Still alive and well....
Trip Start Mar 14, 2004
285Trip End Ongoing
Although guiding hikes has almost come to a standstill, I am quite active each day. I think all the younger European, Canadian, and American travelers are back at school and the vacation season for the northern hemisphere in general has slowed down
I have also taken time out to go to a music festival in Achuapa(music sucked), the Flor de Caña rum factory in Chichigalpa(their rum is the best!), a beach along the Pacific Ocean in a small village called Poneloya(very pleasant), and the police station(not pleasant). My wallet got pick-pocketed in a large festival crowd and I wanted to report it so I could show the bank the paperwork for missing ATM cards. Plus, I just wanted the souvenir. I wish I had photos of the police station but I didn´t take my camera. In a way, it was a fun adventure in itself. There are no computers and the report was made on a typewriter older than me in an office cubicle with beat up, old wooden chairs and stacks of papers everywhere, a boom-box radio bigger than anything I´ve ever owned, and a stereotypical, donut eating police woman that had the hots for me...I later learned
Although I had canceled my cards immediately, we told them they were still active until the next day because my banks were closed due to the Independence Day holiday ... but it was their Independence Day, not ours, but this made perfect sense to them. This got them into action! The lead investigator took off on his motorcycle to go to all the bars, restaurants, or other places where someone might try to abuse the cards(there were 2) to give them notice. I was pleased with that. What I really needed, however, was a photocopy of the report. They actually had to give me the original, I took a bus into town to a copy center, copied it and had to return it. Great fun looking back on it all. Now, it´s just a paperwork and waiting game to get my new cards here to Nicaragua and the stolen funds returned ... they had time to use each card once.