Panaderia’s are common here and this is one that has American style doughnuts and fresh ground Nicaraguan coffee.

This morning they are doing a brisk business making and selling cakes for birthdays and weddings.. At the counter, you can buy fresh bread, cookies, pastries, slices of carrot cake, and chocolate concoctions for your sweet tooth. They have ham and cheese and sub sandwiches for a modest price and I make a mental note, feeling like I am back in Uruguay looking inside Eduardo’s back seat. 

Seating myself at a small table in a corner I watch eyes light up as kids see their birthday cakes for the first time and ex pats come in for their breakfast on the way to the market for fresh vegetables and fish.

Once you find your best places in a new town, it starts to feel like home.

I listen to the bakers in the back room, kneading dough, squeezing icing out of tubes to decorate elaborate wedding cakes, chattering about their boyfriends and girlfriends, Grandma, and Presidente Ortega.

This little bakery feels like being on an inner tube on a river that lets you lie back and let the river carry you along on a perfect summer day where all you need is a swim suit, or less.

Finding my relaxed places in new places is what I do in foreign lands




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