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Trip Start Jan 04, 2010
Trip End Dec 23, 2010

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Friday, January 15, 2010

well i am quite the veteran here now-a-days, seeing as visitors seem to be in and out within 2 days.  i dish out the advice with each new roommate:  "hold on to the door when you sit on the toilet because it doesn't lock", "the pancakes are free but you have to make them yourself", "ask carolina about laundry service, it's 4 cordobas per item", and "a guy comes around at 11:00 am with homemade tortillas in exchange for 5 cordobas...the tortillas at the store SUCK".  for me, staying in one city for the first two weeks of the journey has been a blessing.  i build confidence each day and have been able to focus on acclimating...not packing and moving.  carolina and the gang have become my fill-in family, and they treat me like the baby (always the baby)...i'm guessing it's because i'm always asking kindergarten questions, making mucho mistakes, and needing lots of help.  they are another blessing.

it's the strangest thing, but i'm here writing this sitting across from my long-lost twin.  i haven't told her that, as i'm sure i'd freak her out.  but she is italian, from bologna...big rear-end, dark hair, blue eyes, and a big mouth.  creepy.  that's her in the picture with, that really would be creepy.

this morning i was propositioned...and very aggressively at that.  these damn nica...uh no, it wasn't by a was by a very obnoxious Texan!  flippin' texans are everywhere.  blackjack he say's to call him...yeah, i say call him craps.  this 82 yr old stud was headed to the ol' folks home in san antonio.  he said his kids had made all the arrangements for him to go, but he wasn't ready - he was only 72.  so he gave them the middle finger and left for nicaragua.  now he lives on a huge ranch outside of town, pays a girl $200 a month to look after him, hires locals as farm-hands (or ranch-hands or...i don't know laborers) and hasn't spoke to his family since.  funny thing is he doesn't speak spanish.  the cashier at the cafe said "cinquenta cordobas" and he looked at me to translate!  old dog - new trick...his picture right next to the definition.  on my way out the door i heard - in a very thick texas draw "i don't give up that easy little lady". so now i've lost my morning coffee house.

the german guy (amore couple) i spoke about the other day is a jewelry maker.  he supports his travels with this craft.  and he is good...real good.  i bought this necklace for $20 made from materials found at the beach - poneloya, on the coast about 30 minutes west of leon.  i also bought a piece for my spanish teacher made of ivory, but i am too lazy to get up and take a pic to post.  you know...ivory, swirled around, and put on a string to hang around the neck.

i don't have a lot to post as i was in yesterday with a bad stomach (besides spanish class).  today is better so i may venture out in search of cosas nuevas (new things).  que tengas buen dia.
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B.R. on

Hi Tish. Great pics,We need more of you.The old dog looks like a nice guy,He may not know spanish,but he's no fool,I bet he's a good Texas holdem player.I would not gamble with him or you may run out of money this week.Have a nice day,thanks again for taking ALL of us on your trip.

Jason Riney on

I love reading your posts! I actually look forward to hearing about your journey every few days. If you see any nica hotties take a pic for me! :-)

Banana on

Hey Girlie... meeting lots of people as usual. Love the old man.. Not sure I could sleep with that rat running around.
I'm so glad your living your dream... Love ya

Vanessa on

Hey you changed your picture of you Better! LOL I was reading all of the stuff and the picture changed...I like that one. Have a good one. Love you Ness

mom on

today is sat. i am going to meet Motif for brunch. Just got back from church lasted 2hrsbut interesting. Dogs are going to wait for their walk. Everything else is kosher. Ness put new lights in the kitchen for me now i can see what i am eating....same ole mish mash. luv u ma

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