"Out of the midst of the beautiful Lake Nicaragua spring two magnificent pyramids, clad in the softest and richest green, all flecked with shadow and sunshine, whose summits pierce the billowy clouds. They look so isolated from the world and its turmoil - so tranquil, so dreamy, so steeped in slumber and eternal repose. What a home one might make among their shady forests, their sunny slopes, their breezy dells, after he had grown weary of the toil, anxiety and unrest of the bustling, driving world."
Not least, because while I have had a longing to return to Nica ever since a fleeting trip in 2002, I am aware that Nicaragua has one real flaw.
It is, it seems, the only country in Central America where baseball is king - not football/soccer.
The film is, from what I can make out, an old game against El Salvador. Meanwhile the Nica Boys have just picked up a win against Belize.
The sports news link above explains:
"Emilio Palacios scored three goals and gave Nicaragua a 4-2 victory
over Belize Monday night, earning it a berth in Thursday's fifth-place
game at the Central American Cup and an opportunity to become the final
team in the Gold Cup."
It doesn't really expand on that so I am still unaware as to exactly how both the Gold Cup and the Central American Cup work. But I am chuffed above the result.
Oh and a hell of a lot of digging has unearthed a football team in Granada which appear to play in the second division.
More beer info here. They're not impressed with Tona:
"... I don't believe I've ever seen a more colorless liquid with alcohol levels in the range of normal beer. It's unappetizing to look at with a sickly, anemic appearance that reminds me of starved mongrels, with mangy fur clinging to their bones."
Over the past 16 years Nicaragua has been undergoing a silent
revolution, led by one of the most impoverished sections of society,
the peasant farmers, or campesinos. It is a revolution that
fundamentally challenges the traditional free market and its
neo-liberal economics, which favours paying farmers the lowest price
possible, leaving them powerless to do anything but sell direct to the
multinationals at prices they dictate.
It is a revolution that has
allowed a group of people to produce, market and sell their produce on
their own terms and in so doing challenge the multinationals that still
dominate the trade.