I couldn't check the weather forecast before I headed off to the Caribbean coast? Goodbye riots in Managua, hello tropical depression. I've never actually seen a palm tree bend almost in half before, but now I know it's possible. Leaving on the first plane out, back to western Nicaragua. Might just head to the lake. Internet painfully slow. Might start weeping. Or maybe beat my head on the wall? Also an attractive option. At least Moxita the Amazing Fifi Poodle and I are still making each other laugh. You guys should hear the new funny accent I just figured out how to do. That's me, always exploring new frontiers in boredom-inspired hilarity. Will be performing live in Austin this December!
A few notes to address very excellent and valid points raised in yesterday's comments:
Regarding election violence, it will calm down soon. Additionally, all riots are planned ahead and advertised widely, so they are easy to avoid. I just have to read the paper every day and keep talking to people to stay abreast of current news. As for my friend who was killed, he was in Guatemala, not Nicaragua, and he was traveling on a bus that wasn't a major busline, which I will not do. Plus, I'm not going to Guatemala. As for life here in Nica, I have finished all my archival work now (just waiting for final photocopies to be ready for pickup), and am heading up to the mountains (small towns, safe places, very chill) to scout out some field work locations for oral history interviews. I will not be moving about in Managua that much. Believe me, if I really felt that I was in danger, I'd be on the first plane home. This is work, and it is not worth my life. What all this election craziness constitutes for me is a pain in the ass, but not a real danger. I promise, if that changes, I'm out of here. Thank you all for your concern, I promise I'm doing all I can to stay safe and away from political demonstrations.