"Managua, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) Nicaragua´s
energy service will stabilized by the first trimester of next year,
President Daniel Ortega affirmed, and reiterated the country will
resort to thermal plants to face the current power deficit.
According to the president, along with the generators to be
supplied by Cuba, Venezuela, and Taiwan, the country is likely to
receive others by Iran, where he traveled last week.
Cuba and Venezuela already provided 32 generators with
capacity to produce 60 megabytes per hour, and promised to supply a
similar amount early next year.
Power generation deficit in Nicaragua worsened in the last few days, after interruptions in several generating units, resulting in up to ten-hour blackouts.
Ortega denounced the energy crisis is due to lack of
management in the last 16 years of neoliberal governments which
privatized the sector and cut off investments."
"The retirees are definitely more Nica – laid back and easy going quick
to stop on the street and chat for long periods. They tend to bristle when the working crowd vents their
frustrations about the inefficiencies of the government and the culture and how
hard it is to make a profit.
and travelers passing through do not want to hear anything negative about their
destination of choice. They have the
time to enjoy the peculiarities of the culture."
The blogger is Kelly, owner of El Gato Negro bookstore in beach town San Juan Del Sur. Coincidentally ourwoman and I are planning to head that way this weekend. I'll have to drop by and share a grumble.
My current Granada-based whinge is this: why the hell has there been virtually no water during weekday daylight hours for weeks and weeks? There seems to be various theories but everyone seems to agree that it's more to do with efficiency than availability.
For some people the world is not enough and Nicaragua is waaay too much:
"....I'm also experiencing some very exhausting trips on shitty buses on
somewhat terrible roads throughout Central America. Often sickening
food (it sometimes takes me days to recover); imagine feeling like that
on a 4-6 hour bus ride with no stops.
"When it does in fact stop, nobody
tells you when it leaves or check if you are on a bus. One time, i had
to run for it through a very crowd market (the terminals, for some
reasons are always in the markets), because i was getting some food
when the bus left with my backpack.
"So yea, it gets very difficult; the
sleepless nights followed by dirty towns and not very dangerous but
very annoying harassment from some of the locals. The search for a
hostel or a hotel sometimes becomes a journey in itself, usually a very
tiring and unpleasant journey."
Can't deny any of it. But believe it or not some of us think it is fun. Maannn...it's all good tales and adventures. Full blog post here.
The piece I entered is from my old Vietnam blogging days and I originally wrote it with my parents' upcoming visit in mind. It received the biggest response of anything I had ever written - which is why I entered it here.
It's called. Visiting Vietnam - Read This. And you can find it here. Please go, leave comments and if you are truly wonderful then link it too and tell others to do the same.
I'd read about it before coming out here and it essentially just means no. - In this case (pictured above), it meant no photos and it didn't work.
Before we got here my girlfriend and I had become fascinated by the range of Nica hand gestures that we read about.
So much so that I actually got used to being teasingly told off by the wagging finger. The other gesture that captured our imagination was the giving of directions by the directional puckering of the lips rather than finger pointing.
I'd beg: "Go on, ask me the way to the bathroom"
Then I'd twist my lips into what I thought was the Nica style.
I'm still waiting to see it in the flesh so I'm glad that Daveande is out there. It seems like he has seem them all - he's also fast becoming my favourite English language blogger here.
When you want to refer to your diarrhea: Make a fist and lock your elbow into the side of your body. Move the lower part of your arm up and down When you want to say someone is stingy or cheap: Flex your bicep and tap the bottom of your elbow with your opposite hand.while grimacing.
I've got to learn how to ask directions soon. I'm desperate to see the pointed lip pucker.