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Trip Start Aug 07, 2008
Trip End Oct 25, 2008

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Have you ever thought "Wow! Those radio jingles where they sing the name of the radio station are great, why donīt TV channels have them?" No? Well the people at Nicaraguan channel Canal 10 have. But you then come along with the problem that those are just sounds, a bit of a waste on TV. Thatīs when you get hot dancers to do a dance at the same time (they have now replaced it woith cute little girl dancers). The end result is this: - lol!

So whatīs happened? Well, since the flood day there has been half an hour of rain in over a week. The temperature has been in the 30s ever since. I took the opportunity to go to the beach twice. One of the times I rented a kayak and paddled in a mangrove created by a sandbank island forming a narrow river of calm sea water. The area is apparently inhabited by crocodiles, though I didnīt see any. I did see loads of types of birds (those ones with the long necks and beaks, you know) and crabs! There was one beach of about 3m length with about 50 crabs on it.

On Sunday I went to Leon Viejo & Laguna de Asososca. Leon Viejo is the original  site of Leon, the first city and capital of Nicaragua. Unfortunately, they didnīt build it in a very good place, suffering earthquakes and volcanic ash rain many times in only 86 years of existence. Eventually, during a particularly bad ash pourdown, they decided to move the city to where the indigenous people had built their capital, and itīs stayed there ever since. Itī now just a bunch of walls that theyve dug up since the 60s when they realised this was a real place and not a legend. Funnily enough, the two first rulers of Nicaragua (the invader and the Spanish appointed Governor) one having ordered thebeheading of the other, lay side by side in the tomb under the cathedral (except for the head, which was never found). A short hike led up to the laguna, which is the most beautiful place ive seen in Nicaragua so far. A round lake reflects the steep green hills sorrounding it. 2 green volcanoes are on the opposite side to where we get in. The only signs of humanity are a broken fishing boat and a small wooden structure.

Been doing placement as normal. Getting pretty competent at suturing now, so many people come in needing it. I now donũt have much trouble even with the super thick scalp skin.
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