Monday, April 14, 2014

The Kolden Report: Pulperias and the San Sebastian Cemetery. April 13th, 2014

     Hello, kids!






Smooooooooth. 





Masaya "halo".





Casa gate.





Remember the toys I mentioned bringing to Nicaragua?  Well, one toy was these gorgeous, pink,  high heels, a matching purse, earrings, bracelet and necklace set for Helena.  When she spotted it in our room, she asked, "Is that for ME?".  I told her it was and to open it.  VERY carefully she opened, examined and donned each piece and then clomped out of the room to show her Dad.  Partway there, she returned to me and looked  at me with her big brown eyes and said, "OH, THANK YOU, Kitty!"   The best part?  No one told her to thank me, she came up with that all by her almost four year old self!  And  I'll think of her voice, so quiet and serious and joyful every time I see this image. 






Bird breakfast.





NOT watermelon, even though they look much like them.





Strange, vines with mini watermelon looking "fruits", hidden amongst the brilliant yellow blossoms.





Looks like another pulperia (store).  Steep driveway though.





And the ants go marching, two by two, HURRAH.  (While carrying a morsel of some sort back to their lair.)






Pulperias galore!   And look at the interlocking stone streets.




Ads help the gringo identify the pulperias.  I imagine the locals too.





I ran the words on this building through google translate.  Apparently they are Spanish, Italian AND Portugese!  That might make learning to speak  the language in Nicaragua a bit more difficult! ( Either that or this shop keep is multilingual.) 







Can you imagine?  Being elderly, collecting firewood, packing that wood to cook what little food you have and walking how many miles with that wood?  Uphill?  No wonder he's thin.  But somehow, I think he looks happy.  Or at least peaceful.   ( I love this image.)






Pulperia.  Sometimes you have to look harder to distinguish that it's a store. ( And there are many, hidden in the thick trees.)







Home on a hill.  Looks like they cook inside the bamboo walled building and rest in the shade in the bright orange hammock. 





Something about this pulperia is very welcoming.  Plus, they sell beer and water. 








Contrast.  (Oxcart seen from inside tinted windows.  Nice looking pair, if I may say so myself. )






Believe it or not.  The second man is pushing a SEWING machine up the hill!  Portable tailor?  Must be.  His machine is set up quite nicely on the wheeled cart. 






San Sebastian Cemetery.  "Cooperation of the people". 






Bright crosses and  flowers  in the San Sebastian Cemetery.  And a six wire fence to keep out loose livestock, no doubt. 






Reminiscent of Louisiana, with raised vaults.  I'm not sure why it's done here although in Louisiana it's done to keep the bodies from floating away down the street during heavy rains, because the water table is so high, particularly in New Orleans. 

More to come!

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