Community Dispatches

Bringing the Macua back to the USA


My daughter, Maya, was adopted last year from Nicaragua. She is so special to our family. While in the adoption process Isaac and I lived in the county for five months. It was a unique time to experience Nica culture and where our daughter was born. We brought home not only the most precious gift but also some life long memories and new food ideas! Every year on the day we met Maya I plan on making an authentic Nica meal for the whole family. Continue Reading →

Drunken bull riding and sawdust carpets —lesser known festivals in Sept.

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Anyone who has put in the effort to get to know the real Nicaragua knows that the country needs little reason to celebrate, be it New Year’s Eve or an obscure saint celebration in a hamlet that doesn’t even warrant a spot on the map. September is an average month for festivals with the big ones being Central America’s Independence Day on the 15th and the start of the three months of San Jeronimo in Masaya on the 30th. While these two well-known festivals get most of the attention, here are two more fun festivals that are off the radar for most people. La Paz Centro is little more than a refueling stop for most travelers between Managua and Leon, but on Sept. 10 it erupts in alegría with the celebration of San Nicolás de Tolentino. Continue Reading →

US Embassy to change fees for visa services

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Nonimmigrant and immigrant visa application fees for certain visa categories will change on September 12, 2014. All visa applicants must pay the fee amounts in effect on the day they pay, with the exception of Immigrant Visa application processing fees paid domestically to the National Visa Center (NVC), which will be effective as of the date of billing. Fees that will decrease are not refundable. If you paid a visa fee before September 12, 2014 and that fee decreased, we cannot give you a refund. Fees that will increase (nonimmigrant fees only): Visa fees paid will be accepted 90 days after the new fees go into effect, as follows:

If you paid your visa fee before September 12, 2014, and your visa interview is on or before December 11, 2014, you do not have to pay the difference between the new and old fee amounts. Continue Reading →

Movie examines role of women in Sandinista Revolution


MEMORIAS DEL FUEGO is a feature-length documentary about the stories, struggles, and triumphs of former Sandinista women in Nicaragua who refused to conform – changing the face of their country. They played a vital role in winning the Sandinista Revolution of 1979, but four decades later many are still fighting for women’s health, safety, and education. We found these women so inspiring that we went this April, using our savings and borrowed equipment, to capture what we could, and found more than we has hoped. Although some are no longer living, we reached and hope to reach more former combatants and FSLN members, including those of humble origins, who risked their lives fighting in the Revolution but have never been interviewed. Why did they fight? Continue Reading →

Hodera: the father


The Father showed up without fail every Thursday in the back of a red motorized rickshaw, or putt-putt, as the Nicaraguans called the three-wheeled taxis that seethed and rattled on the roads of Carazo like a plague of hard-shelled insects. Continue Reading →

Pro skater Chico Brenes brings skateboard camp to Nicaragua


Today, Aug. 16 , Nicaragua’s professional skateboarder Chico Brenes made an announcement through social media’s Instagram and Facebook saying  “@CentralSkateboarding is teaming up with The @SurfRanch Action Sports Resort in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua to bring you the first Skateboard Camps to Latin America. Besides skating the resort will also offer Surfing, Rock wall climbing, Paintball, Airbag, Volleyball and Yoga. More details coming soon. #CentralSkateboarding #SurfRanch ”

Chico Brenes was born in Nicaragua and illegally entered the United States (US) in 1985 when he was nine years of age. Continue Reading →

Nicaragua: power and anarchy

Dany O

It has been demonstrated that every authoritarian system carries the germs of its own destruction. I know this because I took part in the construction and imposition of a revolution that, despite its achievements and good intentions, claimed for itself the power to decide what counted as an acceptable political truth and, in its name, manipulated laws, institutions and decrees, crushed the opposition and acted with a supreme arrogance that made it believe it would rule forever.
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