Nicaragua now has Walmarts

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By Tom Newcomb ( on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 3:31 pm: Edit Post

Just came back form a visit to my site in 1973 at San Lucas, Madriz Nicaragua. Everyone has a phone, at least a cell phone and often a 'portable' phone that connects to Somoto. It looks like the type of phone we use in our homes but apparently is long range. Disconnects are common. Batteries run out, phone positions change, etc. They've had electricity now for several years but seldom have more than two or three outlets in their home. The road is now paved to Somoto with Adoquines and the other roads are being improved. The diet is changing. Rosquillos aren't as common, you can buy milk shakes in plastic containers, potato chips. People wear shirts with English words they don't understand. Pastors have shirts that read 'Hustler' or 'Pimpology'. Although Somoto has a nice new Market in the traditional style, the old theater has been converted into a walmart complete with shopping carts and cash registers.

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