It’s only human to find the beauty in everyone and it’s somehow a bit easier here in Nicaragua. You can see traces of indian heritage mixed with strong, more European, Spanish features. Some faces are creased with years of worry and hard work in the sun. Other faces, fresh as they may be now, show some of that worry in their eyes even though the creases are still years away. The more elite are spared the hardest of work and most often have house help to carry most of the burden. With labor as cheap as it is here it’s more cost effective to throw labor at a challenge as opposed to an expensive machine or other technological efficiency. Work and status aside, everybody loves a cool evening stroll in the Parque Central in Leon as you will see in photos below.
We started the afternoon exploring which took us to the foothills of Volcan Telica which is making a go at being the most active volcano in Nicaragua. In the last six months it’s erupted twice which should have prompted some evacuation. Apparently the locals are un-phased by the persistent rumblings and stay put despite falling ash and sand. When the eruption is significant enough running won’t help anyway.
After Telica we went into downtown Leon to the Parque Central. It was right before sunset and this is magic time for the temperature and perfect light for taking some photos. With a large crowed gathered around a street entertainer I took the opportunity to get some candid shots of the many faces of Nicaragua; all beautiful in their own right.