A Typical Central American Town (Somotillo, Nicaragua)

Well poo!  We’ve already blown it.

Our grand plan was great – we would get up at 4 in the morning in order to hit the road at 5, just as the first rays of the sun touched the pavement.  Taking advantage of the relatively cool morning hours, we would ride hard for three or four hours before stopping for an extended break.  We knew the miles would come much more slowly after that.

So last night we fell asleep in our little windowless cubicle of a hotel room, and the next thing I knew I opened my eyes and saw light creeping in under the crack in the door.  Poo!

It was already six by the time we woke up and it would be seven by the time we get packed and on the road.  Two hours of morning cool wasted.  Two hours when we could have made good time.  And we had 75 km to ride in order to make it to the next town.  We decided to hang out here for the day and try again tomorrow.

Seeing as how we weren’t riding, I decided to take advantage of the day to do something I’ve wanted to do for ages – wander around with camera in hand and get some pictures of a typical town.  So, without further ado, here it is:  Somotilla, Nicaragua.

A comedor - a small restaurant

A comedor – a small restaurant

Cooking something - not sure I want to know what!

Cooking something – not sure I want to know what!

How I wish photos could capture smells!

How I wish photos could capture smells!

Meat market

If they tried, I´m sure they could cram a bit more into the shop!

If they tried, I´m sure they could cram a bit more into the shop!

A local taxi

A local taxi

Our hotel for the night

Our hotel for the night

The parking lot.  The gates close at night for security.

The parking lot.  The gates close at night for security.

Because the rooms are small, we frequently leave our bikes outside our hotel door and cover them with a tarp.

Because the rooms are small, we frequently leave our bikes outside our hotel door and cover them with a tarp.

Our tiny room gets cramped with all our gear!

Our tiny room gets cramped with all our gear!

One corner of the room is taken over by the bathroom.

One corner of the room is taken over by the bathroom.

A typical supermarket

A typical supermarket

The supermarket

There is a good variety of items in the supermarket

There is a good variety of items in the supermarket

Checking out

Checking out

Bicycles are used to transport everything!

Bicycles are used to transport everything!

The local doctor and surgeon

The local doctor and surgeon

...and the local lawyer.

…and the local lawyer.

Just another typical sight in the village

Just another typical sight in the village

Every village has its church.

Every village has its church.

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About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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4 Responses to A Typical Central American Town (Somotillo, Nicaragua)

  1. Kate June 1, 2009 at 7:27 pm #

    Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Theresa June 1, 2009 at 10:02 pm #

    Great photos!!! I just love seeing the common everyday sights and people best of all.

  3. mercedes April 10, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    A’m from Somotillo Nicaragua but I living in Tampa Florida.Thank you for the beautiful photos,I miss my little town and my family.When I saw the photos I was very happy.
    Thank you again and God bless you and your family.

  4. Barb Bickerton November 7, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

    Do you know anything about Donald Gillette and Because We Care Ministries in Somotillo? I wonder if they are really helping the local people of Somotillo.

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