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Polaroid of the week: Street Art in Estelí, Nicaragua

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Estelí is located in Nicaragua’s Northern Highlands and the country’s 3rd largest city. The town was heavily involved in conflict during the Sandinista revolution of the 70s and 80s and still is one of the towns with the most support for the Sandinista FSLN party. Estelí may not feature the same colonial architecture as that of  Granada or Leon, but the city is famous for its intelligent urban art.  The graffiti and especially the murals carry significant political, social and historical messages.

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Polaroid of the week: Long way up for lava-boarding

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A chain of six erupting, smoking volcanoes dots the landscape outside of Leon, Nicaragua. Some are majestic in their conic stature, but Cerro Negro is one very large, very black pile of lava which hosts several groups of volcano boarders each day as they sled, scoot or board down the steep  side of this volcano. Before you can board down Cerro Negro, however, you have a long, hot climb in front of you and aside from the blazing mid-day heat and clambering over unstable lava rocks,you must carry your heavy wooden board (no fiberglass snowboards, here – we’re talking wooden winter toboggans) the long way up the side of the volcano.

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Polaroid of the week: Sandinista Supporters in Nicaragua

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With national elections coming up in Nicaragua at the end of this year, the country is riding high on the election spirit which can be seen on billboards, advertisements and even telephone polls. But the Nicaraguans go beyond just a sign out front in the lawn showing support for their favorite candidate. Check out this house, fully painted in support of Nicaragua’s Sandinista party FSLN, and this house is just one of many painted with equal enthusiasm for the party and incumbent president. However, while the socialist Sandinistas seem to have the most popular support, the constitution does actually not allow another term for the current president and FSLN leader Daniel Ortega. Apparently he’s giving it another go anyway, and trying to change the constitution.

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Polaroid of the Week – Hombres de Xochimilco

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On our way to the canals of Xochimilco where we took a ride in one of the beautiful trajineras (wooden boats), we strolled through the main square where these three Mexicans were sitting on a bench watching the world go by. Like everywhere in Mexico City so far, everyone was very friendly and they were happy for me to take this shot.

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Polaroid of the week: ¡Viva Mexico!

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As we are celebrating our last week in Mexico, the country is celebrating the 200th anniversary of its independence today, on 16 September, which is also Jess’ birthday!

Celebrations start every year on 15 September when the President of Mexico rings the bell at the National Palace in Mexico City, waves the Mexican flag and shouts ¡Viva Mexico! from the balcony of the palace to the crowds in the Plaza de la Constitución (the Zócalo). More than 1 million people gathered for the spectacle at this year’s bicentennial.

In the evening of 16 September a national military parade starts in the Zócalo and ends on Mexico City’s main boulevard, the Paseo de la Reforma. Similar celebrations occur throughout all of Mexico.

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Polaroid of the week: Hard at work in Merida

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The Zocalo in Merida is home to several shoe shine men and boys, as are most central parks or squares throughout Mexico and Central America. We stopped to talk to him because of that adorable (and very pregant!) black cat.

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