Alexis Arguello is another and more recent figure of Nicaraguan history that the entire country adored and cherished. Known for his representation in boxing and three-time world champion, Arguello was known to be one of the best fighters of this era before he turned into a politician in Nicaragua.
In the 1980s, Arguello fought against the Contras in Nicaragua, but retired from the war after a few months in the jungle. He attempted to come out of retirement to go back to boxing but only had success at home.
Arguello found himself to be very involved in Nicaraguan politics after his retirement from boxing and was elected vice-mayor of Managua in 2004. Many people believed he was robbed of Mayorship against Eduardo Montealegre in 2008, as Arguello only missed the vote by 1%. Continue reading →
Every December 7th at 6PM, you hear a yell resonating through the streets through different cathedrals and churches. What you hear is “Quien causa tanta alegria?” with a response “La Concepcion de Maria!” Which means “who causes so much happiness? Mary’s Conception!” This is something every Nicaraguan takes very seriously and with lots of pride and joy. You hear it EVERYWHERE, even in the United States. Continue reading →
Every September marks the beginning of Independence Day in Nicaragua, along with several other countries in Central America. Most events begin the first of the month and spread through the first two weeks with the biggest celebrations on September 15th. Back in September 1821, the independence wars in every region sparked the interest in becoming a separate nation from Spain. Continue reading →
Nicaragua has a very large range of weather climates. It is definitely a place to check the weather before you go anywhere because one minute it’s blazing hot and humid and within seconds, it’s pouring rain and storming.
Nicaragua’s seasons are also completely different than America‘s. Winter runs through May to November, it’s rainiest in September and October. The summer is November to April, the best time to go to the country. In the mountains, the weather stays mainly cool, chilly and misty. Continue reading →
In a third world country like Nicaragua, a lot of homes don’t always have the luxury of having water at the turn of a handle at the faucet like we do in America. We are lucky enough to live in the states where we have water readily available.
In my most recent trip to Nicaragua in 2009, I noticed that a lot of homes had large tubs above their homes. I had no idea what was in these tubs, but I asked my uncle. He explained that in Nicaragua, they turn off the water supply after 8AM. These water tubs are used to supply water to certain homes that can afford them and are hooked up to the pipes that give water and will supply water throughout the day. Continue reading →
Shopping could either be the hardest or easiest thing to do in Nicaragua. Most people sell food, bath necessities and batteries in little shops they call “ventas” or “pulperias.” Yes, everything they sell in these little stores are completely random. These stores are run out of people’s homes and mostly take up the entire front porch. Because of this, finding exactly what you want isn’t always the easiest task. Continue reading →