Well hello there, my pretty ponies, I am the happiest Cheastypants in the world. The sun is shining, Obama will be president, and best of all, my amazing wonderful brilliant beautiful and hilarious friend MOXITA THE FIFI POODLE just arrived to visit me!!! She got here last night and in the 12 hours since she arrived we've laughed so hard we cried. Twice. There is nothing better than a good friend, nothing better at all.
So over the next few weeks I'm taking a hiatus from research to have some fun around here. Initially I wasn't going to take this coming week off at all, but Nicaragua's municipal elections are coming up this weekend, and in an effort to help his party win, President Ortega declared many many days off work. Clearly, this was a sign from God that I must leave Managua and have some fun. Also, they've banned the sale of alcohol for the four days surrounding the election. Crazy. The whole environment here is insane right now with huge spontaneous demonstrations and parades and shouting throngs of crazy flag-waving Sandinistas and lunatic Liberals hanging by the dozens from the rooftops and beds of trucks and buses. And here's something nutty: the Liberals here are actually Conservative. How wild is this country, I ask you? Sometimes I feel like I'm living in a Gabriel García Márquez novel.
Ok, updates to come forthwith. Today, I work, tomorrow I go to the beach. That's as far as we've gotten in planning, but I think it's a good start.