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Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Hygro, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. Hygro

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    I’m here in the poorest, safest country in Central America right now where the USA state department warns against travel because of the Ortega government. On my way from Managua to my little farm town by the beach we got pulled over twice by police, who didn’t mind I, riding shotgun, was drinking beers. It was pretty calm and routine but I found it both interesting here in a country which has maximally banned abortion (and where the church still advertises anti abortion messages anyway) half the police were women. Many of the police are carrying AKs and shotguns.

    The president here has black masked paramilitary goons who assinated like 500 students (I think over 2000 people) last year when a protest broke out against the government burning part of a protected nature preserve to help facilitate the building a canal right through the country (and connecting this giant lake in the middle of the country with the ocean... wtf).

    Ortega was known for giving up power peacefully in the past but people are worried they are going the way of Venezuela. I’m in Sandinista territory which is nominally his stronghold and while no one here is part of the fight, this tourist town and farm town feels pretty disaffected. Ortega’s wife is the VP, there’s no right to free speech, no due process, and people are concerned he won’t transition power.

    The economy here is in its 3rd or 4th year of deep recession due to the loss of tourism among other things. Prices here are about a third of the USA and the exchange rate is partially fixed (say, terraced) so you can spend dollars without a haircut. But thanks to I think Reagan era policy no banks operate directly so atms and credit cards are fine but your debit card does not work at shops.

    Few people speak English but enough people know a little bit that if you know some Spanish it’ll work. I’m a little surprised by the ethnodemographics here not sure exactly as I haven’t asked or looked it up but people look pretty distinctly Nicaraguan here and I wonder if it’s because with so much time in such a small country everyone been had mixed up. But I dunno, it’s not the rainbow diversity I expected in an American country.

    Speaking of America, with a per capita GDP 3% USA (9% PPP) completely different laws, visually non diverse, different language, and so on I feel more like I’m the USA than my time in Europe. It’s a vibe thing. It’s like chill but yolo here.
     
  2. NovaKart

    NovaKart شێری گەورە

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    I went to Nicaragua in 2005, to Granada. It was a nice colonial town, beautiful old buildings. I went across the border from Costa Rica so I’ve never been anywhere else in Nicaragua, not even flying through Managua.
     
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  3. Hygro

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    I was talking to some random girl from USA on hinge she said she saw everyone and their mother armed with guns in 2008. Did you see any such thing in 2005?
     
  4. NovaKart

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    I don’t remember that at all but maybe I just didn’t notice or pay it any mind. Armed security is very common in front of banks in Latin America and you don’t see that in USA and sometimes that surprises people. Or maybe something political was going on at the time.
     
  5. Hygro

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    Yeah I think she was full of it. No one seems to own guns here although yeah the bank I went to has like 5 guards posted, in a walled compound.
     
  6. Synsensa

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    Why did you go there?
     
  7. Narz

    Narz keeping it real

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    What's "on hinge"?
     
  8. Hygro

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    Tinder but not Tinder.
     
  9. Narz

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    Oh yeah dating in Latin America is awesome. White American girls are so not worth it.
     
  10. Hygro

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    to learn Spanish. Maybe surf too? We will see. And you know, all the things. Beat depression in all fronts. Finish school. Be alive. Experience somewhere you’re not “supposed” to go to (very easy here tho). See what it’s like under a quasi socialist quasi dictatorship. Etc.
    Hinge is all white girls from America down here. I haven’t dated anyone yet in this small farm town where everyone is married. Tinder is match central but it’s like mostly girls in Managua 3 hours away. Not really why I’m here though. Colombia was the same price/similar programs let’s just say.
     
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  11. Truthy

    Truthy Non-boolean

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    How long are you going to be there?
     
  12. Narz

    Narz keeping it real

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    What school are you attending? Are classes in English or Spanish?
     
  13. Farm Boy

    Farm Boy The trees are actually quite lovely.

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    Usually a harder dynamic in which to slut it up. Takes more time and investment. Sorta antithesis capitalism.
     
  14. Lexicus

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    Farm Boy keepin it classy
     
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  15. Hygro

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    Another month.

    Spanish classes at an immersion program. There’s a trillion in Latin America and Spain and the prices are real but reasonable. If you ever doubted the economic theory of competition as well as the macro Econ theory of the law of one price I challenge you to look at language schools.

    I have housing, food, six hours of class a week I’m spending like $1200 a month for the program. For slutting it up I def recommend a bigger city and maybe another country.
    Yeah it sucks :p I’m tryna slut it up fo sho. People here are also a mix of secular Catholics, evangelicals, and real Catholics but also it’s like teenagers getting pregnant and my host sister (who has a daughter) confused why I was telling her the dudes at some house were whistling at a preteen girl yesterday as we walked by that house today.

    But back to slutting it up there’s some expats and tourists here as well I’m just too tired with all my classes to bother.
     
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  16. Farm Boy

    Farm Boy The trees are actually quite lovely.

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    Sounds really cool. Hope everything goes great!
     
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    I think that the last time I heard the name of Nicaragua was in a Beavis and Butthead episode.
    That was were "The Great Cornholio" supposedly was from; more specifically somewhere near lake Titicaca (which obviously isn't even in central America, but he was talking to US cops so they wouldn't know).
     
  18. Narz

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    Wow that's amazing. What's the name of the school if you don't mind my asking (here or PM fine)?

    How is the food? And housing? Do you have your own room or roommate?

    Panama City is great for slutting it up. We should hang out there sometime.

    You should drop the but from your sentence, Catholicism and teenage pregnancy go together like sand and beaches.

    Moderator Action: Let's not go into the mores and values of Catholic girls, shall we? --LM
    Please read the forum rules: http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=422889
     
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  19. Hygro

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    I have my own room and the whole very small downstairs to myself. During boom time here I’d have someone in the room next to me, that almost happened right now. The food is decent. Very salty, low quality fruit but good meat. Everyone here is asleep by 8pm but it’s rooster city from 4am until 8am and sometimes all hours all day.

    The persistent low level of child abuse here from my perspective really grinds me but I see the limit of it, it’s not a horror story. Parents here don’t explain **** to their kids they just start yelling unnecessarily and often hitting with low provocation.

    There is a ton of litter.

    Most of the people here live in straight up shacks.
     
  20. NovaKart

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    Well that’s not surprising, Nicaragua is along with Honduras just about the poorest country in Latin America, I guess Venezuela is too unpredictable to rate.
     

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