Snapshots: Playa Marsella, Nicaragua

A Beautiful Bunch of Produce

Here in Nicaragua a large percentage of our groceries are purchased at the end of our driveway from the fruit and vegetable truck that stops by twice per week.

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Today we picked out a watermelon, a pineapple, a cantaloupe, a cucumber, 3 tomatoes, 3 green peppers, 8 bananas and 12 oranges.

Instead of us just telling you how much this beautiful bunch of produce cost we thought it would be fun for you to GUESS how much it cost!

We’d also love to know what you’d pay for the exact same bunch of items at your local grocery store or market. 

Leave your comments in the section below.

The blog follower with the winning guess (or closest to) wins bragging rights!

Asking Price For Casa de Lazy Jake’s Has Just Been Reduced!

If you’re looking for value priced property in the San Juan del Sur area this one is definitely worth checking out.

We listed Casa de Lazy Jake’s for sale a couple of months ago, but we wanted to let you know that the owners have just reduced their asking price from $185 000 to $165 000 USD and are very motivated to sell.

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Is Driving at Night in Nicaragua Safe?

This image you see below depicts an average Nicaraguan driving experience.

Is Driving at Night in Nicaragua Safe?

Notice the broken down vehicle on the side of the road. The banana truck can only avoid him by inches because of the big rig in the oncoming lane. On the left are a couple of horses…that at anytime…may decide the grass is greener on the other side of the road.

Now imagine this scene at night…in the pitch dark.

While driving at night in Nicaragua you won’t see roaming marauders cruising the highways looking for unsuspecting tourists — the experience will be less Mad Max and more mad dog, or worse, mad cow — but you can expect to see the following:

…stray dogs
…people seated on the side of the road
…wandering horses
…ox carts
…a car with no headlights
…a motorcycle without a tail light
or a person staggering drunk walking the yellow line. 

It’s highly unlikely that cyclists, ox carts or the people sitting on the side of the highway will be adorned with any type of reflective safety gear.

There’s no telling what other odd and interesting obstacles you may encounter…causing your nerves to fray…especially if you are driving from the airport and tired from a long flight.

Sometimes paying a bit of cash to hire a reliable driving service is money well spent.

If you do decide to drive at night you better go slow and keep your head on a swivel. And don’t even think about doing something crazy…like multi-tasking.

Is driving at night in Nicaragua safe? We’ll let you be the judge of that!


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