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Photo Journalism Friday: The Christ of the Mercy

Photo Journalism Friday: Christ of the Mercy

The Christ of the Mercy statue was erected in 2009 and and has quickly become an ionic landmark and geographical reference point for the town of San Juan del Sur. At 24 meters it is the largest statue of Christ in Central America and one of the 10 largest Jesus statues in the world. El Cristo de la Misericordia was the dream of a local businessman, Erwin Gonzalez, who made his fortune from tourism. 

Photo Journalism Friday: Roosters on Her Head

Photo Journalism Friday: Roosters on Her Head

As Gord and I sipped our fresh fruit smoothies watching passerby on the beach this lady and her grandson approached us. Roosters made from seashells don’t fall under our preferred style of home decor so we offered to buy her and the boy a juice. I often wonder how many of these pieces they sell in a day? A week? How long does it take to make one and how much do they cost? Instead of immediately saying, “No gracias”, I should have taken some time to have a conversation with her and ask a few questions. Next time!

Photo Journalism Friday: Stink Eye

Photo Journalism Friday:  Stink Eye

– A facial expression of distrust, disdain, or disapproval; also called skunk eye, hairy eyeball

Photo Journalism Friday: A Nicaraguan “Coyote”

Changing dollars on the street with an independent money exchanger – also known as a “coyote” – is common place in Nicaragua. 

Coyotes can be found at markets, on plazas or close to regular banks. They flash large bricks of cash and typically offer rates comparable to what you can get at the bank.  

Independent money exchangers are generally honest, but it’s important to know the exchange rate and roughly how much money to expect back in the transaction. To avoid being short changed always count your money.

Photo Journalism Friday:  A Nicaraguan "Coyote" or Independent Money Exchanger

– Exchanging money on the street will save you from waiting in long line-ups at the bank

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