Photo of the Day (& Solentiname)

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Campesinas from the Isla de Mancarrón, Solentiname, Nicaragua. Their smiles, hospitality, and strength reflect the spirit of many Nicaragua people.

And, for your enjoyment, here are a few photos of the beautiful archipelago of Solentiname (on the southern end of Lake Nicaragua), which I visited during a week of vacation. It is the birthplace of primitivist, naïve, style painting here in Nicaragua, and a radical Christian community formed by Ernesto Cardenal in the mid-60s and 70s, rooted in Liberation Theology. The New York times did a nice review of the islands here. It’s a trek to get out there–7 hours by bus, another 2 1/2 via speed boat–but is one of the most tranquil places I’ve been. No cars, lush vegetation, and wonderful people.

~ Andrea K.

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