Overland border crossings are always a bit stressful. Despite checking that the documents, stamps, etc. are in order before arriving at the immigration post, there is always the lingering doubt that something was missed. Add to this the swarm of people that surround you wanting to exchange money, help guide you (for a fee) through the process, sell you last minute “recuerdos” (souvenirs), amongst other things.
After stamping out of Honduras, for the second time, we headed for the border. I was a bit confused when I looked at the welcome sign and saw that we were entering Nicaragua, Japan, complete with the flag from the Land of the Rising Sun.
We don’t get regular news updates, but given the turbulent history of this country, I thought it completely plausible that there was a recent regime change that I was not aware of.
Turning to the internet for news, where all things are truthful and accurate I discovered some interesting facts
Nicaragua (Punctuation: Nick-er-ah-goo-wa) is a large pentagram-shaped country located somewhere in Central America’s Yacatan Peninsula roughly six times the size of Canada. Famous within Latin America for having more soldiers than people, Nicaragua has long prided itself on being a violent oasis in a peaceful world.
Nicaragua is believed to have been formed roughly 5,000 years ago following a geographical orgy of inter-continental friction between two horny tectonic plates, culminating in a little volcanic ejaculation, and an eventual, and unintentional impregnation of an ovulating sea-level landmass. ¹
Additionally, I learned that one of the recognized languages of Nicaragua is “Sumo”. Given the welcome sign at the border and the country’s fervent admiration of the sport of Sumo Wrestling, I concluded that there must have been a bloodless coup.
Domo arigato, Nicaragua, for having us.