Well that is what it sounds like when they are calling out as they drive down our street, but for the life of me I cannot find bateria to mean refuse, junk, used appliances, bed springs or any of the stuff that normally is being hauled around on these trucks. At least once a week one of these trucks is driving around picking up stuff in our neighborhood and this one had an old truckbed in the back.

San Clemente 2.19.2014 010Just something new to post – now do you think you pay them to remove it or do they pay you for the scrap?

18 thoughts on “Bateria

  1. That is too funny. Most of these guys in the trucks hold the microphone so close to their mouths that they over-modulate and obscure the words they are saying. I will have to stop the rubbish man next time I see him and get a better enunciation of his words. I will get back with you.

    • Hey John, that’s a good idea because honestly it sounds like “bataria or battery ah” to me. When you find out let me know what he is saying. For the past few weeks a new vendor has been coming up our street with a cart, I kept telling Joe he was selling those bolon’s the breakfast balls that are made from mashed plantains and fresh cheese…then one day we saw what he was selling it was pollo. I stopped him and bought a whole chicken for $8, it was fresh, never frozen and a young bird…very good, very tender and right to my door…the moral to the story is stop the vendors as you never know what you are going to find. Nancy

  2. We have a scrap truck that travels through our neighborhood once a week, too. I have to laugh because we’re not sure what they are saying, either. We’ve hauled our scrap metal to them and they take it away for free. I’m sure they get paid somewhere for the metal. Maybe the word is basura? Garbage? They call everything basura in Nicaragua, even leaves and rotten fruit that falls to the ground.
    Ron and I are leaving today. We’re taking a taxi to Manta. We’re tired of the buses! I am so sorry we won’t see you again. Our short visit was wonderful. Now, it’s your turn to come visit us! I am so happy that we finally met! Hugs to you both, until we meet again!

    • Deb and Ron, We are sad to see you leave us but know that you are truly happy on your island in Nicaragua. You never know about Joe, he may get the urge to fly again and if he does a nice trip to your area would be wonderful. Take care of yourselves, don’t feed the bulls any mangos and stay away from the buses in Ecuador ha ha Have a great trip home, blessings and hugs and kisses to you both, N & J

  3. It is Basura – which means trash or garbage – they pick ours up at least once a week – we put our garbage on a stand outside our fence – I do not know if they pick up other stuff like on the truck above – or you have to pay for it – I doubt if you have to pay for it – but I would stop and ask them.

    • Hi Audrey, I have tried to get basura out of “battery ah” but it does not sound anything like basura. Our garbage truck is a real garbage truck and they come by three times a week, this is some sort of scrap metals truck as I have seen old, I mean old bed springs, metal rods, car parts, stoves etc on the truck. There is a separate truck that picks up only plastic bottles. We don’t drink soft drinks and may have the occasional plastic water bottle but our neighbors save up soda bottles and give them to this one truck. I still have not figured out who pays whom. Nancy

  4. Hi Nancy and hope all is well with you and Joe.
    Just returned from a two-week trip to Salinas to do some maintenance on my house there. Unexpected problem: the pigeons found a way inside of the roof. Removed a ceiling tile and out flew one of them into the house. The rest of them cooed all night inside the roof. A local carpenter said that there is a chemical sold in the hardware stores, the scent of which pigeons do not like. So I hired him to take care of this problem for me without killing the birds.

    I am planning to visit Manta on my next trip in December. Can you give me an idea of the driving time from Salinas to there? I have avoided going there over the years because of the many stories of Manta being so unsafe. What were your impressions of the area with respect to this? How far away is San Clemente from Manta? Perhaps I can drop by on my way there to say hi.

    Regarding your post, they should pay for the metal scrap, especially the aluminum. You should pay them for hauling away any other heavy junk that the regular garbage trucks won’t take. I just changed all the old glass louvered windows in the house which had aluminum frames attached to the concrete. The carpenter was happy to take both the metal and glass that I replaced. Be well.
    Thanks. Leon

    • Hola Leon, When we lived in the condo in Salinas we had pigeons nesting in both a/c unit boxes and they drove us crazy. I had the landlords maintenance guy make a frame with a screen for both. He cleaned out years of pigeon poop, it was disgusting and I am sure unsanitary, they moved on and never bother us again. I feel your pain!!!

      I have never traveled by car from Salinas to Manta, but I would say it is a pretty long trip. We have traveled from Puerto Lopez to Manta but when we did those trips the Ruta del Spondillas was being paved so it took longer. Someone from Salinas should be able to tell you and I know that some drivers go into the mountains instead of taking the coast road and make much better time. From Manta to San Clemente is about 1 hour 30 minutes without driving crazy, because the road takes you almost into Portoviejo before you turn and head towards San Clemente. We stayed at the Hotel Oro Verde right on the water near the port, people were walking during the day, early morning, evening and we walked a great deal ourselves and had no problems. We dressed down, no jewelry, no cameras, no overflowing backpacks or fanny bags, looked and acted like we belonged and had no problems. Being aware of your surroundings and acting like you belong has been our strategy from the beginning, and it has worked out well. Only one place we did not like, the hotel has a gate at the back of the property that leads down to the beach. It has a camera and bell that ring the front desk that allows you out and then back in. There were folks hanging around that alley type staircase smooching and just hanging out. It is located right next to a police substation so I am sure it is safe. We stopped using it and walked out the front of the hotel down to the main entrance to the park which was about a block away, it just felt better to us. Let us know if you plan on making a trip up this way when you are in EC again. Nancy and Joe

    • Thanks David, we don’t have anything worth selling but it is fun to see what someone else has given them. I was amazed to see an entire truck this last time. Nancy

  5. Hi! I checked the Google Translate app and on my hubby’s advice put in ‘basura’. The translation is: garbage, trash, waste, junk, rubbish, etc. Maybe that’s what he’s saying? We just got home today from visiting Ecuador. We can’t wait to come back to San Clemente for a 6 month period in October. We met some great folks at Meir’s and really enjoyed getting to know some of the locals in town 🙂 Love your blog!

    • Hi, Can’t figure out what he is saying but it is always fun trying to understand a different language. So glad that you enjoyed your stay. Coming back is a very good sign…let us know when you are here and maybe we can meet for a beer or coffee. Thanks for reading. Nancy and Joe

    • Hi Dave, our friend David from The Point Restaurant said that they pay for big stuff…and will take away the little stuff…We don’t have much to get rid of, just in the process of filling the house up not empting it ha ha Nancy

  6. In Spanish basura means trash or rubbish so maybe it is some variation of that. I don’t know but maybe neither pays. The owner gets rid of it and the guy hauling it away gets to sell it. Everyone wins.

    • Tim, I like your way, everyone wins!!! You have been following us for a long time, thanks for continuing to read, Nancy

      • Thanks Nan. I enjoy reading your posts about life in Ecuador. My wife and I have been dreaming of moving there for several years but something always comes up. We were hoping to move in 2008 but couldn’t sell our house. Then we had hoped to move once our son graduated (next May) but now our married daughter is moving back home so who knows????

        • Tim, Once a parent always a parent, I am happy your family feels so comfortable that they would want to live with you. That is a true testament to your and your wife. Keep up hope, you never know when the tide may change and you get the opportunity to take the plunge, I really was not trying to be funny….Keep working towards your dreams,,,N

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