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You know you’re in Nicaragua

I first knew I was in Nicaragua when I was sitting outside the Costeña (domestic) terminal in Managua, arguing with a man about what time it was (an hour earlier than I was hoping), when I glimpsed two security guards having a drink and a snack in the shade. Hanging...

When you’re not here, you’re fuera

¡Fuera! is what you shout at a dog (if you don’t shout ¡Sale!) when you want him to go outside. Fuera (no exclamation points) is also what we say when it turns out you aren’t, or won’t be where you normally are. BTW, this is about fuera, which is...

Everyone’s a cartographer

Before I start this post, you should know that not only am I a terrible navigator (rendering me nearly useless as a copilot, though I will keep you supplied with snacks), I am also not a particularly good artist. There’s a funny aside here about how when someone...