Nicaragua the undiscovered country

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Mar 6

Last day of our vacation and the completion of Casita Chronicles blogs for this episode.  Rajni finally got her chance to go tour the Mangrove swamps which she has been wanting to do.  I helped her make a shell design in the beach with the massive amount she has collected.  It is of course, part of the therapy for her to overcome her disorder!!  I spent the day in the ocean and on the beach.  Tonite we will have a nice dinner and prepare for the long journey home.  This of course is where I wax philosophical required by law at the end of any adventure.

Truth be known we did not discover Nicaragua or any place for that matter that we visit or anyone visits.  We rediscover it in our own way and in our own perspective.  Its like life, as the good book says  There is nothing new under the sun.  Its only new to each of us.  In the process of re discovering Nicaragua I have also re discovered things about me and life.  Particularly, my own limitations and shortcomings.  The impermanence of everything.  The value of living in the moment and the attempt to make the world a better place for the next generation.  As Guru Randos says This is all there is, don’t waste it.  All these souvenirs, memories and photos will be packed away and slowly be lost to decay.  The interactions and associations with all the people we met is far more important.  Indeed life or even more descriptive Nature is the struggle to survive and the surrender to death.   Until next time.  Adios IMG_2041.jpgP1010002.jpgIMG_2040.jpg

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Mar 5

A full day starting with the walk on the beach, coffee and breakfast and then Mrs O and I decided to make a field trip to Leon. This very old colonial city was once the capital. Nesteled among the chain of volcanoes it is actually the second site for the city, the first being buried in an eruption early on. I wanted to see the colonial buildings and more importantly go to the Museum of the Revolution. The Museum was a very old building on the city square across from the massive catholic cathedral. Sadly, despite this being a pivotal event in Nicaraguan history the large 2 story building is completely empty and in disrepair except for two rooms with a scant amount of items and walls of old pictures in poor condition, some barely discernible. The fee is 100 Cordoba to enter which is a large amount, but obviously did not go towards much improvement. Still I was fascinated by what little displays were there. Nicaragua was the second poorest country in the western hemisphere behind Haiti. The U.S. had invaded back in the 20’s in what was called the Banana Wars. The Somosa family had ruled since then, a dictatorship that was grevious and oppressive. You would think when the people asked for help the good ole U.S. would have been there but as in most of Central America Corporate interest were raping the country of Mahogany and fruit with the blessing of the Samosa regime. The Corporations of course had friends in Washington and their contributions to various political campaigns manipulated the foreign policy and supported the Somosa regime. When the Cubans and Soviet Union gave aid to the revolutionaries the Somosa regime quickly fell in less than 2 years in 1978,79. Somosa escaped to the U.S. and then to Paraguay where he was killed. The revolution was relatively bloodless but that would change. In keeping with the Truman doctrine and the ridiculous Domino theory Reagan used the fear of words like socialism and communism to train and arm Somosa supporters in Honduras to take back the government. After the fiasco in Viet Nam ( where we lost 60,000 of our finest young men to support a corrupt political regime for over 10 years) Reagon dared not send U.S. troops but did illegally fund the anti revolution group known as the contra’s. The Iran Contra affair being the result. This lead to another horrendous 8 years of fighting in which some 80,000 people were killed and displaced. Finally a peace agreement was reached and Nicaragua has been slowly, very slowly recovering but is now on the verge of prosperity. You would think that Nicaraguans would hate Americans but they don’t. There are two reasons. One is that many fled the oppressive war and went north to the U.S. illegally finding jobs, sending money home and finding new lives. One of them was Carlos whom I hired back in the 90’s and who’s family we stayed with. The other reason is NGO’s – Non Government Organizations. Americans are some of the most generous people on the planet giving through such organizations, a large percentage which are religious, to build houses, give food, clothing and medicine and other types of aid. I always point out to the Mahatma that when we say religious we are not talking Jewish, Islam, Buhdist, Hindu, we are talking Christian. The Nicaraguan people see this and acknowledge it. Any aid sent by the U.S, if there is any of taxpayer dollars, probably never reach’s the people. Its time for our Government to stop meddling in other countries business and taxing the citizens to send billions in foreign aid that never impacts the people themselves. Reduce taxes and let the taxpayer make the decision of where and how much they wish to contribute! It probably won’t happen however, Hell, our Supreme Court has given Corporations personhood with all its rights. Wake up Amerika!! political harangue for the day. Your welcome.

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Nicaragua the undiscovered country

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Mar 4

It is Sunday and I had a nice walk on the beach in the early morning,  that is to say I used my crutches but was able i the soft sand to use my broken leg, now in the 5th week of recovery!!   Unknown to me, every Sunday is an all you can eat buffet which of course we all over ate!!!   This country has truly been and is being transformed by capitalism in the a real free market manner.  So many find ways to sell and service in entrepreneurial ways to better and transform their lives.  Lets hope that the corporate monster never comes to this country and bullies and buys the government like it has in the U.S.   There is also a real concerted effort to protect the ecosystems and the animals that still exist.  Lets hope that succeeds.   The litter problem will take generations to change but it is underway.   Walking the clean beautiful beach where the tourists play is a stark contrast to the where the local fisherman live and work which is totally trashed.  I also have observed talking to tourists which love this country for its beauty, its people, and its cheap price tags that you rarely find Americans.  I am thinking that this is true overall in the international realm except very amercanized and “safe” havens like Cancun or such.  This bothers me especially with the young travelers and their interactions that will deeply impact the future.  When I was young it was vogue to go abroad and experience, even in the most extreme.  Now it seems we as a people are afraid and it bothers me.  Also of note is the hesitance of youth and old alike to visit the U.S.  due to the heavy handed nature of our customs and TSA.  Its all understandable.  All empires and such rise and eventually fall.  The Roman empire lasted some 400 years.  The U.S. is over 200 and already seemingly in decline.  Too bad, we had such high hopes for a world of freedom and justice for all.   Here is some good news, a Canadian told me in June the act will be official that Marijuana will be legal in Canada!!  They have long legalized industrial Hemp still struggling in the U.S.  and now they have made the appropriate move to end the war on this vey useful and benign plant!   The beach and hotel were packed with Nicaraguans on this Sunday?  It was great to see but quite noisy.  There was an all you can eat breakfast buffet and a little time to play in the pool then Martha , Jehling and Carlito had to leave for Esteli.  Three more nights and we will be heading back home.   Hope to get to the point were I can walk hand in hand with my beloved at least a little ways on the beach before we leave.

Nicaragua the undiscovered country

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Mar 2,3

 

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It was a very leisurely day with writing and exercising in the pool and giving each other massages.  In the evening Martha, Jeyling, and Carlito showed up.  It was good to see them and they brought fruit and DONUTS!!!  WE all went out to eat after they got settled into their room.  What a pleasure to see these three witness the ocean and the beach for the first time.  Especially Carlito, he could not get enough and even in the dark was trying to get into the water.  It will be fun to watch him explore this new world tomorrow

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We spent almost the entire day playing in the ocean and in the pool.  Carlito absolutely refused to leave even when he was obviously cold!  It was truly a joy to watch them all experience the ocean.  All of us have experienced Deja Vous.  Lately I have been having it often.  Some say it is just a replay in your mind of an immediate nature of what has already happened.  Still it feels like I have dreamed of this event before and it is so familiar that I should know the outcome of events yet to come!  Strange as it is.  yet I can never predict what will happen next.   I also have been able to put more weight on my foot which has greatly increased things I can do.  A broken leg is so incapacitating, even in this modern age.  I can’t imagine what it was like in the pioneer days but it happened to be sure.  I also think about so many of our beloved Vets that come home without limbs at all.  My God what a sacrifice they have made!!   IMG_1988.jpg28536881_1597350550318915_929372800_n.jpg28642806_1596927533694550_86069959_o.jpg

Nicaragua the undiscovered country

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Mar 1

I have discovered that in the swimming pool at our hotel that in the waste deep water I can actually walk naturally since the buoyancy of the water reduces my weight.  I have been walking back and forth to use the muscles in my broken leg and ankle with no pain.  Now in the end of the 4th week I am actually able to gingerly hobble without my crutches around the room.  This was the advent of another banner day in paradise.

In the morning I made my way with a rock and a large nail I have found and slowly crawled/climbed the rocks that jut out into the ocean at low tide.  There I carved the letter U and the infinity sign in a place that has no moss or shell life on it.  I was very proud of myself!   Also today I picked my first door and deadbolt lock!  After practicing with padlocks for some time I attempted to pick our hotel room locks.  They seem somewhat cheap and I was very surprised how easy it was in comparison to the padlocks I have been practicing with!  However,  for the most part I have been learning the art of doing absolutely  NOTHING but sitting for long periods.   This is an extremely difficult thing to master to be sure.  Overcoming the urge to eat or drink just to do so, and  allowing the mind to free flow with no judgement, just be.  I often concentrate on emanating love and acceptance, and sometimes people will stop and chat.   We have met so many fascinating people and i truly enjoy their stories.

Mrs O and I went out down the street for dinner for a burger and fries and a beer.  This is actually the first one I have had this entire trip.  We met a young man that sells the coconut leave hats that they make on the beach.  I bought one and told him I wanted to watch him make one.   Later we ran into him and his teacher at another bar.  He was pleased I wanted to learn and so right there he tried to teach me.  My end product is not nearly as good as his and I doubt if I could repeat it flawlessly but it was fun and now I have two hats!!  He also said he learned from an American in Mexico how to do it and on You tube.  I suppose I can watch You tube and repeat it.   IMG_1965.jpgIMG_1966.jpg20180301_191117.jpg

Nicaragua the undiscovered country

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Feb 27,28

We have arrived at the last day of winter in the official Uriah calendar!  With only  6 more days before we leave for home.  Unfortunately Rajni has been diagnosed with SCD.  It became apparent when all the shelves of our small room began to fill with myriad of crustaceans of various sizes, shapes and colors.  She has admitted that her addiction needs some kind of treatment but we have not been able to get an medicine for it.  Her long absences were troubling and seemed to becoming more and more prevalent.  If there is anyone that knows of a possible solution let me know.  SCD (Shell Collecting Disorder) can be a debilitating disorder, particularly when your limited to how much baggage you can carry.  While SCD is not rare it can require counseling.

Yesterday was a very mellow day and in the evening we had dinner with our new Holland friends Bert and Donna.  The conversation went deep into the evening about everything from life in Amsterdam and the differences between our countries, politics and……  They had gone on the infamous Volcanoe boarding tour in which you climb one of the many volcanoes cones and using a toboggan made for it slide down the slope on the scree.   Due to the sharp nature of the small rocks you have to wear goggles and face protection for you eyes and face.  Donna’s experience was not so good as her sled veered and she rolled down some 30 meters.  She was badly scratched up on her legs but unharmed.  It is truly amazing what men do for fun and amusement.   We have both invited each other to visit in the future.

Sitting on the beach this morning i Witnessed the women of the village going down the beach picking up trash!  We had heard about this group which I think was started by some ex pats that live down here.  I was so proud of them and gave them a bow.  The women of the world often have to take the lead in such endeavors and it was refreshing to see it.

The ole crutches have worn a hole in the bottom of the rubber part an have become dangerously slippery on smooth surfaces.  fortunately there are construction people working nearby and i was able to get them to put a couple of screws in and a washer to hold the rubber ends in place to make contact with the floor.  Mc Guiver if you will!! P1010001.jpg

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Feb 26

 

Rajni is enamored with our temporary home here on the beach. I have to admit I have had fleeting thoughts of buying property and making it a profitable winter get away. Fortunately I have dismissed them when the reality of the whole idea begins to make me tired LOL. The countdown has begun for the time to return to the cold north and I may not be able to take Mrs O away with me!! I am proud of the Mahatma, she has truly overcome her fear. She rents bikes and takes walks to many places, exploring and chatting with the locals. Her spanish is much more developed than my own. She gets up with unflinching discipline and does her Sahdna in the predawn light on the beach. Picks up garbage and befriends the dogs that roam the beach. One in particular which has horrible mange. The proprietor of our hotel has also taken pity on this animal and gives it medicine and food. The other day she came across a very large Sea Turtle that had died. From the pictures I am thinking it was the end of a very long life, as they can live for many years. Still, she mourned its passing. For dinner we went out to the pizza restaurant. I thought it was very good and a young local man played guitar and sang. Another young man came in with a large pack. We invited him over to our table as he looked hungry. He was a Jew born in in NYC but had lived in Isreal for many years. He then studied of all places CU for electrical engineering. He has struggled with substance abuse and was very stoned. He started in Mexico City with a one way ticket and has worked his way down thru Guatamala and Honduras and San Salvadore and hopes to continue on down. He works and volunteers as he goes and lives mostly on some investments which he reaps a few hundred dollars a month on so he has to be very frugal. He also has a violin which I encouraged him to get out and play but he did not. The list of fascinating people we meet is endless.IMG_1910.jpgIMG_1909.jpgIMG_1947.jpg