Capital, economic and political centre of the country and residence of
more than a fifth of the total population of Nicaragua. The aftermath
of a devastating earthquake in 1972, which destroyed almost the whole
city centre, have been obvious up to now. Ruins have been left, new houses
were built up at other places.
Colour and smell of the once so beautiful Lake Managua testifies in a
depressing way of the fact that all (!) of the sewage of the city run
into the lake. There are plans to improve the situation but they haven't
put into action yet for financial reasons.
Carlos - Austrian Nicaraguan (or the other way round?) who we met
by chance - showed us the most interesting and most important places of
the "new" and the "old" Managua. Without him we wouldn't have seen so
much in this extensive city, especially because there were no street names
or other points of reference to orientate oneself.
He told us all interesting facts about politics and history, about lifestyle
and characteristics of the locals and of course about himself- a perfect
start for our travel through the country!