Community Dispatches

How to make cents of change in Nicaragua

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It should be a simple request. You pull out currency for something and you expect to get change back from your purchase. Happens everywhere, every day, or so I thought until I visited Nicaragua for a month, including a two-week stint as a volunteer in a poor village near Granada and found otherwise. Repeatedly. Continue Reading →

Nicaragua Dispatch — the backstory

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As a teenager, Miami-based journalist Tim Rogers left the comforts of suburban Massachusetts with his father in exchange for a battered Nicaragua freshly emerged from years of war. “It was the most foreign thing I could have imagined – from Wellesley, Massachusetts to this war-torn ruinous city, Managua,” he said. “It was fascinating to me.”

After that 1992 trip, by way of Mexico and Costa Rica, Rogers found his way back to the country that so enraptured him at 16. Although he now calls Miami home, Rogers, 39, still keeps “a wistful eye on Nicaragua,” the country where he launched and struggled to sustain two English-language publications. Where he freelanced for major international outlets. Continue Reading →

Stealing and interracial harmony: a few of Nicaragua’s April festivals

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There are lots of interesting festivals and parties going on in the month of April, including the Semana Santa festivals around the country (many of which are not to be missed) and the Carnival in Managua. Here are three of the lesser-known but equally fascinating events going on around Nicaragua in April. Did you know there is a Nicaraguan holiday when the kids go out and steal? (No, that isn’t every night, Mr. Funnyguy). It’s called Judas Night and it is “celebrated” late Easter Sunday night by kids going out into their barrios and hanging up effigies of Judas. Continue Reading →

Brody Jenner is vacationing in Nicaragua

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The son of Bruce Jenner, Brody, who has had several appearances on the reality Keeping up with the Kardashians is visiting Nicaragua. He posted on her Instagram photo from a beach and wrote: “Good morning, Nicaragua”. Brody Jenner is in “Rancho Santana” in Rivas, Nicaragua with his girlfriend Kaitlynn Carter. Both have walked the beaches and tapped the waves for surfing. Brody is 31 years old and is the youngest child of Bruce Jenner’s previous marriage. When his father remarried, Brody Jenner became brother of Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Robert Kardashian and also has two half sisters Kendall and Kylie. Continue Reading →

Notes on eating iguana soup in Subtiava

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“It’s just chicken,” the lady behind a fresh food stand assures me with a wink, as she bags two freshly killed iguana, along with their eggs. Teresa and I balk, but only for a moment. We have a mission to complete: purchase all the ingredients for sopa de garroba— or, iguana soup. Our guide, Héctor, helps us navigate El Mercado Central, the main food market in León, stopping to chat with the ladies who run the various fruit and vegetable stands. He gives us pinches of pinolillo, a mixture of cornmeal and cacao that when mixed with water or milk transforms into the traditional Nicaraguan drink. Continue Reading →

Watch: Amazing video of lobster boat explosion off Little Corn Island

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LITTLE CORN ISLAND —Expats, locals and tourists gathered on the beach of Little Corn Island yesterday to watch a lobster boat catch fire then explode in dramatic fashion. The boat was empty at the time and no one was injured in the fireball. The boat caught fire at approximately 4:30 Wednesday afternoon, and the explosion happened about half an hour later. The explosion is believed to have been caused by  a small propane tank used for cooking on the boat. There were no lobster traps on board, so the financial loss was not as bad as it could have been for the owner, a local man named Emildo. Continue Reading →

Galerias Santo Domingo invest US$25 million in expasion

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The expasion of the mall includes a four-floor parking lot and a new Hyatt Hotel. Galeria Santo Domingo

Galerias Santo Domingo will expand and remodel their installations. The project represents an investment of $25 million and greater development to the economy of the country. Fernando Robleto, of real estate Santo Domingo, the holding company of Galerias Santo Domingo, said they decided invest in infrastructure and technology to provide a better service and comfort to their costumers

“Given the success of our businesses and the growing demand for brands wholesale space, we decided to invest in this expansion project, which includes a reworking of the current area and the construction of a two story building for new chains and brands, supporting and the dynamism of the national economy and creating new jobs”, said Robleto. ”With this investment we contribute to the development of projects in Nicaragua and the investment climate. This will allow many Nicaraguans and foreign companies to realize their expansion plans by providing adequate infrastructure.” Continue Reading →

Help me find my uncle, missing in Nicaragua

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My uncle traveled to Nicaragua on Tuesday February 17, 2015 from St. Louis, MO. He was supposed to return home on Friday February 27,  but never returned . He may of traveled south toward Costa Rica, San Juan Del Sur or El Castillo (we are not sure). His name is Thomas Patrick Quain but goes by Pat or Patrick. Continue Reading →