Category Archives: Forget-Me-Not-Nations

The Football War

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I moseyed through a city park where military officers mixed nonchalantly with a mother, her child played with a red ball around monuments twin two-wheeled machine-gunners. Honduras had no recent civil war to speak of like its neighbours. But for … Continue reading

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Welcome home?

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The bus heaved in to the terminal in Comayaguela, on the west side of the Rio Choluteca, opposite Tegucigalpa at about 10 p.m. The town this side of the river is considered “dirtier and poorer” by the oft-reliable lonely planet … Continue reading

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Te-goose me indirectly

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The bus from Estelí led to the border crossing at Las Manos, where I stepped into Honduras in mid-afternoon after a brief stop at its immigration window. The border official told me the last bus to the capital city (Tegucigalpa), … 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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