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February 26, 2010

Nicaragua – February 11th, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — wally426 @ 4:49 pm

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At the Borderline

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Making due

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P-rice

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Siesta

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Customs

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Vaquero

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Everywhere you went, there were people selling trinkets and food. Most prevalent were “cambiados” – people trying to exchange dollars for Córdobas (Nicaraguan currency)

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Please drop SOMETHING

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Everywhere you went, there was “Daniel” graffiti. This was in reference to Daniel Ortega, Nicaragua’s president and former Sandanista revolutionary. His party, the FSLN, was a major thorn in the back of the Reagan administration back in the 80’s. Posters which are plastered all over the cemetery entrance are calling out right-wing officials for being “Ladrones” – Theives…

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Ciudad de Masaya

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Rooftop

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Rafael y Helma

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Mariachi

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Folking Beautiful

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Heddy Lamarr

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Up the volcano

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Countryside

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The Masaya volcano – Part of Nicaragua’s largest national park

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Skull Rock

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Life finds a way

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Floes – Inside the Volcano’s mouth

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Don’t Fall in

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Sedimentary

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Ciudad de Granada – Founded in 1584 by Fransisco Córdoba, this is one of Nicaragua’s oldest cities. In the 1800’s, a Tennesseean by the name of William Walker took residence there and delcared himself “Presidente de Nicaragua”. The residents didn’t take too kindly to this and ran his “Army” out of town. Before they left, one of the generals decided to fire the city, completely destroying most of its historical landmarks. He printed the words “Granada was here” on the smoldering foundation of the city’s church.  

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Moto

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Nada

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Homeless boy

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Se Vende

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School of hard knocks

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Heladero

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Viejo

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Graffic Granada

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Cortando

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Dark Side

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Bright Side

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Lunch Break

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Gotcha!

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Avenida Silla

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They’re everywhere

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Just like Central Park

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Calle

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Convento de San Fransisco

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Pobresa

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My nephew, Michael, loves Thomas the Train. It wasn’t easy trying to pretend that these kids weren’t begging for food and money, but seeing this boy really hit close to home. It was one of the toughest pictures I’ve ever taken.

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Plaza de Palmas

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Puerta

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Over the hills

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Aztec Gods

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Barbed Wire

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Aspersorium

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To give scale to this picture, the volcano and the horse are separated by one of the world’s largest lakes

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Concepción Volcano

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Lake Nicaragua – Concepción on the left, Maderas on the right. The two active volcanoes actually share the same island (Ometepe). What’s crazier is that over 40,000 people live on the island. With only a small ferry going back and forth, an eruption would produce catostrophic results…

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