It´s hard to believe there was a devastating civil war here in Nicaragua.
I arrived without any problems despite a long travel day, starting at 4am for a 6am flight to São Paulo, then on to Panama City (7.5 hours!) and finally to Managua. In my limited experience, traveling, at least by plane, has been easy. I was worried about my bag joining me due to the different connections and initially mis-tagged as destination Panama City, but it arrived without a hitch. Three of the four airports I went to yesterday were either new or very recently renovated, and São Paulo was older but very efficient.
Driving from the airport to the hotel last night and then going around today, the city is quite developed. Very few potholes. A lot of construction. My colleague and her husband kindly took me to the historic city of Granada (the oldest colonial city in the Americas), where we had lunch in a restored inn, then took a launch around to see the islands in huge Lake Cocibolca. It was a beautiful day, and certainly the same for the Nicaraguans enjoying the beach.
What little I´ve seen so far reminds me so much of the Philippines and California, and my short visit to Ceuta, Spain. My Spanish is coming back very quickly, but I seem to be speaking Spanish with...a French accent.