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tutsiwarrior

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  1. be aware that for the e visa there are restrictions on the file size and format of the photos that one is required to upload with their application (<2.0mB and .jpeg, .jpg, .jif no .pdf allowed)...to accommodate the restrictions I uploaded a photo from the laptop camera (most phone cameras are > 2.8mB with better resolution) that was a bit blurry and then was rejected after the 3 day processing time, went to a photography shop to get things right, resubmitted and the processing re started from day one...it was then too late to travel so I got a quick visa on arrival instead, just barely...they must still use windows xp for the processing... so give yerself plenty of time for the e visa application...
  2. gotta find that miso where ye can geddit...I was at makro once and couldn't find the miso, got the step daughter involved who got the store assistant involved...and then she shifted a bag of salad cream aside to reveal the bags of miso behind and then I shouted 'arrrghhh!!!' and the store assistant started laughing uncontrollably 'dese falangs are such foolish creatures...' the step daughter had seen it all before and was exasperated... but at least I got my miso...been drinkin' all night and a bowl of miso soup right now would really hit the spot...
  3. was at the local makro and found zucchini (courgettes), celery, nice bell peppers (capsicums) and nice lemons...but no avocados also at the big tesco where I found some nice haas a couple of months ago...goin' to Hanoi next week and now I'm afraid that avocados are out of season...avocados and fresh baguettes are a highlight of any visit to VN go to the supermarket and get 2 kilos of fruit and then stop at the bakery for some fresh bread and then later the hotel room cleaners would find me passed out naked on the bed from an avocado and fresh baguette OD...'mistuh, mistuh, you all right mistuh? (shaking me gently to see if I was dead)' 'eh?! who are you and whaddaya doin' here? where's my avocados???!!!'... just made a stew with the courgettes, capsicum, potatoes, fresh toms and garlic and onions, out of this world using 'italian spices" (oregano, thyme, rosemary but no basil or marjoram) hadta make do with some toasted farmhouse slices rather than a nice crusty loaf but ye can't have everything I reckon... anyone been to VN recently and seen any avocados in the supermarket? usually at the end of an aisle in a large bin in the vegetable section...
  4. the food in Nicaragua is typical of central america, street food 'gallo pinto' which is a mixture of beans and fried rice and maybe some fried cheese served on a banana leaf and in the restaurants some 'tacos al pastor' with a caldo if yer lucky...where I worked in Managua was across from the post office/communications center and I'd get a piece of cornbread and an orange gaseosa for brekkie from the vendor women out front...fried plantain and some tough meat fer lunch served with the ubiquitous gallo pinto...lost about 20lbs when I was there and got down to my high school weight... down south in Bolivia and Chile a parrilla was considered to be haute cuisine, basically some beef gristle and organs grilled at the table, the chilenos had a predilection for avocados 'palta' and you could always get a nice sliced avocado salad dressed simply with oil and vinegar, nice with the local wine... in Cochabamba indigenous women would sell anticucho (grilled marinated beef hearts) sandwiches on fresh bread to drunks in the middle of the night at the bridge to Cala Cala and they were quite nice...and I always liked the empanadas and saltenas (available only on Sunday mornings)
  5. early 80s and I had a close friend that flipped, he had been acting weird and then lost his job as a disk drive controls engineer after an 'incident' at work...I went by his house to see how he was and he had smashed up his TV as he thought that the announcers were talking about him...I totally freaked (but stayed outwardly calm) and we had a mutual friend who was a trained therapist and I went and got him and he managed to get him to a doc and get the required meds and stayed with him until he got them going and stabilized... with regard to the OP's concern and his attempts to help his friend I never felt so helpless and inadequate in my life...our friend was never able to work again and drank himself to death a few years later... there's only so much that you can do...
  6. that centipede would scare the pants offa me more than the tokay... Tokay: an inexpensive fortified wine favored by skid road bums in metro areas of cities on the west coast of the USA...
  7. an old favorite...lyrics simple and easy to remember...later wid some girl in Bolivia who was 5 years older (21 to his 16), as he was intoning the lyrics he didn't realise what he was gettin' into...'I'm pregnant...' 'uh, well...I suppose that we could get married...' 'HAR, HAR, HAR!!!' (as in 'what a ridiculous concept')
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