Posted by: ramblinmanjimj | October 8, 2008

La Paz Centro, Nicaragua

A street marker dedicated to a teenager killed in the Nicaragua Revolution.

From my book…’Once again on our way, we passed through the northwest corner of Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua, and along the southern shore of the huge Lake Managua. We saw hundreds of buses decked out with the red and black Sandinista FLSN flag. They were apparently heading into downtown Managua for the 25-year celebration of the revolution. The parade was a good five miles long! For about a 25 mile stretch, we passed the Cordillera De Los Maribos, a mountain range containing ten volcanoes in a row, five inactive and five still active! Two were steaming! We drove to the village of La Paz Centro (The Peace Center) and are parked along the central plaza. Directly across the street, surrounded by a metal fence, are a line of 84 gravestones marking the graves of those from La Paz Centro who died during the revolution. They were mostly 17, 18, and 19 years olds, several of whom were females. La Paz Centro was one of the most active areas in the revolution. We had happy hour at a friendly local bar, where they gave each of us a red and black headband like the ones they were all wearing to signify support of the revolution. A neat souvenir! After a pleasant evening meal, we returned to the central plaza and it seemed the whole village was there, perhaps several thousand people, and everyone was so friendly. I was constantly surrounded by 10-20 people who wanted to “speak little English.” Because our motorhomes appeared so large to them, one guy asked if we were movie stars. They had trouble believing only one person lived in such a large place. A night full of music and fireworks topped off one of the best village stops of the entire trip!’

All material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2008
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