After having heard a lot about the tumultuous political history of Nicaragua, what with my in-laws being from Nicaragua and having been a Peace Corps Volunteer in nearby Costa Rica, I was still never quite able to put all the pieces together. I knew of the Somoza dictatorship, the Sandinistas, the Iran-Contras scandal, the lunacy of current president Daniel Ortega, etc. But I didn’t quite know how it all fit together, as I’d heard bits and pieces of everything and hadn’t done much investigating myself. So today I came across this cool blog (http://livinginmanagua.wordpress.com) written by an ex-pat family in Managua, and followed a link in one of their posts to this Al Jazeera investigative report that does a great job putting everything together into a comprehensive history, from the Somoza regime to the current day state of affairs. I recommend checking it out if you have a chance!
Here are a few photos from a trip I took with my wife in 2007 to visit her family there! We stayed with her relatives in Managua, who were very kind and took us around Managua and to Masaya, Granada, and León.