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Snapshot of Nicaragua – Nicaragua’s official language is Spanish, but there are many indigenous languages present in the country as well. Miskito is the most-spoken indigenous language in the country. There are also areas on the Caribbean coast where English and English creole are spoken as a first language as a result of African and English heritage. While the majority of the population is officially Roman Catholic, activity in the Roman Catholic church has been declining while membership among Protestant churches (including the LDS church) have been growing rather quickly. While Nicaragua has its own traditional music traditions, such as Chicheros (a music using horns and percussion, usually performed at parties), the country also enjoys a variety of modern music from around the world. Bachata, salsa, and cumbia music and dancing styles are especially popular. Theater is also important in Nicaragua – the satirical play El Güegüense was written in the 16th century, and is performed yearly in the city of Diriamba during the east of San Sebastián. Other folklore and legends are popular, and many are shared with other Central American countries. Baseball is the most popular sport in Nicaragua, though boxing is also popular. Radio and TV are popular sources for entertainment and news, especially since Nicaragua’s literacy rate is below 70%. Corn is the staple food of Nicaragua, though rice and beans and a variety of tropical fruits are also commonly eaten. Gallo pinto is a popular dish that consists of rice and red beans that are cooked and then fried together. On the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, seafood and coconut are popular.
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Straight from the Nicaragua Managua South Mission field:
*What items were hard to get or not available?
“Root beer was very scarce, peanut butter was rare.”
*What did you eat the most of?
“Rice and beans, plantains, chicken.”
*What is the craziest thing you ate?
*What was most surprising about the culture?
“The depth of the poverty, and how people made due with so little.”
*What advice would you give to someone going to the Nicaragua Managua South Mission?
“Prepare to enjoy yourself. The climate is very hot and there are few luxuries, but the people are generally awesome and the field is ripe.”
*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“I wish I knew how rewarding it was going to be.”
“The mission is hard work, but profoundly worth it.”
**Did you serve in the Nicaragua Managua South Mission? If so we could love to hear your advice and your stories! Please contact us at email@example.com**