Fondacion La Vecina, La Boquilla, Cartagena, Colombia
Casco Viejo, Panama City.
The best of Nicaragua
Nicaragua felt like being 50 years back in time sometimes, it reminded me of my mother's stories on how life was in the countryside when she was a kid. Pigs, chickens, cats, dogs, horses, goats, cows, and ducks run around freely in the streets and often in the kitchens. A lot of unpaved roads but also a lot of paving work going on, which tells of the pivotal moment this country is in right now. Public illumination is limited so you often need a headlight. Nica food is very simple: gallo pinto, which is rice, onions and black beans, eggs, tostones, a piece of salty cheese, a little salad. Fish and seafood here are delicious, as well as the natural juices. Tona, the local beer, is good too. Nica people are nice and quiet. Tranquilos. I haven't seen much partying or loudness, apart from the people who want to get you on their bus. I've seen local dancing twice in a month. I felt always safe and i haven't heard of any robbery.The revolution and the US embargo had a big impact both on the territory and the people. For instance there are not many handcraft goods because most of the traditional arts were abandoned during the revolution. Only few areas are left, like in the Solentiname Islands. Nature is beautiful and mostly intact because of the underdevelopment. There's a lot of wildlife, more than I've seen in other countries in Central America. Unfortunately I noticed a lack of environmental awareness within the locals: they tend to leave trash everywhere, sea and rivers included. I really hope they can handle smartly the wave of tourism that is about to hit them, preserving the natural beauty that they have been gifted with.
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Beautiful Kids playing with colors & glue, Little Corn Island