Nicaragua - Day 1

After one day in Saint Paul back from Portland, we got up at 3:30 AM Xmas day to take a cab to the airport, for a connection through Atlanta to Nicaragua - which is where we are now. The flights were smooth and uneventful, and it was nice - after a solid month of 30s and low 40s - to experience tropical 80s.

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While we waited for our driver to pick up another couple, I took this photo of the front and superstructure of the Managua airport.


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We're spending our first three days in Leon, a colonial city about 50 miles from Managua. Halfway through the drive, we pulled over for a view of the impressively tall and symmetrical Volcano Mototombo on the shores of Lake Managua.


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We checked into our Leon hotel, La Perla, which occupies an elegantly restored colonial building in the neoclassical style, dating from the 1700s.


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From our balcony at sunset, we were greeted with the spectacular sight of the Church of the Recollection, a few blocks across town, bathed in golden light.


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We decided to walk down to the square and the cathedral, on the way passing this fellow unwinding after a doubtless hard day ...


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... and this small portion of a larger mural keeping alive the memory of the oppression of the Somoza days.


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Coming to the cathedral square, we found a lively Christmas evening celebration going on, including this whirling, very tall lady powered by a small lad underneath her skirts.


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Across the square to the west was another church (there are many in this area) with unusual spires silhouetted against a beautiful sunset.


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Wandering some more around the cathedral square, we came upon kids with their parents waiting to talk to Santa,


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a big horse on which little kids could sit to be photographed, with the cathedral in the background,


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and a lady cooking dinner for the crowd. All in all, a nice introduction to Nicaragua.

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This page contains a single entry by Victor Bloomfield published on December 25, 2011 9:00 PM.

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