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Granada from Hotel Dario
Note:  I busted my card reader so will upload photos later, sorry for the wordiness...

OK well here we finally go!  After almost 18 months off of work with three major trips, I have been back at work for just over a year at Endeca and am feeling overdue for a bit of international wanderlust so we are off to Nicaragua for a couple of weeks. The first week we have vague plans for site seeing with Cathy and Robb (Cindy's sister and brother-in-law who live in Chicago with our three nieces) around Granada, Isla Ometepe, San Juan del Sur and Managua as well as looking at some real-estate.  Robb wants to hedge his bets in case the US economy tanks (any further) and is interested in looking at the apparently very affordable islands on Lake Nicaragua (where the almost extinct fresh water mud shark is supposedly making a comeback - which only Frank Zappa, were he still corporeal, could be happy about).
Concepcion Volcano on Ometepe Island


After the first week of traveling, we go to Managua for a night and then Cathy and Robb head back to Chicago and their three cute little girls (see Halloween pictures on the next entry) and we are off to the Caribbean side of the country to visit the Corn Islands and hopefully get in a fair amount of snorkeling (we will see how our low-tech underwater camera housing works, stay tuned...) and perhaps some fishing.

As usual, right when you think things should be mellowing down at work so that you can ease your way into a vacation, something pops up, in this case a last minute Request for Information that we all had to scramble to get done in time (last Wednesday).  One of my few talents seems to be corralling all the necessary people and consolidating responses into a glorious presentation and document to deliver to the customer (who often says thanks and does absolutely nothing with it.
San Juan del Sur Beach
)  Consequently, late Tuesday evening I was frantically trying to get everything finished and packaged up to deliver to the client.  Luckily, Cindy had packed mostly everything and all I had to do was some minor packing at the end (and the requisite pre-trip cocktail of course…)

Election Mania is in full swing in the US and, after submitting our absentee ballots, we’re happy to get out of dodge and hear about the results from afar.  We hopped in a cab to John Wayne Airport where, believe it or not, our cabby (who looked like a giant Harley guy) had a cousin or something who somehow knew the governor or someone of equal importance in Managua.  At least he didn’t ask if it’s safe there like most everyone else…

The flight to Chicago was uneventful as I spent the entire time trying to clean out my over laden in-box from work prior to leaving and Cindy bailed on watching the dubious but somehow apropos movie on the plane which was Swing Vote, some retarded Kevin Costner flick where he is going to determine the fate of the presidency with his deciding vote.
Little Corn Island
  Hope he doesn’t vote Maverick!

Cathy picked us up at O’Hare with a very sleepy McClain in the car seat in the back and, after dropping our stuff off at their house, we went to school and picked up the twins Morgan and Bailey.  They were especially excited to see “Aunt Cindy” as you can tell from their welcome drawing below.

Those more cynical of you might tend to think “Hmm.  Morgan as in Captain Morgan’s? Bailey as in Baileys Irish Cream? What about McClain?”  Well, truth be told, Cathy and Robb figured that somewhere in Ireland, Scotland or Wales there must be a nice single malt called McClain. Besides, Margarita just doesn’t fit with a little blond…

I was a little worried when after checking email, I hadn’t seen the RFI response go out, but after tracking down our VP in charge, he promise to send it out before the end of the day when it was due.
Aunt Cindy is the Best!
  I finally saw it go out at 5:40pm PST and decided it was time to celebrate with a cocktail ;-)
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Granada from Hotel Dario
Granada from Hotel Dario
Concepcion Volcano on Ometepe Isla…
Concepcion Volcano on Ometepe Isl…
San Juan del Sur Beach
San Juan del Sur Beach
Little Corn Island
Little Corn Island
Aunt Cindy is the Best!
Aunt Cindy is the Best!
The Nicaraguan Fresh Water Shark
The Nicaraguan Fresh Water Shark
Newport Beach
photo by: lrecht