Photographer's Note

Back street market

In pretty colonial Granada, there’s a colourful and animated market which tends to overflow in the neighbouring streets. In this "off market", things are … let’s say somewhat less habitual. An interesting place to wander, look at the diverse stalls, try some food, say hello and exchange smiles. A few blocks away is Nicaragua at its most comfortable from a touristic point of view: photogenic colonial buildings, charming hotels and restaurants. And where the wires were buried thanks to a UNESCO subvention (that’s what I was told, seems plausible).

Interestingly, if sometime a lone wire can destroy a photo, bring them by the dozen and suddenly it doesn’t matter, the chaos apparently coming with its own sort of aestheticism. But this photo is not necessarily about pleasing the eye, it’s also about showing the lesser known/shown face B of Granada.

Nicaragua has a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.565 (considered as a medium development) and is the 115th country on the UN HDI list (estimates for 2010). And, from my own experience, Nicaragua has plenty of warm-hearted people.

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