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Back in town... (slightly OT but still car stuff)

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After a week in Nicaragua...working on a mission project--helping build an outpatient surgery facility...but you wnat to know about car stuff...

very few US cars...mostly late model Japanese with some VWs. Saw 5 M-Bs there and six BMWs--all were E30 or newer until my last day there when I spotted a Euro squarelight '02 (made my day!) painted red and yellow!

Managua has 14,000 taxicabs and probably as many buses--most buses are old US school buses some with their former US school district still painted on 'em. The one we used to get around said "Alachaua County School District" on it. Some really ugly Russian buses still running, plus some GAZ69 (Russian) jeeps and lots of Lada taxis.

Very few older cars--most were probably either used up or torn up in the last 20+ years of warfare down there. Saw a 64/5 Falcon station wagon, an early 70's Alfa sedan and the '02, plus a few US version VW beetles. Everything else was less than ten or so years old. Many many small pickups, mostly crew cabs. Crew cab versions of Toyota and Datsun trucks from the 70's and early 80s that were never sold in the US. Traffic is pretty chaotic--loudest air horns usually win.

A worthwhile trip--but seeing just what poverty really is makes you realize just how good we have it here in the US of A...

Cheers

Mike

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Guest Anonymous

or anywhere in the south. Poverty is rampant in the US of A and elsewhere in the civalized world.

difference is that in tropical climes people tend to get by with less.

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Props, Mike.

I good friend of mine is leaving for mexico friday to build houses over thanksgiving.

Matt

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