Nicaragua: On the Threshold of Change

“He had the vague sense of standing on a threshold, the crossing of which would change everything.”
― Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden

The Weekly Photo Challenge is Threshold. Nicaragua is on the threshold of change. That point of entering just before a new beginning. Join me in my photographic journey of the threshold of change in Nicaragua.

Doorways once leading to nowhere, are getting a fresh coat of paint.

Nicaragua still has much poverty and homelessness, but innovative programs are rapidly improving the lives of
IMG_3758Municipal libraries are on the threshold of growth.
IMG_3713Nicaragua is traditionally an agricultural exporting country. However, Nicaragua is on the threshold of change, exporting more textile and apparel, coffee, rum, tobacco, and chemical products.
DSCN0709Ometepe Island is on the threshold of change with the addition of a new airport near my house.
IMG_3390Blending the old with the new…a land on the threshold of major changes.
IMG_1825A cruise ship with 4,000 tourists arrives in San Juan del Sur. Nicaragua is currently upgrading the port so the big ships can land at the port.
IMG_3660Nicaragua is a paradise of renewable energies. Huge white windmills dot many of the country’s roads. The goal for Nicaragua is to have 94% renewable electricity by 2017. We are well on our way!
IMG_0516Even my pineapple is on the threshold of blooming.
IMG_1993Come see for yourself!  We’re standing at the threshold, the crossing of which will change everything in Nicaragua.

23 thoughts on “Nicaragua: On the Threshold of Change

  1. seeing that tarmac sort of hurt my stomach.. i thought of you, of hearing the take-offs and landings, of the increased traffic – and i paused and forced myself to think of any positive merits.. i pondered ‘what if’ i flew into managua and easily transfer to a commuter flight that placed me at the THRESHOLD of your doorway?

    there’s a commuter strip near punta islita in the area where i once lived. there are only a few flights per day, and in the rainy season, few flights per week… it’s sort of nice seeing those smaller planes come and go, and it’s equally nice to sit at the gilligan’s island thatched-roof building while waiting on a plane to arrive. i suspect that your airport will not have such a relaxed vibe…

    i liked sjds when only the ‘clipper’ ships stopped, and it was as if stepping back in time…

    nice post amiga.. now let’s see if this comment will sail in your direction!

    • Your comment sailed marvelously! I really don’t have a clue what will happen when our airport opens. It’s been finished for a long time and they are trying to get international licenses. On the one hand, it will be nice to hop on a plane to go to CR or Managua. On the other hand….well, lots of noise, more traffic, and other yet-to-be-seen inconveniences. I used to watch the clipper ships come into SJDS. They sure beat those enormous cruise ships. Sigh! The yings and yangs of progress.

  2. The first time I entered Nicaragua was in 2002. I have seen the changes especially in Managua where the money is. Still can’t figure out the attraction of Granada as a place to live, way too hot and the electricity is too expensive to run a/c. I suppose one day they will even open that airport on Ometepe, wouldn’t that be something!

    • Haha! Dean, we’ve been waiting for 2 years for our airport to open. Friends of ours run the ac in their bedroom in Granada and their bill averages $350 a mo. Way too expensive for me. Our first visit to Nicaragua was in 2003. I can’t begin to name all of the changes, as I know you’ve seen them all, too.

  3. Is that last one at your home? It’s a lovely photo either way. I like them all but the first and then the pineapple are especially nice. Until we went to Costa Rica, I didn’t really realize that pineapples grew on the ground. I guess I never thought much about it. 🙂


    • Janet, no the last photo is in Selva Negra Coffee Plantation in northern Nicaragua. It looks like Bavaria with pine forests, mountains, and Bavarian cottages. It’s a gorgeous place to visit and much cooler than in the lowlands. We ate the pineapple and just threw it in our garden two years ago. I thought it was dead and voila, it started blooming. 🙂

  4. Seems like there is a lot of potential for expansion and, hopefully, a sustainable future. Sorry they built the airport near your house, that must be a lot of noise to put up with. Love the doorway to nowhere…will they attach a house to it or a garden wall?

  5. Nice to see and read. The library photo brought back some nice memories; I worked on a project that founded a municipal library in Teustepe (Boaco) in the early 90s. I don’t like seeing that cruise ship. 4000 people at a time descending upon San Juan del Sur sounds more like catastrophe than progress.

    • Bob, I definitely agree with you about the cruise ships. When the passengers debark, they are immediately herded onto big air conditioned buses and they go to Granada. San Juan del Sur hardly sees any of the tourists from the big cruise ships. I’ve never taken a cruise and I don’t think I’d enjoy one.

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