Scrouds in Nicaragua

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Booked a flight yesterday leaving Tuesday.

Mostly doing cigar factory/farm stuff, but told there will be some down time. Anyone been? Any recommendations for things in Managua or estelli?

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nacatamales!

Make sure you know the correct MS13 gang sign to flash when going downtown at night.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3q1y7DIBSw



Make time for some Mayan ruins. Not been to any in Nicaragua, but I have others in Central America, and they're worth the hike.

Putas watch out.

hurry and get back before the wall goes up.

Hang out with the Sandinistas like it's the 1980's!

miserly said:   hurry and get back before the wall goes up.
I'll be flying over any walls.

fasttimes said:   Putas watch out.

Is that a recommendation or a warning?

ganda said:   Make time for some Mayan ruins. Not been to any in Nicaragua, but I have others in Central America, and they're worth the hike.

I'll keep my eyes out for them, but Google suggests the outlook doesn't look. Good without some serious travel in country. And I'm not sure after the 3 hr bus ride to estelli I'll want to keep going.

kirbydog said:   nacatamales!
Looks tasty. I don't know what I'll be eating most of the time, our hosts say that's covered

scrouds said:   
miserly said:   hurry and get back before the wall goes up.
I'll be flying over any walls.

  It's inconsequential. He can walk through tunnels to get back.

kirbydog said:   scrouds said:   
miserly said:   hurry and get back before the wall goes up.
I'll be flying over any walls.

  It's inconsequential. He can walk through tunnels to get back.

Ummm no. I went on a cavern tour once. They said a couple times tight, confining spaces. No climbing or anything. Saw the first tight squeeze and walked back out. Tunnels are going to be a no for me.

Why Nicaragua instead of nearby Belize or Costa Rica?

larrymoencurly said:   Why Nicaragua instead of nearby Belize or Costa Rica?

This not where they make cigars.

kirbydog said:   scrouds said:   
miserly said:   hurry and get back before the wall goes up.
I'll be flying over any walls.

  It's inconsequential. He can walk through tunnels to get back.


Swimming back is another option.

kirbydog said:   
scrouds said:   
miserly said:   hurry and get back before the wall goes up.
I'll be flying over any walls.

  It's inconsequential. He can walk through tunnels to get back.

  don't matter. the wall is at the airports too. it's almost kafkaesque...

I will play some pink Floyd when I get near the wall, they'll never notice me climbing up.

I'm here

Pics don't like me. Will try later

Quick, change the locks [/whisper]

the wall failed!


On the pan American highway
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Esteli
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Some pics


Close up
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Field
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Tobacco field at night

That ER room looks awfully sketchy.

MilleniumBuc said:   That ER room looks awfully sketchy.
Don't get sick


Night
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...and scrouds in tobacco field at night...

Uhhhh you guys jinxed me.

Got pulled for additional screening not once but twice, almost missed my flight due to delays at immigration, and I still don't have the bag I checked.

Worst thing, I checked the bag to get some rum home, but it was in the backpack. So I lost that. And I forgot to move over the cigars, so they better find that shit.

Note to self: don't fly Air Sandinista

ganda said:   Note to self: don't fly Air Sandinista
You mean American? Yeah don't do it


Jaime Garcia, left, while. I'm smoking his namesake cigar and drinking coffee grown on their farm
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That's a big barn. Will be full of tobacco
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In the curing barn
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Fresh tobacco leaces
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Farm day


Mural part 3
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Mural part 2
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Mural part 1
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Mural in Estelí 

Note to self: don't put fragrant things people like to steal in luggage when flying home from the developing world

Did you get your case? A case of mine went missing more than 20 years ago but I got it back. Only time it has happened to me. It is a nightmare.

I got my bag the next day

So I'm going to try this one more time. Why is it so hard to upload pics from a phone? Idk


Storing and aging
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Rolling cigars
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The box shop
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Storing pressed leaves
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Sorted and graded
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Pre Industry
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A pilon
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OK good

Did you get a Make Nicaragua Great Again hat?

It's the cool thing now at all touristy areas around the world.



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