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After a pot of powerful coffee and a rosquilla, we set out soon after daylight for Nicaragua. It had been a pleasant drive around pine-covered hills and rotating highways almost without traffic so early in the morning. We made south at Danlí, through the small town of El Paraítherefore, and ultimately arrived at the border crossing of Las Manos.

The first thing to pique my curiosity was the long line of trucks. Dozens upon a large number of cargo trucks of every size and information were parked over the edges of the trail for at the very least half of a mile. Nothing was going, and there clearly was not just a driver in sight. The likelihood joined my brain that they might be at the line arranging paperwork for access into Nicaragua, and, thinking about the pure number of waiting trucks, it must be interminably slow. My wife, her dad and I decided it may be better to find a parking position and go across, as opposed to risk a lengthy point awaiting a vehicle permit. We will take a cab to Ocotal, several miles further south.

Upon nearing the Honduran immigration office, we were besieged by "tramitadores" offering to fill out the official paperwork and get us to the leading of the range, all for a price, of course. After about three moments of taking a look at the point, we agreed. It did charge us several Lempiras, but we suddenly found ourselves facing the immigration official, a really desirable young lady of maybe 25 years. I immediately felt greater about the whole situation, however not for long.

My wife shown her ID, the girl placed an official seeking report, and waved her onto the Nicaraguan side. Her dad presented his ID, same paper and press, and a trend on. I presented my US passport, she appeared and immediately asked for seventy Lempiras. I requested why I have to pay. She very succinctly said it's for permission to keep Honduras, and if I was at the line seeking to increase my charge upon re-entry, she would not do that. It was not a fortune, so I simply chalked it as much as the "special gringo cost," and went away feeling happy I was not committed to her.

I swept up with my wife and Tio at the Nicaraguan immigration office. Today Nicaraguan tramitadores were clamoring to complete the paperwork. They didn't specially need Lempiras, but took them anyway. The procedure was the same for Ada and Tio. They shown their ID, got a stamped paper and a good "Bienvenidos a Nicaragua ".I shown my US passport, and the person in the window got an term on his face that could have created Mordecai Jones proud. Before actually taking a look at any paperwork, he straight away called for a dozen US dollars. That is almost 300 Nicaraguan Córdobas. Again, not really a ton, but annoying when I'm the ONLY one in some of the lines spending ANYTHING! I was listening for the Spanish equivalent of, "For you personally, today just! ".

I told the Nicaraguan immigration specialist that I have already been living in Honduras for quite a while, and I don't have US dollars. After consulting with several his guys, he reluctantly said he'd take Córdobas instead I somewhat impatiently told him I don't have Córdobas both, only Lempiras. Being the beneficial man he was, he directed me in the path of a person ranking below a pine about thirty feet out, whom he explained might modify income for me. The cash changer drawn out a massive bunch of Córdobas and said he would be happy to alter my money - but only if I'd US pounds!

While seeking to keep my body pressure in check, I returned to the screen and relatively forcefully explained to the officer that I do not have dollars, and I can not buy Córdobas. I have Lempiras ONLY! Relatively curtly, and with a ashamed sigh, he presented out his hand and required 300 Lempiras. He created very good curiosity considering a dozen dollars is just about two hundred forty, but eventually I was finally in Nicaragua.

Number taxis were available, so following a crazy bus experience we arrived in the tired small community of Ocotal, acquired the deal and organized for the return. Mom Character did her best to delay us with an instant downpour, nonetheless it gave reason enough to duck in to a local cafe for a few cold Nicaraguan drinks, of in fact very good. Afterward, we paid a taxi to get us back again to the line at Las Manos, and found ourselves again in-front of the very same window.


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