After visiting every province of Canada and almost every state in the United States during the past three years, I have finaly embarked upon my first international trip (not including USA travel …), to the country of Nicaragua, the largest state in Central America bordered by Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south.
This is a Helicopter based LIDAR acquisition job surveying for the construction of a hydro dam to be built in the inner central-east part of the country and involves a few stops in various places with the first stop in the city of Managua, the capital Nicaragua and also the largest urban center of Nicaragua, located on the southwestern shore of Lake Managua. The city has a population of about 1,680,100 million people and it is a very busy place to explore.
After arriving in the country and leaving the Managua airport towards the hotel, a person can easily get the wrong impression about this city as the drive goes through a pretty poor lower class district with numerous run down buildings, lots of people on the streets etc. But as you slowly make your way into the core of the city you find that Managua has plenty to offer and although may appear somewhat behind the times quite often (compared to North American standards), it still has all the modern features that one would expect from a major city like shopping malls, hotels, casinos, restaurant chains and much more.
The city of Managua has experienced the rise and fall of many political powers throughout it’s history and has also suffered some devastating earthquakes over time both of witch are evident in the urban surroundings. Currently it is the economic, political, commercial and industrial center of Nicaragua with plenty to offer it’s people and visitors.
What has made the trip even more interesting for me is my lack of knowledge of Spanish, the main language spoken here (I was told that there was plenty of English speaking people, if so I have yet to many of meet them yet … ). But just like many of my jobs working in Quebec and other non English based such areas, I have still managed to get by even though a lot of the time I have no idea what people are saying to me (just keeping it real…). On the other hand it is a great way to learn a new language and I have come a long way, since I first arrived here. So expect more blog postings from this interesting travel opportunity.