Walk through Managua - the capital of Nicaragua
• Walk through Managua - the capital of Nicaragua
Called Nicaraguan capital, Managua, sophisticated city. This is a large village in which they live a million people. 90% of all homes - single-storey sheds. The three-storey building is considered a skyscraper. There are reasons - the capital is located near the volcanic massif in an area of seismic activity. The last major earthquake was in 1972, the city still has not recovered from its effects. Now, about 100 km from the city began erupting San Cristobal.
The city looks like. Sheds hidden behind trees and from a height it seems very green.
The tallest building in the city, the former building of Bank of America, which miraculously survived during the earthquake in 1972.
A view of the central park and promenade.
The only historic landmark - the old Cathedral (1920), who suffered in the earthquake 1972. It's been 40 years, but the money for the restoration of the cathedral there. So he stands abandoned.
Inside removed garbage and no one is allowed. Cathedral guarded by 5 police officers. Guarded his 40 years. That's interesting, if you hire security guards instead of 5 5 builders, it can be had for 40 years to restore the cathedral?
The new Cathedral of Managua is quite good ...
The slums are separated from the rest of the city channel.
All the waste from the slums is poured into the channel. Handsomely. Channel they flow into Lake Managua, on the banks of which the city stands.
The shore looks like. Nobody steamed about ecology.
When I walked through the slums, everyone said that I was there with the camera will not go. OK. Appr. I go directly to the local Gopnik. They begin to feel embarrassed, they say that you can not shoot them, they think I'm from the police. In general, you should always attack first, then there will be no problems. Long I tried to convince them that I'm not from the police but from Russia.
When the local found out that I was really out of Russia I was greeted as a savior! People ran out of the houses, the women threw flowers at my feet, the men were treated to cigarettes! "Russian, Russian is! Russian, give us the money! Russian, we have nothing to eat, we are hungry, but you are rich! Save us, Russian!" Money I have not, or rather were, but not enough to feed the whole neighborhood, who had fled to look at me. Then local offered yet to pick up my camera and sell it. I asked how much they want to get for my Nikon D4? Local huckster looked at the camera, shook in her hands and passed sentence: "Well ... a maximum of $ 100 ... a big, old, uncomfortable ... Now these are not wanted ..."
As a result, we have not agreed, and each went on his way.
It is noteworthy that all the houses in the slums for the deaf fences. Go for some mazes.
Generally, people in the slums of open, kind, everyone sitting in the streets, bustling ... but here everyone in the iron cage.
As I wrote yesterday, Russia - the best friend of Nicaragua. We supply them with weapons, they recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Everybody is happy. Friendship with Russia is proud of the distant, though hardly local know where Russia is in general. However, in Russia the existence of Nicaragua, his best friend, do not suspect. The most that we know it is the phrase "HANDS OFF OF NICARAGUA"
According to an old Russian tradition is harvested cabbage.
The monument to Stalin (in fact - is not present).
All new taxi - Lada. Apparently, voluntary production of our automotive industry here no one is buying. Only public taxis and some other state-owned enterprises. Rather buy local 20-year-old Toyota than the Lada Kalina.
At the crossroads of life boils. Here you and window cleaners and beggars. Pay attention to the cow - as the competition is big, window cleaner should also entertain people to get their coin.
Someone shows the whole presentation at intersections. Nowhere is this seen. Usually served 2-3 rubles.
Many advertisements painted by hand directly on the walls.
In the evening I went to look at an amusement park.
All rides are free.
The government sometimes makes such gifts residents.
The park is really very steep by local standards.
In general, this approach I do not like. Instead, to give people to make money, they are given handouts vvide free carousels. Meanwhile, Nicaragua - the poorest country in Central America.
Parents on Children roundabouts are not allowed. Children give into the hands of the staff of the park.
Even the real cost aircraft.
Since the park is free, to every attraction to stand in long queues. Cute skinny girls always terribly embarrassed to be photographed. I do not understand why.