Trip Start Nov 15, 2006
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We arrive in Ocotal and there are more beggars than we´re accustomed to. We leave the café at the bus station noticing that every last scrap of meat from our chicken bones is being voraciously polished off by an old man and young boy.
Ocotal is a pleasant, unremarkable town, with a central plaza and a well-preserved colonial church. We meet Juan-Jose a French-Canadian who has lived and worked in Central America for 11 years, a man with an intense dislike for the United States and its interference in the region´s politics
Although not immediately obvious to us, he says there are many social problems resulting fom the civil war. People displaced, missing, and ex-soldiers trying to deal with the reality of normal life through alcohol - a familiar story for Australians with the legacy of the Vietnam war.
We buy him dinner ($1-2) in exchange for the local knowledge, and drink a local beer together.