First night in Nicaragua

Trip Start Oct 22, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

    I arrived in Managua last night around five o´clock.  My couch surfing buddy picked me up at the airport and we went and grabbed some grub and some beers.  He´s a cool guy.  His dad was a diplomat during the seventies and eighties and Luis was actually born in Geneva but he grew up here. He´s very political and he gave me an earful of whats wrong with the US politics but also with Nicaraguan politics.  Smart guy who knows his internationnal politics.   His englsih is pretty much flawless too.  I tried to steer the conversations back into Spanish buy he would usually start speaking in English again after a few minutes. Thats okay, I´ve got plenty of time to practice Spanish.
    One word I have learned is ¨Chele¨ which is like Gringo or white boy.  I was walking around town today and people would yell ¨chele, you want a taxi?¨ I think it was partly because I had to walk through a shady part of town in order to get to the old presidential palace.  The view from the old palace was worth it though.  It sits on top of a hill and overlooks Lake Managua and you can see several of the country´s larger volcanoes in the distance. Its pretty darn hot here and it probably won´t cool off for another month or so.  Well, that´s about it.
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