Friday, November 7, 2008

Nicaraguan experience

The first thing we did today was go back to the post office in search of the MIA box of winter clothes. Still not here, which is quite inconvenient because now we have to stay in Ephrata longer than we had planned.

After that bad news we went to the Green Dragon. This is a huge flea market and farmers market. It is huge! They only open on Fridays from 9 am to 9 pm. We actually found a couple of good deals there. We ended up staying all day.

When we were done we went back to the Ten Thousand Villages store for their ethnic dinner night. Tonight they had a Nicaraguan buffet. The food was pretty good and very similar to other Hispanic food but perhaps a bit more bland. The menu included caldo de papa (vegetarian soup with potato, tomato and corn meal), cabbage and tomato salad, gallo pinto (vegetarian rice and beans), guiso de elote con chayote (corn with chayote squash), and carnes desmenuzadas (beef with peppers, onions and a sour orange sauce).

After dinner we walked around the store again because there is so much to see here. We got permission from the manager to stay in their parking lot tonight, we filled up our water tank, and then settled in for the night.

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