Scott’s Nicaragua Timeline

  • Oct 02, 2016

    Goodbye Granada October 1 , 2016

        At night, streets in Granada take a different character. Familiar places look different and different places become familiar. Granada is about to become past tense, about to become another disappearing city in the rear view mirror.   This evening the cities poor people come out of their houses and rock in wicker chairs on […]

  • Oct 01, 2016

    Nicaragua Primitive Art Solentiname

        There are only three countries in the world that have a primitive art movement. One is in Haiti, another is in Yugoslavia, the last is in Nicaragua. In the southern part of Nicaragua are a group of 26 islands in a province called Solentiname. A Catholic priest arriving there many years ago noticed […]

  • Sep 30, 2016

    History Lesson Baby Steps

        In the San Francisco Convent Museo are a series of paintings that chronicle Nicaraguan history. The paintings start with aboriginal peoples who first inhabit lands before they are claimed by anyone but God. Then paintings move, in  book style, through discovery and founding, colonization, building and commerce, fights for independence, reconstruction and modernization. […]

  • Sep 29, 2016

    Ann’s Studio In the Cafe De Arte

        Ann’s art studio is also a gallery, a meeting place, a classroom, a resource of information, a great place to pick up a brush if you have an itch. Studios, as opposed to galleries, are works in process. There are finished and unfinished compositions on the walls, stacked in corners, left on easels. […]

  • Sep 29, 2016

    Swindlers Calzada Street

        Calzada Street begins at the Granada Cathedral and ends at Lake Nicaragua. This street has become a main tourist draw and has everything a tourist might want, and plenty they don’t need. In the stretch down both sides of Calzada Street you have bars, restaurants, street vendors, an open seating area in the […]

  • Sep 28, 2016

    Colonial Homes Granada Old and New

        The Historical District is deceptive. Walking narrow streets and sidewalks, you meet massive walls and sturdy doors, wrought iron,sturdy secure steel gates. When you peek through cracked doors, or open windows, you are surprised with glimpses of cozy interiors, plants, fountains, bicycles on tile floors, rocking chairs, big screen televisions. Drafts of cool […]

  • Sep 27, 2016

    Jamaica Tea at Cafe de Arte

        I have never been to Jamaica, but sometimes you have to go to Nicaragua to experience Jamaica. This tea, served cold or hot, is made from flower pedals of the hibiscus. It is a deep magenta color and tastes a bit like grapes or wine without the alcohol. It is also called sorrel, […]

  • Sep 27, 2016

    Maria Elena Panaderia coffee and doughnuts

        Panaderia’s are common in Central and South America and this is one that has American style doughnuts and fresh ground Nicaraguan coffee early before it gets hot. You can drink your cup inside at a small table or outside in a small courtyard and watch the street wake up. This morning they are […]

  • Sep 27, 2016

    Vegetable Barley Soup at El Garaje Restaurant

        When you ask locals where the best places to dine are, in Granada, El Garaje restaurant is one of the first to be mentioned. The first time I walked past the place, it didn’t register as important. It was closed then because of an electrical outage but the proprietor came to the door […]

  • Sep 26, 2016

    Generations out for a ride

        In Granada, streets have horses, wagons, carts and carriages.. Horses and carriages carry tourists on tours of the city and the usual place to match up is in front of the Hotel Alhambra at the Parque Central. Horses and carts are also working today, hauling sand, lumber, and produce down shaded thoroughfares. This […]

  • Sep 26, 2016

    Playing with mud Historical District- Granada

        There was a time in the 1960’s when urban renewal in the United States was all the craze. Urban renewal caused structures that had been built hundreds of years ago to be razed, and, in their place, modern buildings went up with modern materials and modern ideas about what people were supposed to […]

  • Sep 25, 2016

    Trombone Man Saturday morning practice

        Saturday is laundry day, and trombone day. Over the blue wall, next door, someone is practicing trombone. I was up late listening to Masterclass You Tube Videos by Hal Galper on jazz improvisation, hearing, thinking, the tribal attitude, musical tradition. Learning to play jazz is like learning to walk, learning numbers and letters, […]

  • Sep 25, 2016

    Thirty seconds 30 second soundbyte

        Thirty seconds at shoreline of Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua, mid morning.    

  • Sep 24, 2016

    Laguna de Apoyo between Managua and Granada

        This Lagoon was formed 23,000 years ago after an explosion on one on Mombacho’s bad hair days. It is fed by a number of surface and underground water sources and is one of the first Nature Preserves created in Nicaragua to preserve the country’s natural landscape. In tourist season there are kayaks in […]

  • Sep 24, 2016

    Electrical Shutdown A day job

        Early morning, city crews are closing traffic on Calle Libertidad and an intersecting residential street. An old fashioned wood electrical pole is going to be replaced by a newer fiberglass model,and new electrical lines are being strung to provide more service to a nearby house under construction, a house directly across the street […]

  • Sep 24, 2016

    Tortuga Alert by the pool for Joan

        There are exotic birds in the pool area, some in cages, some free in the banana trees. Two of the caged birds are varieties of parrot and several others are parakeets. They are brought out by staff in mid morning and climb obstacles in their cages, hang upside down on swings, break sunflower […]

  • Sep 23, 2016

    Staircase Merced Church Granada

        I look for the little white sandwich sign in front of the Merced church that tells me it is open. When I see that sign, I pay thirty Cordova’s to climb a narrow circular staircase to the highest points in the Tower and snap photos of Granada from the church’s upper windows. The […]

  • Sep 22, 2016

    Signs of the Time On the Wall in San Juan Del Sur

        Life is One Big Holiday.  

  • Sep 22, 2016

    El Gato Negro Coffeehouse Bookstore and Roasting Company

        The only thing missing is the black cat this coffeehouse is named for. I look in a wicker chair by the front door for a curled feline with its tail wrapped around its contracted paws. I look on top of the nearest bookshelf where wind funnels through an open window. I look under […]

  • Sep 21, 2016

    Pigeon Party Early morning SJDS

        The last pigeon conference I crashed was in San Sebastian Park, Cuenca, Ecuador. Walking through these San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua pigeons, a few take flight as I move into their ranks, but most continue eating scraps thrown out by the restaurant’s kitchen help, undeterred by my appearance in their sidewalk dining room. […]

  • Sep 21, 2016

    Maderas Beach going to the surf

        The best surf is not in San Juan Del Sur. To reach any one of the best surfing spots north and south of SJDS you have to take a shuttle. For modest dollars, you load into trucks, jeeps, vans, and are driven through back country, down winding dirt paths in four wheel drive, […]

  • Sep 21, 2016

    San Jun Del Sur, Nicaragua one reason people show up

        In the heat of the day, the beach in San Juan Del Sur is almost unoccupied. There are few people walking its length, even fewer walking into the surf too cool off. Waitresses and waiters stay under their canvas roofs and swat insects with menus. Dogs stretch out on doorsteps. Early morning, and […]

  • Sep 20, 2016

    Landing in San Juan Del Sur planting a flag

        It is probable that some Spanish conquistador planted a flag on this beach, had a prayer said by the priest on the expedition, and had to pull a sword and fight locals who didn’t like the intrusion. San Juan Del Sur is a most popular place, a party town, a hot spot on […]

  • Sep 20, 2016

    Mexican Train Dominos board games on wednesday afternoon

        Scotttreks eats up lots of shoe leather. An easier day is board game afternoon on Wednesdays, This Wednesday, our game is Mexican Train dominoes in Nicaragua.. There are rules and procedures, but all domino games end the same. In domino’s, if you play all your tiles before everyone else plays their tiles, you […]

  • Sep 16, 2016

    Independence Day Ceremony Parades in the Plaza

        Like most countries in Central and South America, Nicaragua’s independence was won from Spain. In some countries Spain held the field till the bitter end and there were fierce battles. In other countries, like Costa Rica, their power and control was more gently transferred. On the net, BBC lays out a timeline of […]

  • Sep 14, 2016

    Drumbeats Neighborhood parade

        I hear and follow the rhythms. This gathering, at a Calzada street intersection, is a neighborhood parade of girls in traditional dress, a brigade of drummers, a crowd following the action. This little group is practicing for a much larger extravaganza celebrating the Independence Day of Nicaragua on September 15. Drummers work themselves […]

  • Sep 13, 2016

    Bromelias in Mombacho Hiking the rain forest trail

        Mombacho Volcano is only two thousand feet above sea level but it has a commanding presence. From the Vista Mombacho Apartments, as well as most places in Granada, you can see its summit with its halo of clouds, a reminder that we live on an active planet spinning through an unimaginably large solar […]

  • Sep 13, 2016

    Fumeroles Mombacho Volcano

        Nearing the end of our trail, Jose takes a side trek to show us fumeroles. At this spot, the Earth’s breath is moist and hot. There is a steady updraft of steam in columns as if it was squeezing up between clenched teeth. If you believe in dragon’s, you would call this dragon’s […]

  • Sep 13, 2016

    Don’t eat the red berry In the rain forest

        It is always good to hear about red berries. Walking in this rain forest we are truly in a different world within our world, surrounded by green, the smell of decomposing plant life, the sounds of unseen animals. The city, though not far away, is actually very far away. As we hike, our […]

  • Sep 13, 2016

    Mombacho Volcano a mile and a half hike

        The last time Mombacho erupted was in the 1500’s. It is a strato volcano and deposited lava in its last explosion for miles around its base. The rich volcanic soil around the volcano is a bonanza for coffee, rice, and bean plantations that cover the agricultural lands stretching below us for miles. From […]

  • Sep 12, 2016

    Mario’s History Lesson From the 1500's

        Abdallah Tours is on Calle Calzada. They offer tours at the same price most other tour companies do but having an English speaking guide is always desirable. Mario, our guide for the Granada Islands tour, knows his subjects and studies while we sight see. Enroute, he tells us about an old Spanish Fort […]

  • Sep 12, 2016

    Monkey Business-Nicaragua Don't Feed the Monkey's

        ” We aren’t to feed the monkey’s, ” Mario warns, much to the dismay of my fellow tour boat passengers. ” Monkey’s are loco…..If you knew what I know you wouldn’t want to get close to them. ” Our boat stops at Monkey Island and several of the small mammals come to the […]

  • Sep 12, 2016

    Boat Tour Two in the afternoon till Six

        Lake Nicaragua is in the top five largest lakes in the world and has enough water to keep Central America hydrated for hundreds of years if the tap turns off. Mario, our tour guide, brings out his map and shows us where the new Panama Canal is going to be built. Looking at […]

  • Sep 11, 2016

    Nino Baseball Lion's Club baseball park in Granada, Nicaragua

        Baseball is played much the same everywhere it is played. The rules are the same. The setup of the bases and equipment is much the same. The length of the game can extend in close games, be called off because of weather, or the daylight left in the empty lot or street where […]

  • Sep 11, 2016

    Baseball at the Lion’s Park Saturday morning in Granada

        When growing up, baseball was the national sport of the United States. We had the New York Yankees, a multi World Series winning team with a barn full of horses like Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Coach Casey Stengel and many others. One of the best players on the Pittsburg […]

  • Sep 10, 2016

    Parade Practice Following the drumbeat

        My Mombacho apartment is a few blocks from a neighborhood school attended by kids in uniform, carrying backpacks. They learn reading and math in the morning. In the afternoon, they assemble in the street in front of their school and little drummer boys begin a military cadence.  The parade practice goes well and […]

  • Sep 10, 2016

    Painting on a Cathedral Ceiling Work in Progress

        Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral is also called the Granada Cathedral. The church dominates the main plaza of Granada, Nicaragua and was begun in the 1500’s when the city was being colonized by Spanish conquerors. The church still serves the community and at a recent evening Mass was filled with locals as well […]

  • Sep 09, 2016

    Serving drinks but no music yet Bar Imagine

        Azucena,tending bar, is the only person in the Bar Imagine when I walk in. She is polishing  glasses, checking inventory, brings me a menu, works on the books while I decide on fish tacos and a Tona beer, a local favorite. ” Que tiempo, la musica, ” I ask? The board outside the […]

  • Sep 09, 2016

    Iglesia La Merced from the tower you can see the city

        Taking a different way to the Plaza, there appears another Catholic church, one of fifteen in Granada. This place of worship is unique for its grizzled exterior that looks older than history, and people are standing way up in a church bell tower taking photos of the city at dusk. It is evening […]

  • Sep 09, 2016

    It’s a dogs life for Charlie

        Dogs hold a special place in human history. In old days they slept outside the cave and warned of intruders, were tossed Mastodon bones, chased sticks thrown by cave kids. Then, they came inside and became companions and trusted friends. On the streets of Granada, dogs are on call twenty four seven. Some […]

  • Sep 08, 2016

    Cheap for Who? Granada, Nicaragua

        A trip to the grocery in a foreign country can be setting yourself up for shock treatment. There are items in the grocery here that are less than what I pay at home, but many items are far more expensive. In a country where the minimum wage for a working guy or girl […]

  • Sep 08, 2016

    Joy Ride – Granada, Nicaragua Lake Nicaragua Park in Granada, Nicaragua

        Early in the morning no one is about except tourists with cameras, construction workers getting a jump on the sun, security guards walking to work talking on their cell phones, vendors loading little carts with bananas, potatoes and pineapples for a day of selling. On the boulevard in Lake Nicaragua Park, at the […]

  • Sep 08, 2016

    Cattle Drive Heading for greener pastures

        Granada is built on the shores of Lake Nicaragua. In olden days, the rich or famous of Managua came to the lake to relax with their families and built huge homes that go unused by heirs who have moved to the United States or other foreign lands for more opportunity, better weather, or […]

  • Sep 08, 2016

    ” It Looks Like Hell” Masaya Volcano, outside Managua, Nicaragua

        The three hundred foot rock walls of the crater go straight down as if a giant using a post hole digger, dug a hole for a fence post and then walked away without filling it. Light on the sides of the walls is the color of the fire in the bottom, and, at […]

  • Sep 07, 2016

    Masaya Volcano Peering into the Abyss

        Nicaragua is home to 27 volcanoes. Some shoot ash and gas into the air while others are a seething cauldron of molten lava. Masaya is a thirty minute drive from Granada and much closer to Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua.  It erupted most recently in 2008 and was one of the first […]

  • Sep 07, 2016

    The world at your fingertips Books at the Cafe de Art, Granada, Nicaragua

        A small bookcase in the Cafe de Arte, in Granada, has books for visitors who like to read. It is unknown whether these books come from the owner’s library, were donated by friends and patrons, or are part of a take one, bring one system. Readers these days are becoming scarce with humans […]

  • Sep 06, 2016

    Monday Morning-Granada work day

        On Sunday, I hear church bells. Citizens stay close to home and tourists are carried through empty streets in horse drawn carriages with flowers braided in the horse’s manes .A few retail stores are open around the plaza and taxi’s lollygag in front of hotels.Waiters stand in their dining rooms watching soccer on […]

  • Sep 05, 2016

    Street signs- Granada looking around for answers

        Calle la Libertidad is a main street in Granada, two blocks from the Vista Mombacho apartments, that I follow all the way to the Historical District, the main city plaza, and, at its end, Lake Nicaragua. Soon, these streets will be teaming with life, as little fish in the city coral reef come […]

  • Sep 04, 2016

    Granada Cafe in the historical district

        I order an omelet, toast, and black coffee. The Cafe de Arte is on a side street in the Historical District and traffic is thin this Sunday morning around seven. There is a bookcase near a corner of the dining area where browsers find books to go with their eggs. Displayed art, done […]

  • Sep 04, 2016

    Granada Swimming Hole Looking for a vine

        The Vista Mombacho Apartments are in a residential neighborhood in Granada. From the outside, their appearance is unspectacular, but, inside, the architecture, furnishings and decorations are nicely done. This pool courtyard is shaded and protected on one side by a tall blue wall covered by green ivy and, on the other side, massive […]

  • Sep 04, 2016

    Houston to Managua on the road again

        Airport security is what it always is; intrusive, obnoxious, unproductive, insulting. From standing in front of the x ray scanner with your hands above your head, to a quick pat down by a uniformed government servant, it is hard to ever feel this is for my own good. Once I clear scrutiny, I  […]

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