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Street Walk at Dusk

All shot as is (black and white with borders) with Olympus E-PL5 w/14-42 kit lens
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Generosity of the Poor = = = walking in a rural area along the coast.

Through the small window behind a barbed wire fence, I noticed this lady making fresh tortillas. I asked in Spanish, if I could take photos of her working. Shyly, she agreed.

While shooting - I asked her name and then the name of the man beside and asked about her family. When I had my shot, I showed her the photo on the back of the camera screen.

Immediately she turns to the man and requests a tortilla and hands it to me. As I typically would do, I reached in my pocket and pulled out money to pay her. She refused. I insisted and she reluctantly accepted.

Walking back to my wife, I ripped off a piece of the steaming hot tortilla and handed it to her. So delicious. The woman must have noticed this, and as we were walking away she came running across the property with another tortilla for Anne. We thanked her again and headed off.
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aww me hizo recordar mis días de predicación en Somoto, en Wiwilí y en Matagalpa, no solo te dan tortillas, también te dan bananas, cafe con rosquillas, frijoles con tortilla y cuajada... etc, etc....son muy generosos aún en su pobreza :) thanks for share this Rob :)
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THE CAMBISTA'S APPRENTICE

Cambistas - or money exchangers - are commonplace in Nicaragua. Generally it is the simplest and preferred way to convert your native currency to local cordobas.

Passing by several yesterday, I noticed this young fellow sitting in the chair normally occupied by a man bellowing out "Dolares Dolares".  He was flipping through the stack of cash that his mother had handed him. Schooling was full on as she showed him how to do the folds and stacks. He even had his own calculator for entering numbers necessary to figure out conversion.

In 4 years touring the streets here, I have never seen this - so had to take a photograph of it.

Being that I had passed by and had to go back to take the shot - I was now noticed by the participants and so the scene ended up a little more staged than what I had witnessed. But the family were in full agreement to my taking the shot, and the little fellow fist pumped me after I showed his picture on my camera screen.
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BlueFields - Caribbean Flare

The east coast of Nicaragua is a different culture than the rest of the country. It has a heavy Caribbean influence - much like we found in Costa Rica. While Spanish is spoken there, English, Creole, and native language called Miskito are more common.

All photos taken with an Olympus E-PL5 w/14-42 kit lens
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Local Pastry Shop at Night - Parque Guadalupe, Leon Nicaragua
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Playa Roca, Las Penitas, Nicaragua. The waves were fun and strong this past Monday - great for rolling around in - awesome for surfing - - - but the water levels and waves are playing havoc with the Playa Roca beach front area. This was one particularly intense hit that sent a bunch of people scurrying from the edge.
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Well Nicaragua is good motivation for photos as well as other interests.

It turns out that I had a tough week last week - first when in Bluefields on the Caribbean Coast, I moved the fan into the living room and tripped over the power cord landing heavily on some rough ceramic tile. This broke my big toe, strained my foot and skinned my elbows and knees. Same week - just after returning to Leon, I reached out to shake a friends hand and got stung by a 5" long scorpion that was hidden in the dark colour of my shirt. My hand obviously brushed by him and I felt the immediate sting.

Well when I let friends know - my singing buddy Rick said it was time to write a song about Scorpions. I didn't like the idea at all and thought it was stupid. I happen to be highly motivated with music right now though, after purchasing a guitar at a shop here in Leon yesterday.

TOO MUCH MOTIVATION I GUESS. So I am trying to have my afternoon sleep and words and phrases and rhyme start circling in my head. Within half an hour the song was written and I was taping it so I wouldn't forget. I uploaded the video recording to Youtube. The song is called "Thick Toes and Scorpions":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03Rkht_QCpk
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BlueFields - Caribbean Flare

The east coast of Nicaragua is a different culture than the rest of the country. It has a heavy Caribbean influence - much like we found in Costa Rica. While Spanish is spoken there, English, Creole, and native language called Miskito are more common.

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Musician - guitarist and singer in Moods Music from 1973 - 1976

Significant - married Anne May 8'th, 1976.

Professional Photography - first paying jobs (portraits and weddings) in 1979 using a Mamyia twin lens and Photofloods. Created the paying "Love Story Session" in 1985 as an alternative to free "traditional engagement pictures". Began processing all of my color negs and prints in 1986 using Jobo processors. Main Street studio from 1989 - 1998. Fully web based since 2002.

Computer Coding - 1990, using my Atari 520ST coded a custom "Apple like" GUI with 3D pushable buttons and animations, created a relational database from scratch, built a functional clock and calendar using and adapting code from a huge IBM book that included pages and pages of coding a clock and calendar (that I didn't understand), started work on image file compression and storage compression algorithms, and built a Picture Framing application for doing all calculations, displaying a graphic showing the proportions of the mat and frame on the screen, and calculating the prices (using my homemade database).

Web Coding - Registered www.robertwatcher.com in 2002. Learned PHP and within 2 months had built my website as well as 2 additional dynamic web applications for business clients. Over the years have produced several popular single purpose FREE web apps and  utilities, primarily for photographers. Developed the (for sale) "phpCrazySite" HTML based website application for photographers, in 2006 - based on the centered flash applications being used.

Premium Web Hosting - Providing photographers and small business with a competively priced, personalized web hosting service. Since 2007 loyal clients have benefited from a fast response and generous help in all matters.

Significant - currently 4 successful adult children, 3 with spouses who Anne and I love, as well as 5 beautiful grandchildren.

I am a happy and satisfied man.
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It was nice getting to know Alex and Karla to learn from their vast experience in the coffee production field. We purchased some coffee to take back to Leon with us. Nice having them speak English as well.
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We were pleasantly surprised finding this place to stay the night. From the street you couldn't tell there would be such a space. The room was inexpensive, clean, fan over the bed and importantly HOT watcher shower.
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We enjoyed our meal and having the balcony open to the setting sun. About as romantic as you can get on a Main street downtown.
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A nice place to sit and relax while walking the city. Didn't have a coffee, so can't speak on the quality of that.
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