Provisioning in Chinandega
As well as getting our fuel tanks filled, we also took advantage of the
marina-provided shuttle service to go into the nearby town of Chinandega
to do some provisioning and exploring. As the town was about 45 minutes away
over dirt roads and newly constructed highways, we got to see a bit of Nicaragua
along the way. Yes, there is a lot of poverty here. Many people barely make
a subsistence living, yet they are a very proud and dignified people.
In Chinandega proper, we were confronted with the hustle bustle of a busy,
growing city of about 40,000 people. The mercado was packed with
all kinds of goods, from fresh vegetables and other locally grown products,
to imports of clothing, electronics, cell phones, and so on.
We went to the "Super Selecto" supermarket and were able to stock up on
all the necessities - beer, chips, and lunch meats :-)
We also took the opportunity, while in Chinandega, to do a bit of a good
turn. We stopped by a Libreria (book store) and bought a bunch of school
supplies (a gross of notebooks and pencils and a dozen books and Spanish-
English dictionaries, as well as a nice pencil sharpener to go with them)
for the elementary school. It made
us feel very good to get a full box of these supplies for the school and to
think that they would help a bunch of very thankful kids get just a little
bit further ahead in the world.
On our last day in Nicaragua, we checked out of the country with the
immigrations and customs officials at virtually the same time
as a couple of other boats we knew,
DELFIN SOLO, with Tahsin and Rengin, SOUTHERN BELLE, with
George, Melinda, and Joshua, and KETCHIN UP, with Noel,
Ashley and their three sons, all checked in. We did get to
spend a little time with them at dinner that night, but as we
were leaving early the next morning, we felt kind of bad to have
not had more overlap time with them.
In any case, our time in Nicaragua was wonderful and we
look forward to returning here someday.