Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Day 250 Smoke-rings

The second, and last stop on our impromptu road trip was Esteli, cigar capital of Nicaragua. How could we not go on a cigar factory tour? For me it was the second time around but just as fun. 

The word cigar comes from the Spanish "cigarro". Cigarro possibly comes from the Mayan word  "sicar" to smoke rolled leaves. Also possibly, because of their shape, coming from the Spanish for cicada, "cigarra." 

A cigar is defined as "a tightly rolled bundle of dried and fermented Tobacco that is ignited so that its smoke may be drawn into the mouth." 

On our visit to the factory we not only got to observe the process but roll a few of our own cigarros. At the end of the tour we enjoyed trying a few. To smoke a cigar one draws the smoke into the mouth to savor it but does not inhale it into the lungs. Here are a few photos of us perfecting out technique. 


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