One of my local hardware stores has sprouted an Airpact booth by its front door. The best plant nursery in the region has opened up a cafetin. Peddlers are more common, and the squalor of Esteli is getting worse as not just the public sidewalks but the public streets are filling up with vendors.

A relative who is a trucker in the US says the recession is starting and he is hurting. At a time when the Nic. needs money more than ever, remittances could drop.

And incumbent regimes, third world and first, have trouble winning elections during a recession.
In the famous words of Al Bundy "Let the games begin".