Good Horn Work at the Moravia Church in Managua

Enjoying the services at the local Moravian Church in Managua

We’ve been going to the local Moravian church here in Managua, and really enjoy it. They have a great choir and sometimes the music is good too. This gentleman who plays the horn isn’t there all of the time, but when he is I really enjoy his horn playing and his singing. He has one of those basso profundo singing voices. I’ll try to record him singing sometime soon.

If you are interested to know more about the Moravian Church, Wikipedia has an interesting article on them. Their claim to fame is that they are the oldest Protestant denomination and were the first to do large scale Protestant Missionary work.

In addition to the music and singing, I like that at least half of the service is in Miskito, which I don’t understand at all. So it is a nice way to truly meditate on God and enjoy that experience with the brethren in the church and the community that we share.

Screen capture from video of some good horn work done by a parishioner of the Emmanuel Moravian Church in Managua.

Screen capture from video of some good horn work done by a parishioner of the Emmanuel Moravian Church in Managua.

The other part I like a lot is that they emphasize your own experience and relationship with God and Jesus, not big doctrinaires. They also employ a very communal type of service where community members, visiting pastors, and others get up and say a prayer, sing a song, or read some passages of the Bible. The pastor sort of starts off the proceedings, does a bit of the singing and such, and covers the calendar items. Besides that, he generally gives up the reins during the service and it is a good indicator for me that it is not a dogmatic type of belief that they push. Which I like. A lot!


Nicaraguans rise up against Chinese canal (Fusion.net)

Nicaraguans rise up against Chinese canal

A main protest

Carlos Herrera

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NUEVA GUINEA, Nicaragua — Nicaragua’s muddy countryside rumbled under the staccato of horse hooves and rubber boots on Tuesday as more than 1,000 campesinos marched through Nueva Guinea to protest the construction of a $50-billion, privately owned Chinese canal that would rival Panama’s interoceanic waterway.

Under the banners “Our land is not for sale!” and “Chinaman, go home!” Nicaraguan farmers and cowboys vowed to defend their properties from government expropriation and Chinese encroachment.

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“I would rather die than hand over my property,” march organizer Francisca Ramirez, 39, told Fusion in a phone interview from Nueva Guinea, 175 miles east of the capital. “The people living in this region are already living in extreme poverty. Where are we supposed to go if the government kicks us off our land?”

Suspicions of Nicaragua’s left-wing Sandinista government have turned to alarm as the country’s perpetual president, Daniel Ortega, hatched a perplexing partnership with enigmatic Chinese businessman Wang Jing in 2013. Now, the two are preparing to expropriate land from 7,000 mostly poor Nicaraguan families to make way for an ill-conceived 172-mile canal megaproject that many doubt will ever get funded, much less built.

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Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Wang Jing  (photo/ AFP)

More than a year after the president’s Sandinista Front rushed a sovereignty-compromising concession law through his rubber-stamp congress, Nicaraguans still don’t know how much the Chinese canal will cost, who will pay for it, whose land will be confiscated, or what the environmental impacts will be on the country’s expansive Lake Cocibolca, considered by many to be the future source of drinking water for all of Central America.

 

Read the rest here.

I’ve been following this developing story and am trying to read the tea leaves here since the whole process is so non-transparent that the waters are muddier then the Mississippi river. (Mix your metaphors much?) I’ve been leaning towards the worst case scenario being that which actually comes into being, but this article by Tim Rogers pretty much is an additional strong data point indicating that will be the case here with the Interoceanic Canal of Nicaragua. It’s a Chinese land grab. The canal won’t be built, at least completely. They’ll just get a hold of a bunch of land, screw up the environment as much as possible without actually completing the canal, leaving Nicaragua with all of the problems and none of the potential benefits.

All I can say to the prospective visitor to Nicaragua who actually wants to see the natural environment that is as deep and dark (and biodiverse) as anything the Amazon can dish up best get their butts down here ASAP. Do it in 2015 would be my advice!


And now, another five-star review, this time in German!

Britta

Britta

Mike ist ein toller Gastgeber und kümmert sich sehr um seine Gäste.
Das Frühstück und auch das Abendessen waren super.
Seine Farm ist wunderschön gelegen und ruhig. Ein idealer Platz zum Entspannen mit einen schönen Pool. Wir würden jederzeit gerne wieder kommen.

So this is great, right? We had a run of great reviews in French and now a fantastic review in German! Its so fun to meet people from all parts of the world, make friends, and then help them have some great adventures here in Nicaragua. I love it!

Oh, and by the way, its a really nice sweet review so thanks so much Britta from Munich! I’ll let y’all go and translate it. Here’s the link to the text in Google Translate if you are curious…


New march against construction of interoceanic canal announced

Announce new march against construction of interoceanic canal

By: Jerome Pérez Duarte, correspondent in New Guinea

Landowners who are supposed to be affected by the construction of the mega canal project will protest on Tuesday 21 October in the Colonia La Fonseca, a community that is located about 30 kilometers south of the town of New Guinea.

Julio Garcia, a member of the Commission for the Defense of the Land, said he will meet at least about 40 communities which disagree with the construction of the mega project, because “this canal does not benefit anyone, on the contrary, is stripping us our lands.”

Paula Moran, a resident of the district La Esperanza which belongs to the same region of the Southern Caribbean said “They passed by my farm. I asked if they had already stipulated the price and they did not want to say anything. This indicates that they want to pay whatever they want and how is that going to serve me if I cannot read what I can see that will serve these Chinese.”

In a radio broadcast, organizers said that the marches will not stop and the November 14 march will be in the county seat, “to show the government that we do not want the canal, we do not want to be imposed upon,” the farmers said.

Meanwhile the head of the National Police in New Guinea, Arnulfo Rocha commissioner, said the permits are granted up to 72 hours in advance, but the citizens of Colonia La Fonseca that intend to protest have not sent any request.


Why I Write This Blog

It is a lot of fun to write this blog. It gives me a bit of an outlet for some of my writing needs, keeps me in the loop on Nicaraguan-related issues that I think you, my reader(s) may find interesting.

Purpose

I write this blog for two purposes, one direct and the other indirect.

 

Indirect Purpose

The indirect purpose is to drive bookings to my bed and breakfast. So that is fairly self-explanatory.

Direct Purpose

The direct purpose is that the FEPV blog is a resource for Nicaragua-related information, news and opinions. The site is designed for folks who may be visiting, relocating, doing business in, or just interested in possibly doing any of the above in Nicaragua.whywrite

The website it organized in topic sections, has a search feature, and on the right side, it also has some additional bits of news and information. The sidebar action includes TripAdvisor reviews, links to book on Airbnb.com, visitor statistics, surf report, latest comments from readers, suggested related posts, links to other Nicaraguan-related blogs, amongst other little “widgets.”

So enjoy and please comment if you find this website is worthwhile to you. I’m getting somewhat busier now that I am a father so time is a bit more of a premium. It would be nice to get some feedback!


Poolfront Apt Tranquil Farmstay B&B in Managua

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New advertisement for the Farmstay to be published in the upcoming issue of Right Side Guide! Thanks Casey!

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via Poolfront Apt Tranquil Farmstay B&B in Managua.

We’ve covered this elsewhere on this blog. A few times, actually. But yet again just a reminder that we are your Farmstay Alternative to the Managua Chain Hotels. But what does that mean, exactly?

There are three ways to explain the reason why we are your best bet to not have to stay in a Hilton, Holiday Inn, Best Western, or Intercontinental.

  • Location
    • If you like it tranquil, with a great view, a lovely pool, and some local farm walks quite nearby, you will like our location.
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Along with the above is the general thought of your having come all the way to Nicaragua, why on earth would you stay in a generic chain hotel when you can have a real Nicaraguan ambience on your first or last night in-country?

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Tuleños close ranks against the Grand Canal | La Prensa Noticias

Tuleños cierran filas contra el Gran Canal | La Prensa Noticias

Tuleños close ranks against the Grand Canal

“What do the countryfolk want? That the Chinese are gone!” shouted residents of El Tule, San Miguelito yesterday.

About two thousand people, including farmers, producers and people from communities and counties that would be affected by the construction of the Grand Interoceanic Canal in El Tule, jurisdiction of San Miguelito, Rio San Juan, joined protests against the mega project.

“The people of El Tule and producers demand respect for private property. No Canal. In the municipality of San Miguelito we are not sellers of land,” read the banners that led the long march that began yesterday at around 10:00 am and walked about four kilometers to go around the town and crossed the river bridge Tule, which traced the route of the controversial Canal.

On foot and horseback wearing the blue and white flag, banners, signs and amidst a torrential downpour, protesters arrived from the villages of El Roble, El Dorado I, II and III, Quebrada Seca, El Fajardo, La Tigra, El Naranjo, La Conquista, El Monge, El Tamboral, Los Portreros, Las Marias, Aguascalientes, El Congo and Las Raizones.

 


via Tuleños cierran filas contra el Gran Canal | La Prensa Noticias.

I started following this topic recently, as the whole Canal project is just possibly the biggest and from some perspectives, the best thing ever for Nicaragua. It could also end up being a half-dug ditch with all the environmental damages done but no funds to mitigate the damages. If the project is completed, if is not constantly maintained, no income will be there to fund mitigation efforts.

Question marks grow over mystery magnate behind the Nicaragua canal

Question marks grow over mystery magnate behind the Nicaragua canal

Decide one of two things: whether this is just a plain land grab of these poor campesinos but no actual Canal being built, OR do the project right and make sure it will be properly maintained going forward.

It appears I’m at the point of just hoping one of the worst-case scenarios does not come to pass…

Nicaraguan Insiders say yes, this project WILL HAPPEN but I urge caution as a World Bank representative recently said on an interview show here in Nicaragua that they have received no environmental, feasibility, route, financing, basically ANY data on this project. We’ll just have to wait and see…