Volcano

“Volcanoes be in Sicily
And South America
I judge from my Geography–
Volcanoes nearer here
A lava step at any time
Am I inclined to climb–
A Crater I may contemplate
Vesuvius at Home.” Emily Dickinson 

Nicaragua

Paradise

“Paradise was always over there, a day’s sail away. But it’s a funny thing, escapism. You can go far and wide and you can keep moving on and on through places and years, but you never escape your own life. I, finally, knew where my life belonged. Home.” J. Maarten Troost

Simple Life

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” John Burroughs, Leaf & Tendril
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Life

“In life, a person will come and go from many homes. We may leave a house, a town, a room, but that does not mean those places leave us. Once entered, we never entirely depart the homes we make for ourselves in the world. They follow us, like shadows, until we come upon them again, waiting for us in the mist.”  Ari Berk, Death Watch

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An old house in Granada, Nicaragua

 

Faith

“I will go peaceably and firmly to the Catholic Church, for if Faith is so important to our salvation, I will seek it where true Faith first began, seek it among those who received it from God Himself.” St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
(Church: Parroquia Santo Domingo, Las Sierritas, Nicaragua)
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Old Train Station

A memory of an era, (Granada, Nicaragua)
“So when I watch trains, it makes me think about how much movement there is in the world. How every train has dozens of cars and every car has hundreds of parts, and all those parts and cars work day after day. And then there are all these other motions. People are born and die. Seasons change. Rivers flow to the sea. Earth circles the sun and the moon circles Earth. Everything whirring and spinning toward something. And I get to be part of it for a little while, the way I get to watch a train for a minute or two, and then it’s gone.” Jeff Zentner, The Serpent King
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Hidden

“Nothing and no one is perfect. It just takes a good eye to find those hidden imperfections.” Daphne Delacroix

Can you see the face? I took this image back in 2008 at Masaya Volcano National Park, Nicaragua. I was reading online that it has 2 volcanos and 5 craters. This volcano is active and is a main touristic spot. In fact it is very easy to visit. You can ride on your car (from the main entrance is just a few minutes to reach the crater), you will get to a parking spot and from there walk a few steps to get a peek of the crater and its surroundings. Although on this image is hard to envision the volcano, it offers a closer look of the rocks. And I see what I call a face on the rock. Seen from the side it has one eye, a long nose, a long chin and a mouth. I hope you can see it too.
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Caballo Bayo

Cabayo Bayo is a typical dish in Nicaragua. According to Wikipedia, first you serve on the plate a sheet of banana and you put on top a  corn tortilla. This will be added to taste a bit of each dish, among which include: shredded fried steak, chicken, pork, beans, blood sausage, guacamole, shredded cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo, chicharron, tajadas verdes, maduro frito. It is absolutely a delicious dish that we enjoy for festivities or celebrations.

“Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It’s not about nutrients and calories. It’s about sharing. It’s about honesty. It’s about identity. Louise Fresco

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cb-8Enchiladas de Leon (Leon is a city and these are typical from there. They are not filled with meat, just plain and fried.)
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