It was the best of times it was the worst of times

I’m going to steal Mr. Dicken’s line from a Tale of Two Cities, because right now it fits in with everything I seem to be doing, although for the sake of accuracy let’s swap city for country.

From the best news possible which means The Coffee Fairy is going to finally grow up and match the big boys on the shelves of all the poshest places….(watch this space) to some of the worst news, bad harvest of coffee, friends with serious health problems the difficulties that accompany the growing of any company – I have been so far away from ‘office politics’ for so long that this one took me completely by surprise but let’s not go there.

I’m tired of describing my life as a rollercoaster, because that would imply I could step off anytime I please, instead I appear to have bought a one way ticket, Then again, I’m not sure I would have it any other way…there is simply no pleasing some people!

I have had an ‘interesting’ day today buying water filters with a truck driver ‘sort of a friend of a friend’ from Esteli who assured me he knew his way around Managua, it turned out that he would not be able to navigate his way round a swimming pool. Managua is a pretty unpleasant city at the best of times, but lost in it’s maze, in 35 degree heat in heavy traffic it feels distinctly like hell on earth. I had no idea where we were going, I had the address but had checked and double checked beforehand that the driver knew his way around the city, and stupidly, naively I believed him when he said yes.

It’s my fault really, I fell for it despite plenty of experience to the contrary, just because Nicas tell you they know where they are going, doesn’t mean they do, just because they say ’it’s just around the corner’ doesn’t mean it is. With my right arm suffering 3rd degree sunburn, (the window wouldn’t close and my sunscreen had lost the battle with the relentless tropical sun) and stopping every 45 seconds to ask directions I think I finally lost it when I realised we were driving around in circles because he didn’t know his left from his right.

On the bright side, there are 15 new water filters bought and heading their way up to Esteli right now. Decidedly worth it in the end, and really, that was a good day.

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