Of Lakes and Volcanoes
Today I read on La Prensa an interview of Dr. Oscar Rene Vargas.They talked of almost all the pressing issues that Nicaragua has faced and is facing presently; The importance of investing on education from top to bottom, inside and out. The interview is light but I think his answers are insightful.The problem with the so called opposition and leaders that won't allow anyone to think different. When asked Does every nation has the government it deserves? He answered: I would say that those that can, (laughing) deserve a better one. When asked: As a sociologist, how would you define the nicaraguense? His answer: February of '79 Somoza had a rally, with 100,000 thousand, 200,000 thousand persons shouting Somoza, te quedas, no te vas (you stay, you won't leave). Three months later the insurrection started. Somoza, mejor te vas (you better leave ), The nicaraguense goes from the relative serenity and calm of a lake to the explosion of a volcanoe.When does it happen? Nobody knows. With those words, that for some may sound cliche, Dr. Vargas described aptly the nicaraguense, rich or poor, educated or not. From Cosiguina to Apoyeque,peaceful lagoons where proud volcanoes once stood, and Concepcion and Maderas, two active volcanoes that make up Ometepe in the Lago de Nicaragua. As a kid I swam in Xiloa and snuck in for a dip in Tiscapa, went up many times to volcan Masaya. Swam in Cocibolca, gazed at Momotombo and Momotombito from the road on my way to and fro Managua and Chinandega. How the Telica let me know I was getting close to Chinandega and Nejapa and Asososca and Lago Xolotlan told me I was in Managua. Seeing the Old Man San Cristobal loom large over us coming home from a swim at the Rio Negro. A lake or lagoon and a volcanoe is never too far from us. As I said this may sound cliche but truly this landscape of ours is so much part of us we feel our land is us, is in us. Fire and water coexisting at times and at other times one giving way for the other to be. I've yet so much to see of this little terruno with its Volcanoes and Lakes, as we say here La Sangre Llama, and that's what runs in our veins blood made up of Lagos y Volcanes.