Category Archives: Forget-Me-Not-Nations

Gentleman Sandinista

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LÉON, Nicaragua — El Caballero swigs from his one-litre bottle of Victoria cerveza and smiles warmly, eyes drifting off to a time when all of his dreams seemed possible. A thick red candle on the table makes his face glow … Continue reading

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Fear’s Bravado

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Like mosquitoes slowly draining strength from a weary body, the necessary details of travel: where to go when, for how much and how long, sometimes cling overly preoccupying a weary mind. But, just as pressing as these concerns can seem, … Continue reading

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Chicken Bus Hangover – Part 2

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He became unsteadier as he jostled the standing victims that buoyed him. He continued to take turns resting for moments on passengers before getting shaken off again. It occured to thse passsengers at the same moment that the man was … Continue reading

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Chicken Bus Hangover – Part 1

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The chicken bus cranked its way up the mountain, forcing its passengers into the strangest combinations of space-sharing. They sat snug four per seat in 16 x 2 rows. an elbow squeezed into an armpit. A kneecap fit against the … Continue reading

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The Richard Nixon School of Costa Rica

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The sign, bearing the name Instituto Parauniversitario Richard Nixon, translated easily enough. In the small city of Heredia, nestled in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica, more than 3000 land miles and seven countries south of Washington DC, there … Continue reading

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