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    I am supposed to be flying into Managua in 11 weeks, and while I am only passing through to go to the corn islands for 3 weeks, I am worried now about whether or not this is such a good idea. It's hard to know what it's like there without firsthand accounts. Does anyone have any thoughts about the forecast for the near future? Should I just bail on this and do it later??? Any info is appreciated.

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    At the present time things seen to be calming down. It would not be bad to come in tomorrow. I think by Feb all of this election business will be over. Don't hold me to that though.

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    Ditteaux. Be sure to register with the embassy for good measure, but all of Nicaragua is pretty safe, all thing considered. Avoid protests, dress down, avoid dog-owning, fanny pack wearin', linux-using radical gringos married to Shirley Temple in Esteli, etc. and you'll be fine.

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    :LMAO::LMAO::LMAO::LMAO:


    Quote Originally Posted by thunderdial View Post
    Ditteaux. Be sure to register with the embassy for good measure, but all of Nicaragua is pretty safe, all thing considered. Avoid protests, dress down, avoid dog-owning, fanny pack wearin', linux-using radical gringos married to Shirley Temple in Esteli, etc. and you'll be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderdial View Post
    Ditteaux. Be sure to register with the embassy for good measure, but all of Nicaragua is pretty safe, all thing considered. Avoid protests, dress down, avoid dog-owning, fanny pack wearin', linux-using radical gringos married to Shirley Temple in Esteli, etc. and you'll be fine.
    Man, I almost hosed a whole mouthful of beer out my nose dude. Burns like hell but still can't stop laughing. :LMAO::LMAO::LMAO::LMAO::LMAO: That was definitely 5 smiley laugh. Thx!

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    Quote Originally Posted by djunalu View Post
    I am supposed to be flying into Managua in 11 weeks, and while I am only passing through to go to the corn islands for 3 weeks, I am worried now about whether or not this is such a good idea. It's hard to know what it's like there without firsthand accounts. Does anyone have any thoughts about the forecast for the near future? Should I just bail on this and do it later??? Any info is appreciated.
    Welcome to the site! Some of the posts following your question are not about you. They are "inside" jokes and pretty funny but may have left you a bit confused. If you are passing thru and only coming after 11 weeks more, I think you will be fine. Since you are going to Corn Island, there are several posters here who live there or have property there and could give you some great insight. So, if you have any other questions, just ask away!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donna View Post
    At the present time things seen to be calming down. It would not be bad to come in tomorrow. I think by Feb all of this election business will be over. Don't hold me to that though.
    I dont know if things will be calming down. The electoral fraud is just step two in Ortega's grand plan to be the Mugabe of central america. Step #1 was to get elected after blackmailing Aleman.

    As to the original poster, if you come to visit you may be ok. Just make sure you dont wear red and black and dont say "compañero" in a gringo accent.

    I would not be foolish and believe fairy tales of how Nicaragua is the next Costa del Sol. But most important of all DO NOT BUY any real estate from gringo land speculators. It will get you in a lot of trouble and much heartache when (and not if) confiscations begin to happen.

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    I would not be foolish and believe fairy tales of how Nicaragua is the next Costa del Sol. But most important of all DO NOT BUY any real estate from gringo land speculators. It will get you in a lot of trouble and much heartache when (and not if) confiscations begin to happen.[/quote]



    This almost sounds like you have an axe to grind???? Are you licensed to give this kind of advise?
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    Probably does have an axe to grind. But would you buy land from ANYONE in Nicaragua right now?

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    The general advice for any era in Nicaragua, as coined by one of our own members, is...

    "Nicaragua, it's not for sissies."

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    If you are flying to Corn Island via Bluefields, you will probably be fine. But I would avoid the RAAN at that time -- that's when they will be holding their municipal elections, and if they are anything as dodgy as the ones on the Pacific coast, expect Puerto Cabezas to close its airport
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    In Managua, even during the protests people were able to get around. You just have to stay away from the hotspots, like MetroCentro, which is located near the CSE office.

    People are still in the rotondas....and I have no idea why...but they are back to just waving flags and wearing their ¨love¨ shirts.

    Kids are in school and people are at work.

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    let me answer why are they still there.
    Simply because,la chamuca pay every single orador with a flag $200 cordobas a day,that's more that 3 times the average national wage!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa View Post
    People are still in the rotondas....and I have no idea why...but they are back to just waving flags and wearing their ¨love¨ shirts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randude View Post
    I would not be foolish and believe fairy tales of how Nicaragua is the next Costa del Sol. But most important of all DO NOT BUY any real estate from gringo land speculators. It will get you in a lot of trouble and much heartache when (and not if) confiscations begin to happen.


    This almost sounds like you have an axe to grind???? Are you licensed to give this kind of advise?[/quote]
    Of course hes got his axe grinding license.

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    The question is, what´s the point? The elections are over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderdial View Post
    Probably does have an axe to grind. But would you buy land from ANYONE in Nicaragua right now?
    That is PRECISELY the point Thunderdial. As a matter of fact I know of several Nicaraguans colleagues that will NOT retire in Nicaragua. They already experienced the chaos and confiscations of the sandinistas .They will not lose the nest eggs that cost them sweat, blood, and lots of tears.

    One of these friends bought a large estancia in Uruguay for a fraction of the cost of Nicaragua's overpriced real estate, and without the headaches of fearing that your land will be confiscated or occupied by sandinista thugs in the middle of the night.

    My beef with gringo land speculators is long standing. No, I did not get swindled, as I would not buy anything from these scum.

    These people have no scruples. They destroy communities in the long run long after they have repatriated their profits. In Nicaragua it is common knowledge that these amoral folks pay protection money to the sandinistas at all levels. Many of them do business with them and serve as strawmen. Because they have to rely on sandinista protection and patronage for their activities they essentially become their apologists.
    When sandinistas beat up innocent students or throw rocks and fire bullets at unarmed protestors these people say that they had it coming or that it was really provacateurs sullying the sandinistas' "good name".

    If you do not pay protection to the sandinistas particularly when you are a participant in certain land transactions, suddenly the DGI, MARENA, and the local mayor will start giving you trouble. "agrieved workers" will take over and loot your place, ad nauseam.

    The speculators routinely pay hush money to the media and individual journalists to avoid the spotlight of their activities. It is all a cost of doing business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa View Post
    The question is, what´s the point? The elections are over.
    The physical election is over but I should think that there is still quite a bit going on behind the scenes right now.

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    We flew into Managua 11/13 and stayed at Best Western Las Mercedes (right across from the airport). We flew to Big Corn on 11/14 and flew back to Managua on 11/20 and returned to the Best Western las Mercedes for our last 2 nights. The only thing we noticed at the hotel was late in the afternoon and evening, vehicles would drive by honking horns, waving flags, and throwing fireworks. We heard sirens quite often, but don't know if that is the norm or not. There were a number of security people at the hotel, and we never felt unsafe there or at the airport. We took a very nice taxi tour from the hotel our last day that went to the Masaya volcano, and small towns like Catarina, and on to Granada. We stopped, took pictures, shopped, bought fruit and ice cream from little stands,... It was $100 for the taxi and a great way to see the countryside without having to go by bus or worry about a rental car. I was also very concerned by all the warnings before we left, but we had an amazing trip. Just travel smart - leave your jewelry and expensive electronic items at home, don't flash money, and be a good tourist. We were friendly, waving/greeting and smiling at people, courteous, ... after all, we were visiting their country. We did not have any problems at all.
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    Thanks to all who have reassured me. I feel fine about coming now. I just needed some idea of whether or not things were escalating to a point where it would have been more anxiety inducing than enjoyable.
    I'm not sure where I could wear flashy jewelry on the corn islands, so not bringing any shouldn't be a problem ( I don't think I own any...)
    Just let me know if a civil war suddenly breaks out (or give recommendations on what to bring for it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by djunalu View Post
    Thanks to all who have reassured me. I feel fine about coming now. I just needed some idea of whether or not things were escalating to a point where it would have been more anxiety inducing than enjoyable.
    I'm not sure where I could wear flashy jewelry on the corn islands, so not bringing any shouldn't be a problem ( I don't think I own any...)
    Just let me know if a civil war suddenly breaks out (or give recommendations on what to bring for it).
    Hand held mortars are very popular this year and your classic machete of coarse. Oh and rocks but you can always get them here locally not to worry, there is plenty to go around.

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    come on marnica!!!
    no bazuka??? I once brought 2 bazukas to Nicaragua, the Bass pro shop kind thou,and I was treated like a Muslim terrorist at the airport.
    Quote Originally Posted by marnica View Post
    Hand held mortars are very popular this year and your classic machete of coarse. Oh and rocks but you can always get them here locally not to worry, there is plenty to go around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randude View Post
    I would not be foolish and believe fairy tales of how Nicaragua is the next Costa del Sol. But most important of all DO NOT BUY any real estate from gringo land speculators. It will get you in a lot of trouble and much heartache when (and not if) confiscations begin to happen.
    We have just bidded on RENTING the old hotel in La Boquita thru INTUR. RENT is the key word. Why buy when you can rent long term, dirt cheap. Coming soon will be a 34 room hotel, Restaurant, Casino and YES BAR and dancing!!!
    along with a small conference center. Sport fishing and Kite Boarding.

    Long last will I say, "Bob my friend, there is finally a place to come and have some fun" broke ground already and hope to see some visitors stopping buy having a beer and see what`s new...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JGiraldezB View Post
    We have just bidded on RENTING the old hotel in La Boquita thru INTUR. RENT is the key word. Why buy when you can rent long term, dirt cheap. Coming soon will be a 34 room hotel, Restaurant, Casino and YES BAR and dancing!!!
    along with a small conference center. Sport fishing and Kite Boarding.

    Long last will I say, "Bob my friend, there is finally a place to come and have some fun" broke ground already and hope to see some visitors stopping buy having a beer and see what`s new...
    All I can say about that is what? I did not write that. Where did that come from?


    Okay, I just reread the whole thread and understand. That is some kind of mixed up quote there, but not one of mine. I have no experiences positive or negative with any real estate people outside of the USA.
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    scroll down to 11-24-2008, 08:28 AM
    ?????
    Oh I see it was a quote on your post ? nonetheless I wanted to add the info i just put in on Renting from the State instead of buying

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    Quote Originally Posted by randude View Post
    I would not be foolish and believe fairy tales of how Nicaragua is the next Costa del Sol. But most important of all DO NOT BUY any real estate from gringo land speculators. It will get you in a lot of trouble and much heartache when (and not if) confiscations begin to happen.


    This almost sounds like you have an axe to grind???? Are you licensed to give this kind of advise?[/quote]

    My exact quote to the person that made this statement was, "
    This almost sounds like you have an axe to grind???? Are you licensed to give this kind of advise?"

    I was responding to someone else's quote and not that good at it yet. I made a technical error, but that is not my quote. The only reason I stress this is because I didn't say something and do not want to be held responsible for something I never said. Peace.
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