Nicaragua

Where there’s pain there’s power (Drive Day 75 minus 14 years)

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I’m not sure what brings most tourists to Managua. But if you’re lucky enough to be a traveler here, its charms will have enough time to sneak up on you. Take art, for example. From music to ceramics to oils, this place explodes with expression. We meet kids at the national music school who give us an impromptu jazz piano concert.

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It’s as if all those decades of war gave artists ammunition of their own. We are riddled through with awe. I’d become a collector if I weren’t traveling in a tin can. These three pieces come along for the rest of the ride.

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Dual realities of the third world kind (Drive Day 74 minus 14 years)

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There is an air-conditioned shopping mall in Managua but the locals shop in street markets. There’s an Intercontinental Hotel too, but no locals stay there. Howard Hughes camped out among its luxury suites, doing North America’s reputation no favors. It’s a miracle kids still see our obviously-tourist-faces and still smile.

 

 

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If your kids complain about doing chores, show them this (Drive Day 73 minus 14 years)

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Nicaragua: photo by Gary Geboy

Managua is no place for whiners. Especially not North American ones. This one so persistently demands to shine Gary’s shoes that I feel bad pointing out that they are sneakers. He’s got an answer for that piss poor excuse too. “Ok take my picture. Same price.”

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Badass buses (Drive Day 72 minus 14 years)

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Clearly driving around in a truck that screams “We’re from the country that undermined your revolution!” – complete with DC license plates – isn’t a good idea. But I’m not so sure these are either. I get carsick just hailing these collectivos, but you have to admit they have cojones.

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When cemented in the past is a good thing (Drive Day 71 minus 14 years)

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Managua: photo by Gary Geboy

I need to see these monuments. In the midst of abject poverty and the stifling heat that destroys ambitions, these memorials shout aloud that something did change. I wonder what would happen if this were how wars were memorialized in North America. Maybe we wouldn’t need to tear them down.

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Cash for guns, then cemented in place

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Ghosts of Revolution: Managua (Drive Day 70 minus 14 years)

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It’s been more than 30 years since the earthquake that devastated the capital. My family camped among its ruins in 1973 and the shocking thing is it doesn’t appear to have recovered all that much. That’s what happens when rebuilding gets usurped by revolutions and counterrevolutions.

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Managua: photo by Gary Geboy

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The father of Nicaraguan poetry (Drive Day 69 minus 14 years)

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Nicaragua: photo by Gary Geboy

It’s too far to make it to Managua in one day so we’re looking for the hometown of Central America’s most famous poet.

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The irony of Ruben Dario being known as the father of modernism does not escape us in this dusty outpost of the past.

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