Posts Tagged 'Nicaragua'

Meaningful lives: José Angel – a seventeen-year-old with a dream

Posted on November 2 2011 by frank

What are you going to do when you grow up, I asked the 17 years old José Angel in the remote countryside village of Lagartillo in Northern Nicaragua. What I got for an answer was an enthusiastically delivered two-hour long lecture about the revolutionary history of Nicaragua and how radios played a central role in […]

Meaningful lives: Gioconda Belli – a poet, a revolutionary, a lover and a mother

Posted on October 10 2011 by frank

At twenty she was a bourgeois upperclass girl, married and with one child, living just the kind of ordinary life that was expected of her. At twenty-four she had published an award-winning book of poetry that shocked with its erotic imagery – and was tailed by secret police because she had joined Sandinistas, a rebellious […]

Dirty backyards and a refined taste in wines: Aesthetics of good life

Posted on September 18 2011 by frank

Examining the backyards of some Nicaraguan countryside homes led me to think about the role that aesthetics plays in good life. These backyards – quite frankly – were far from aesthetic. I do not know how representative they are of the country as a whole but at least in these ones various forms of garbage […]

Best thing about traveling: Spontaneity and meeting new people

Posted on September 12 2011 by frank

To balance the melancholy of the last post, here is an opposite story. Few days after the blackouts in the beach bar, I traveled onwards to León attracted by its reputation as the capital of intellectual and cultural life of Nicaragua. Whilst there, I went to eat alone in a local bar serving food even […]

The beginning of a journey

Posted on August 19 2011 by frank

Sometimes a man has to go. Sometimes a man needs a purpose to go. I am going to Central America, to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The purpose of my journey is to learn more about the local culture, the way they live their lives and the way they think about vital issues such as happiness, […]