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Don’t bring gold; bring toothpaste

Fluoride or non-fluoride.

More accurately, fluoride-free toothpaste. At least that is what I will tell anyone headed this way who wants to bring me a gift.

First, let me say that there is no shortage of toothpaste here or in Central America in general. You find Colgate, pronounced, kol-GAH-tay, everywhere. And little else. […]

Why send a Nicaraguan to the hardware store?

I have been doing some electrical work and needed some supplies. As my wife was heading off to buy some stuff, I asked her to pick up some stuff at the hardware store for me. Nothing magic, just some 1/2″ PVC ductos, curvas, … and some paint. I suggested Central Ferreteria as I was […]

Why do they do it?

Red ball: 2 for Q5; jalapeño: Q5/lb

Went to the market today to buy some typical (for me) stuff. That included the red peppers, jalapeños, potatoes, black beans, goat cheese, mahi mahi, papaya and some other assorted stuff. I think all, except potatoes, were at local prices instead of Gringo prices.

Did I get ripped off?

Before you get too concerned, if your purchase is intended to help someone poor, you really can’t get ripped off. That is, if you buy something for Q75 and discover later than you could have haggled the price down to Q70, you can feel better if you think of that extra pound of beans […]