned and said something about "Saint Santiago..... go back to sleep".

    Yeah right!

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