Living the Revolution in LeonOne of my first travel experiences was to a rural pueblo in Nicaragua as a naive suburban teenager, and since that first trip, I have been to Nicaragua on 5 separate occasions. The people keep drawing me back. I can't help it.
Every Nicaraguan has a story to tell and has no problem telling it to you after inviting you into their home for a warm bowl of gallo pinto and tostones. Many of the stories I've heard from my friends here deal with the war torn era of the 80's - getting taken out of school and put into the war, losing family members, or maybe the ultimate triumph over the dictator.
León is an older, colonial city in Nicaragua that was known as the heart of the revolution. With a young population and burgeoning university, the city was the stronghold of the Sandinista revolution. Nicaraguans in León don't really need to tell this story. It can be seen painted on walls - revolutionary murals, red and black flags, or inspiring rally cries against the enemy.
As I usually do, I found a pickup soccer game among local youth surrounded by walls with stories from the revolution. These prominent stories of the country's triumph over oppression make Leon the most interesting city in the country for sure.