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First Scooter Trip!

First Scooter Trip!

I had my first real drive on the new scooter today. I took it down to the lake and back a couple of times. On the way back from the second trip I got a bit adventurous and drove it all the way to La Colonia! It was pretty exciting. It basically is like riding a bicycle except there’s no peddling, it’s much faster, and weighs a lot more…which are all pretty important factors making it, although as “easy”, quite a different animal to deal with in traffic. There are a few Granada-specific elements to traffic that will take some getting used to before it’s second nature for me. Because the city is so old and not built with automobiles in mind, the streets are very narrow, which means many of them are only one way. Figuring out which street moves in what direction isn’t always an easy thing, especially when you’re streaking around at mind-blowing scooter speeds. There are also no traffic lights in Granada, or none that...

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Adventures in Buying a Scooter: Day 3

Adventures in Buying a Scooter: Day 3

WE NOW OWN A SCOOTER!! Well, it took three days, but we finally bought a scooter. After having to reschedule our first attempt to meet the seller and then driving all the way to Masaya to make the transaction only to have our good friend Bosco tell us that we really should do this with a lawyer present, we finally got it done today. We agreed that she would meet me in Granada in Parque Central at 6:00 pm then we would head over to the lawyer’s office, which is just a couple of blocks away. There were a few translation and technological hiccups involved in the process, but we finally got it worked out and I met her and her brother (who’d followed on his motorcycle to take her back to Masaya) in front of the Cathedral of Granada. Then came my first time ever to drive a scooter. On a busy Friday night. In one of the most trafficked hubs in Granada. Since Sixy (that’s the seller’s...

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Adventures in Buying a Scooter: Day 2

Adventures in Buying a Scooter: Day 2

Brief recap: We were all set to meet a nurse in Masaya to buy a scooter but then had to reschedule at the last minute because she got in a non-scooter related wreck. Now begins Day 2… The seller called and told Roberta that we could meet her at her house in Masaya after she got off work at 6:00 pm, so we re-scheduled Bosco to take us out there. We had already talked to a lawyer here – recommended by our landlord – who told us exactly what we would need to get from the seller: the title and an invoice, basically a formal letter that states she is, indeed, selling us the vehicle. She would also need to sign some documents provided by our lawyer. Our lawyer talked to her on the phone and explained that she would need to come to Granada to sign the documents the next day. She said whatever the Nicaraguan equivalent of “cool” is. We got to her house in Masaya a...

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Adventures in Buying a Scooter: Day 1

Adventures in Buying a Scooter: Day 1

We’ve decided to buy a scooter. Although we can get anywhere and do anything by walking, riding our bike, or taking taxis (mostly just walking, though) there are times when it would be beneficial to get somewhere fast. For instance, when we realize we don’t actually have any chicken halfway through making chicken enchiladas for dinner. We can’t really hoof it down to La Colonia and back in a few minutes. Plus, it would allow us to get to Masaya, Managua, or elsewhere on an as-needed basis, though this would be in borderline emergency cases. For non-emergencies we’re fine taking the bus or hiring our friend Bosco who owns Eleda Transporte to drive us out of town. Buying a vehicle in Nicaragua for non-residents is a bit of a trick. Vehicles have to be registered, but you can’t register a vehicle in your name unless you are a resident. What has to be done involves a lawyer and some specialized documents that, basically, leave the registration with the previous...

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