Community Dispatches

‘This land ain’t for sale, chino’: Marcha Pacifica de El Tule (en español, pue)

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Bajo el lema No Vendo Mi Tierra!!!, este 2 de octubre más de 3,000 comunitario del rio Tule marcharon pacíficamente por la defensa de sus derechos a la tierra. Desde horas tempranas y teniendo como escenario una intensa lluvia, familias que se sienten afectadas por las mediciones de su propiedades, procedentes del Dorado 1,2  y 3, Quebrada Seca, El Naranjo, El Roble, Santa María, se fueron trasladaron poco a poco para concentrarse en el poblado de El Tule. Esta marcha incluyo la participación de 500 montados  tuvo un recorrido de aproximadamente 5 kilómetros y partió de Casa Redonda hasta el empalme del mercadito campesino  y posterior se desplazaron por la carretera y regresaron hasta el lugar de partida, donde se concentraron y los seis oradores en representación de sus comunidades se dirigieron a los participantes de la marchas invitándoles a ser firmes y tomar acciones y no permitir el despojo de sus tierra. Previamente habían recomendado a los participantes a no ingerir licor, ni portar ningún tipo de arma. El Comité Organizador destaco la auto-convocatoria y el trabajo de comisiones, tambien presentaron un socio-drama que pretendía reflejar las barreras que se presentan en el proceso de medición de las tierras, con  diálogos en otro idioma, lo que ha resultado en la firma de las minutas descriptivas del estudio, así como el llanto  de una mujer con sus hijos que demandaban protección de su marido y asi evitar el desarraigo. Continue Reading →

Beer, bulldeer and devils — fun festivals in October

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Festivals are more frequent in the latter part of the year and October is a testament to that. The three-month celebration of San Jeronimo in and around Masaya is in full swing, Oktoberfest happens this month and that doesn’t even touch on the other annual events going on around the country. Schtrap on your lederhosen and wisit zee little willage auf Matagalpa for the festival of Polkas and Oktoberfest. Actually it’s the festival of polkas, mazurkas and jamaquellos, three styles of music as popular as rice up in the mountains. It is sponsored by INTUR and usually falls on the 4th. Continue Reading →

The Other Side of Granada: The danger of being off the beaten track

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Editor’s note: the following article is the second in a new series on one expat’s
adventures living and working on Mombacho Volcano. Earlier articles in this series talked about how Mombacho Lodge came to be and what we do to keep it “natural” and running.  But this is really the nitty-gritty about making it work. If you have a real eco, or nature lodge like we are here at Mombacho Lodge you likely are not in a town.  It kind of goes without saying. But, the real danger of isolation doesn’t come from things you immediately think about, like security.  The main danger for a business is that without being listed in a town, you don’t turn up readily on an on line search so, you suffer in bookings. On the other side of Granada, it’s hard for people to find you and you really don’t have an address or a town.   Being new to the business, we have gotten stuck between a rock and a hard place on new procedures to set a business’ location for purposes of the Internet.  Until recently, you simply put in the nearest town you wished to be associated with for purposes of competition.  Now, your location is automatically set using GPS coordinates. Continue Reading →

Bringing the Macua back to the USA

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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 →