Ring road will relieve heavy traffic in the capital • El Nuevo Diario

Saving time, avoiding the need for vehicles to enter the city that are only passing through, and reducing the congestion of the capital’s roads are part of the objectives of the Ticuantepe-Nejapa ring road, whose execution funds have already been approved for their use by international financial institutions.

This is a step forward and is consistent with the study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the Master Plan for Development of the City of Managua, which notes that 23 percent of trucks use the main roads Of Managua just to cross it.

The study mentions the need to divert these cargo vehicles through a by-pass, as do hundreds of private vehicles whose destination is not the capital.

This is seconded by the urbanist and engineer Gerald Pentzke, considering the need for a fast road in the limits of the capital, but also that it has connection with roads like the Suburbana and Avenida Bolivar in its southern end, to enhance its usefulness.

Through the presidential agreement 04-2017, the request for funds was approved to the financial institutions Export and Import Bank of Korea and the government agency for the management of the Economic Development Cooperation Fund, which will allow the Ministry of Finance And Public Credit to make a loan of no more than US $ 70.5 million for the By Pass Managua project (Ticuantepe-Santo Domingo-San Judas-Nejapa), to be executed by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.

MTI’s owner, Pablo Fernando Martínez, announced the project from 2015. Work is scheduled to start in Nejapa, on the South Road, ending at Ticuantepe, on the road to Masaya, with a length of 16 kilometers.

The Master Plan of the National Road Network of Nicaragua was presented by the Korean cooperation, and its pre-feasibility study indicates that the volume of traffic envisaged is 8,500 vehicles per day.

The original project includes the construction of four lanes in the medium term, with a track width of 30.6 meters. However, in the long-term, this road is intended to be six lanes with an extension of 11.2 meters.

Source: Pista de circunvalación desahogará tráfico pesado capitalino • El Nuevo Diario

This is big news for the area. Folks traveling from Granada or Masaya to Leon will be able to avoid having to go through Managua, saving time and easing congestion on the Pista Suburbana and Carretera Masaya. This road is supposed to delimit the extension of the urban zone of Managua, but of course will bring development that will further cause deforestation and increase local temperatures. But it will be a big help traffic-wise, especially to truckers and buses from Granada/Masaya to Leon will take this road as it will be a lot quicker than going through the city.

This is also big news for us at El Portón Verde, both good and bad I suppose… This new road will pass by the south end of our property, maybe not right at the border, but no more than 40 meters further south, so pretty darn close by…

I come from Orange County, California and as a young boy ran around in orange groves quite a bit. The area changed over the years and know has grown so much that nary an orange tree still exists. Certainly the fragrance of the orange blossoms is not in the air during springtime in “the O.C.” anymore. But that’s “progress” right?

In other words, we’ve seen this story before and that’s one reason why I’m in Nicaragua. I enjoy the peace and quiet, views, and mellow vibe we have here on the farm and that might change a bit in the coming years. So here are a couple of ideas that I have at the moment.

Maybe a reader can give me some other perspectives? I’d certainly appreciate it!

Good news about the Ticuantepe-Nejapa Ring road:

  • We’ll have quick access to this new ring road as it will pass by at the south end of the farm.
  • More services will be nearby and hopefully our current access alley will be paved.
  • Traveling to places such as Pochomil, El Transito, Puerto Sandino, Salinas Grandes and especially Leon will be much faster. I estimate that taking this road will probably knock off a good 15 minutes of travel time. So the beach will be only 45 minutes away and Leon just one hour away!
  • This development will allow us to make some better use of the land and the property value will go up.

Bad news about the Ticuantepe-Nejapa Ring road:

  • Our completely quiet and tranquil ambiance might be a little less so as there will be lots of vehicles traveling about a half-kilometer away on this new highway scheduled to be completed in 2019.
  • The general area will be much more “city” or at least suburban whereas now it is more “country” which our visitors and I enjoy quite a bit.

All that said, if anyone reading this has ideas as to the highest and best use of our property along this new highway, we’re certainly open to entertaining ideas!

Dogu: Trump will focus on security, prosperity and democracy in Nicaragua • El Nuevo Diario

US Ambassador to Nicaragua Laura Dogu said today that with the arrival of Donald Trump to the White House, some cooperation programs could be changed, although they will focus on three areas: security, prosperity and democracy.

“We will continue to focus on security, prosperity and democracy here. These are very fundamental things. Our programs may change under a new president, but I think we will continue to focus on the same three themes, “Dogu said today during her participation in the 2017 Nica Tech Summit in Managua.

Trump became the new president of the United States yesterday. By clicking here you can read about what he said in his first official speech.

The OAS

On the other hand, the diplomat described as “important” that the Nicaraguan government work in conjunction with the Organization of American States (OAS), in improving the democratic system, regarding an agreement released yesterday.

“It is important for Nicaragua, the government and the OAS to work together to open more democratic spaces here in Nicaragua,” Dogu said.

She added that her country is “focused” on democratic, open, fair and transparent systems.

“The most important thing is that this system is accepted by the citizens of this country,” she said.

Nicaragua and the OAS yesterday announced an agreement in which they pledge to debug the electoral roll , improve the standard regarding transfusion and follow up on municipal elections next November.

“I am sure that the US government will continue to focus on democracy and the importance of this in the world,” concluded Dogu.

The United States is the country where Nicaraguans migrate the most and, therefore, where more remittances are sent to Nicaragua.

Source: Dogu: Trump se enfocará en Nicaragua en seguridad, prosperidad y democracia • El Nuevo Diario

While I rarely get into the Nicaraguan national politics, I think it should be okay to talk about how the new president, Donald J. Trump might make some changes to the current position of the US government towards the Nicaraguan government. From the sounds of this article, not too much changes should be expected. I suppose Ambassador Dogu wouldn’t really have much in the way of any details and perhaps they just get a sort of general message from the State department to sort of cover any inquiry they might get at this stage.

But in looking for an image of “Trump Nicaragua” on Google, I found this article that is an obvious parody of Trump coming down to Nicaragua to buy the country, move all the current inhabitants to Corn Island and do something with the country…here it is in the original Spanish if interested.

Billonario Donald Trump viajaria a Nicaragua para negociar la compra del pais

NICA Competition Gaining International Support – Still Time to Participate…

An example of the awesome ceramics art being produced in San Juan de Oriente.

The NICA Competition is in full effect!

On December 5, 2016 I announced the Nicaragua International Ceramic Art Competition in San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua…..
By the end of the registration period on December 24th we had 95 entries to participate!
The rules were simple one masterpiece entry per artisan delivered by January 18th, 2017.
I set up a award schedule (listed on the graphic at the bottom of this email) that includes 10 awards valuing over $8000….
The pueblo went nuts….  There has never been a competition that has offered such robust award values and access to a world wide audience.
When I added it all up there were 95 total artists, 25 women artisans and 16 youth artisan under the age of 21!  Staggering numbers for a small traditional village.
Over a three and a half day period I went to each small house and interviewed each artisan, every registered participant of the 2017 NICA Competition.
Although I have been working in the San Juan de Oriente pueblo for over 21 years I met people and learned things I never knew.
Maybe half of the participants, or more, have never participated in a competition.
I announced the awards to the NICA Ceramic Art community and got great support and results!

$2500 Best in Show – Sponsored!  Thank you
$1500 Oro Award – Sponsored! Thank you
$750 Plata Award – Sponsored! Thank you
$750 Plata Award – Still Available Click Here 
$750 pre-Columbian – Sponsored! Thank you
$500 Honor Award – Available Click Here
$500 Honor Award 2 – Available Click Here
$500 Honor Award 3 – Available Click Here
$500 Women Artisan Award – Sponsored Thank you!
$500 Youth Artisan Award – Sponsored Thank you!

By sponsoring one of the final available awards listed above you will choose the award winning sculpture with a cash prize for the artisan baring your name….in exchange you will receive the award winning sculpture for your private collection.
I am preparing nicaceramicart.com to show the close to 90 participants in the NICA Competition – with their photo, a intro video and images of their entry sculpture to the NICA Competition.
As a sponsor you will have access to all of the pieces and artists profiles starting on January 23rd.  On January 26th we will have the awards ceremony in San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua and video the awards being presented in your name to enjoy the moment and interaction.
As of right now this has turned into a true international celebration of support with awards coming from all over the United States, Finland, National support and Local Support with the Mayor of San Juan de Oriente sponsoring the Youth Artisan award.
It has been both an honor and a heck of a lot of work putting this together and I am now pointing to the last few awards available for a few more people to step into this opportunity to participate in this unique cultural event.
The graphic below will help express and explain more.  I am always available to answer questions or give further information.
Those who have sponsored awards will receive the first update the end of this week.
Please consider being a part of the first annual NICA Competition by supporting one of the last awards – have an award issued in your name – and enjoy that winning sculpture in your home for ever…..
Thank you,
Paul H Devoti
paul@nicaceramicart.com  – best contact via email!

Veteran, Women and Youth Artisan Coming Together to participate in the first annual Nicaragua International Ceramic Art Competition

Source: NICA Competition Gaining International Support – Still Time to Participate…

Now this is a great thing this gentleman is doing…sponsoring (and you can sponsor it too, see link!) a competition in the local ceramics village, San Juan de Oriente, on the best ceramics art in the area. I sure hope my friend Pedro Guerrero is in this, as I think he’s one of the best!

A Managua Guide for Foodie Travelers

Managua Guide to Foodie Travelers

From Nicaraguan street food to fine culinary experiences, the Nicaraguan capital offers cultural experiences in addition to good eats

Managua locals aren’t just about getting their business done­—they also love to have fun and eat well. In recent years they’ve proven that international food trends are alive and well­—even in Nicaragua. Folks visiting Managua today have many options to choose from, with food coming from top kitchens and world-class chefs to street and market food that reflects the working-class roots of the city.

Eat

Breakfast

In Nicaragua, your food experience starts with breakfast. Places like La trenza (the braid), Leche agria de “Mi Vaquita” (sour milk from My Little Cow) and Leche Agria El Ganadero (The Rancher sour milk) offer breakfasts, quesillos (braided cheese with tortilla, onion and sour cream), and other platos tipicos (typical plates).

Desayuno Simple – Nicaragua

A traditional breakfast at one of these spots can consist of fresh hot corn tortillas, gallo pinto (red beans and rice), eggs, cheese, avocado, and the ever-present leche agria, which actually is more like a home made yogurt. Let’s just say, you won’t leave the place hungry. And let’s talk prices, a full breakfast including a natural fruit drink or Nicaraguan coffee costs about $3 U.S. dollars.
For lunch, a world of options awaits you. The widest variety and quantity of international cuisine is located in Managua, so if you are headed out to more remote and rural locations, you might want to enjoy the luxury of choices found here, but let’s save those for dinner, shall we?
If you would like to try some of the more typical options, get yourself over to La Cocina de Doña Haydee, El Garabato, or El Güegüense. These restaurants all have a very nice atmosphere and good eats at fair prices. Don’t miss trying some of the local dishes such as indio viejo (corn meal gravy cooked with sliced grilled beef with cilantro), baho (a sort of tropical pot roast with slow-cooked beef and root vegetables), and vigoron (a snack of boiled cassava root topped with pork rind and cabbage salad).Some of the best budget options are the buffet restaurants, where for about five dollars you get a very good value for your money, plus these are all good people-watching spots. Now for my money, the best buffet restaurant is actually Brazilian! Picanha Buffet Brasileiro is fantastic and one of the best lunch places around. Recently they have begun to offer limited dinner hours.

Dinner

Next, let’s look at dinner. This is where the international cuisines standout, plus maybe you’ve already had your fill of the local stuff? In case you haven’t, try a local fritanga, which is a sort of “pop-up” restaurant typically setup in the front of someone’s house. Options include grilled meats, gallo pinto, plantains in the form of crispy chips or fried sweet, local cheese, and two items that sound Mexican but aren’t. Snacks include enchiladas, which I call an “unidentified fried object” which is really cornmeal masa formed in a crescent shape, filled with a chopped beef and rice mixture, then deep fried. Another smaller dish are tacos which are more like Mexican taquitos, served with a cabbage salad and sour cream.

Typical fritanga meal. Photo: Nicaconexiones.com

In past years, this part of our review would mostly describe French, Spanish, Cuban and Italian restaurants (with a smattering of ever-present Mexican and Chinese joints..) Nowadays there are really delicious middle-eastern, vegetarian, Irish, Peruvian, Venezuelan, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean, and Taiwanese choices. Some casual meal options are Cuban, fried chicken and American fast food chains. Steak restaurants also abound, with El Churrasco, Los Ranchos, Don Candido, and Porterhouse among the best. Gastronomio del Buzo and Restaurante Summer are just a couple of the better seafood restaurants. The best place in town for good ‘ole American food is Jimmy Three Fingers Alabama Rib Shack, which is exactly as it’s name implies, a great rib joint.

But if you have one place to choose from for dinner, look to the creations of Carla Fjeld, who favors organically grown, locally sourced ingredients transformed into well-served, simple, yet elegant meals with consistently excellent service and a relaxed ambiance.

Picture: Motivated team: Carla Fjeld with employees in front of the restaurant Ola Verde Photo: Organic Market Info

The menu at her popular Restaurante Ola Verde, located on the south end of town, just off of Carretera a Masaya (Masaya Highway) near the Galerias shopping mall, sources it’s ingredients primarily from local farmers.

Organic sesame salad at Ola Verde

While her oft-photographed quesadillas, organic sesame salad, Mediterranean and seafood dishes are popular, the variety of gluten-free, sugar-free, and locally-sourced dishes and desserts are what really makes Ola Verde a standout in the local restaurant scene. On weekends there is usually live music in the garden area.

5 zones of Managua that will change completely in the near future

OUTSTANDING , MANAGUA , NATIONALBY ELIUD GARMENDIA,

The capital of the country is experiencing a series of changes very fast. Large buildings are visible through most of the city, and promise not to stop, at least not in the short term. In this article we show 5 zones of Managua that will change soon, either by building constructions or road infrastructure.1-Zone Colonia Central America. It is true that this sector is undergoing constant transformation, however the announcement a few months ago the construction of an 8story tower on the side of the overpass, lifting a shopping plaza in the south side and the construction of an American fast food restaurant, this place will look completely different very soon.

2-Paseo Tiscapa. This area of the Masaya highway that connects to the roundabout Ruben Dario completely transformed with the inauguration of the new National Stadium Dennis Martínez, promises to be one of the best in Latin America .

3-7 Sector South and Las Piedrecitas. This place will build what will be one of the most modern main roads of the capital. The last thing you know is that Overpass Las Piedrecitas construction company already has . The project consists of two vehicular bridges gap in what is now the lights in the park area Las Piedrecitas and the second at stoplights 7 South.

4-Parque Luis Alfonso Velasquez. Once again the lavf is being expanded by the Mayor of Managua.According to available information, the new area 8 blocks up to 20 thousand people will be built; this includes the new convention center, which can hold up to 8,000 people. These spaces will be used in 2017for the Central American Games that the city is preparing a huge investment in sports infrastructure .

5-Port Salvador Allende. The fourth stage of this mega project will include cinemas, shopping center, casinos, 13 restaurants, a hotel, kiosks, a fitness center, a water park and parking for 3,000 vehicles.According to Virgilio Silva, president of the National Port Company (EPN), with this expansion the port Salvador Allende will become the biggest tourist attraction in the capital.

What other areas creés you that will change soon in the city of Managua?

Source: 5 zonas de Managua que cambiarán por completo | Metro

Mayor Prepares Plan for Managua 2040 • El Nuevo Diario

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The mega project to modernize the entire city of Managua was presented by representatives of the capital municipality, facing the First Meeting of Key Actors, to materialize the plans with the involvement of international economic organizations. In the exhibition held on Friday the secretary general of the mayor of Managua, Fidel Moreno presented the Master Plan for Urban Development of Managua, revealing the scope of the project and will run for 24 years.

For this at the next meeting they will settle and installed various committees and technical working groups, to start work on building the future Managua 2040.

He explained that some of the strategic points that contemplates the Plan is the modernization of the road network, expansion of the drainage network of the capital, and land use planning in general.

More Lanes

In what concerns the road network, Moreno said that the expansion of lanes and main avenues of 6 to 8 lanes, construction of 9 overpasses is planned; 8 roundabouts and 27 vehicular bridges, which are needed for U $ 200 million, which includes building more secondary roads that connect the neighborhoods of Managua.

The plan envisages developing effectively modernizing the network of traffic lights, and modernize the urban transport system presented colectivo.Otro important component was the reduction of vulnerability in the capital, for which what has been analyzed up when and where the current works, all in order to create a network of effective drainage to solve the problem of flooding in the capital are emerging.

Among the international agencies working with the municipal government are the International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (BID) are among government entities that are involved include the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (MTI), the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies National System for Prevention, Mitigation and Attention to Disasters (SINAPRED), the Nicaraguan Company of Aqueducts and Sewers (Enacal), and the Ministry of Natural Resources (Marena), among others.

Source: Alcaldía prepara plan para la Managua del 2040 • El Nuevo Diario

May Weather! – Nicaragua Forum – TripAdvisor

May Weather!

Dalyce L Toronto, Canada 1 post May Weather!

May 06, 2016, 10:55 PM

Hello! We are coming to Nicaragua for the first time May 17 and so far the forecast says clouds and rain every single day for the entire time we are there! Just wondering if this is accurate, and what is the best weather forecast site/app to use. Thanks so much!

likeeveryoneelse Managua, Nicaragua Level Contributor 639 posts 16 reviews

1. Re: May Weather!

May 07, 2016, 5:45 PM

normally may is the end of the dry season, and for the last couple of years has been pretty dry and very hot. But the rains have come early this year, and we have had some subsstantial rain so far. I dont know if its here to stay or not, its hard to accurately predict. But this last week has been pretty rainy and its supposed to continue into this next week.

2. May Weather!

elportonverde Managua, Nicaragua Level Contributor 794 posts 22 reviews 2. Re: May Weather! May 08, 2016, 11:08 AM

Greetings Dalyce L: To add to l.e.e.’s post, while the forecast can look like it is raining every day (and that’s assuming that the rains are here to stay, which isn’t at all certain) it doesn’t rain every day and when it does it is afternoon thunderstorms or at nighttime. So plan your outdoor activities for the mornings and mid-day, not a big deal. The best weather app is called “Human Eyes to the Sky” i.e. just look towards the eastern/northeastern sky as that’s the general directions of the Caribbean trade winds which will be bringing the rains. If there’s a lot of dark clouds to the east then get ready it will likely rain at some point.

Cheers, Mike @ El Portón Verde, Managua

Source: May Weather! – Nicaragua Forum – TripAdvisor

So, how about these May rains?

Knock, knock, knock on wood,

Knock, knock, knock on wood,

We’ve had a great start to the traditional rainy season here in the Pacific side of Nicaragua. Thank goodness as we’ve had a horrible drought the last three years. While the weather and trade wind patterns can always change, so far so good as we’ve seemingly jumped into a typical rainy season that actually started in early May whereas even in normal years it begins in mid-May.

So let’s all knock on wood and hope that this keeps up!

 

Frenchman Mr. Villain: lucky to survive a non-guided hike on Consiguina Volcano, #Nicaragua

Retire Nicaragua: Where to Retire Overseas in 2016 – US News

Granada, Nicaragua. A Spanish-colonial city can be a great choice for retirement, and Granada is one of the best options. This city has a great variety of classic and charming Spanish-colonial homes with high ceilings, painted tiles and private courtyards that you can own for as little as $40,000. Granada is among the most carefully restored and preserved colonial cities in the Americas. This city of 120,000 has a sizeable expat community and attracts many international travelers with its upscale hotels, fine restaurants and well-kept buildings. Many parts of the city are walkable, and the nearby airport in Managua provides many connections to the United States. However, Granada maintains an authentically Nicaraguan feel. You will be able to sample local delicacies and pottery is made by hand. You may even see old oxcarts in the streets. The city is a blend of native Nicaraguan life with modern amenities. You can qualify for Nicaragua’s retiree residency visa program with as little as $600 per month of retirement income. But you’ll probably need a budget of at least $1,200 per month to live here comfortably.

Source: Where to Retire Overseas in 2016 – US News

International Living really does a proficient job in selling the dream of retiring overseas and this is a good “get” for them to be published in US News. However, they do omit lots of very important details but once you’ve sold up back home and plopped down in Granada, they don’t really care about what troubles and travails you will experience once you are actually living here! And yes, I am a wee bit jealous of their success! 🙂

Government warns of new eruptive activity on Momotombo Volcano – Metro

 Government warns of new eruptive activity on Momotombo Volcano

by ACAN-EFE December 26, 2015

Source: Gobierno advierte nueva actividad eruptiva en volcán Momotombo – Metro

From El Porton Verde we see two volcanoes on a clear day, neither of which is this one, Momotombo Volcano. We see Masaya Volcano and in the background we can sometimes also see Mombacho Volcano.

We drove up to see Momotombo Volcano a couple of weeks ago after the initial eruption had died down and were amazed by its beauty. There is a lovely little port where artesanal fisherman head out to Lake Managua to fish. We might go again as seeing the actual eruption would be really cool!

Luckily for us this volcano is some eighty kilometers away from us, so we are safe for the moment! Cheers everyone and here’s to living on the edge!