Category Archives: Nicaragua

Bigfoot in Léon, Nicaragua

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Locally-owned Bigfoot Hostel, tel (505) 917-8832, bigfootnicaragua@gmail.com, http://www.bigfootnicaragua.com, just northeast of Parque Central, 50 meters south of Banco Procredit, is a colonial home transformed into a backpacker haven. It is within meters of an ice cream parlor (a perfect antidote … Continue reading

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Peace of the future

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Estelí, about two hours north of Léon, another Sandinista stronghold, drew many International sympathizers (in the late 1970s and early 1980s) opposed to the Somoza regime and its American-backed Counter-revolutionaries. To aid in teaching volunteers Spanish quickly, many make-shift language … Continue reading

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Planet Cerro Negro

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León, the capital of the 1978-1979 Nicaraguan revolution, is tough and beautiful like its grand Cathedral littered with bullet-hole reminders of the not so distant civil war. A short walk along Avenida Central leads to La Universidad Autonoma de Nicaragua, … Continue reading

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Granada belle

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Taking photos from the bell tower of the cathedral, I was surprised by a young French girl also seeking the best shot of the city, but was more than likely looking for someone to hang out with. We spent the … Continue reading

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Isla de Ometepe, oink and run

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    With my side-swinging satchel and futbol cinco shoes on, I set out with my guide Douglas to climb 1394 meter high Volcán Maderas in the thickening mist. Douglas was a Sandinista supporter, who spoke about weapons used during … Continue reading

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Gentleman Sandinista

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LÉON, Nicaragua — El Caballero swigs from his one-litre bottle of Victoria cerveza and smiles warmly, eyes drifting off to a time when all of his dreams seemed possible. A thick red candle on the table makes his face glow … Continue reading

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