The bedroom of Managua or the dormitory city – Diriamba is where people live when they cannot afford or do not want to live in Managua.
My interest in Diriamba? It is the closest city to Casares that has stores where groceries,computer parts, and other items are available. Casares is very limited on what they sell in the small pulparias (convenience stores would be the best description) that they have here.
I have found in my travels, that no matter where I am at, there is charm and beauty. Diriamba is no different. Though it has not big museums or nothing of any significance architecturally, it still has its charm.
When I needed a break on Sunday, the Independence Day weekend here, I took a ride up to Diriamba and just walked around.
The town was having a sort of “battle of the bands’ day in the town square. The bands are heavy on drums and glockenspiels, with even a few having trumpets, trombones and saxophones.
Dancers, baton twirllers and flag carriers are part of the group too.
The crowd was not giving the bands any room. They were right on top of them – to the point that the bass drummer would hit viewers with their drumsticks when getting ready to beat the drum again.
I made it into the center by following the band into the crowd. The crowd opened up to let the band it, and I followed right into the middle of it all. Talk about feeling like being in a sardine can – there was very little room for the bands. Less room for me because I had to dodge the drummers, dancers and mimes!
This took place outside the main church and town square of Diriamba. Small and quiet during normal weekends, this place was hopping and crowded this Sunday!
The town consists of many types of homes, buildings and abandoned structures. This adds to the charm of the city, I think.
Businesses, homes and even the abandoned building all have bars and gates – and not one of them matches any other in town.
With the poverty in Nicaragua, there are still many that ride animals and use them to haul carts.
Wood is still the main fuel for cooking.
Electrical outages and no access to water are not uncommon in any part of Nicaragua. Many times in Casares we have no water or electricity at the hotel. It is just an accepted hassle of living in Nicaragua.
The following pictures, in no particular order, are from my walk through the streets of Diriamba. I came across a street band that was practicing. A man delivering plantains with a horse-drawn cart. Women closing up a make-shift vegetable stand. An old man and his dog.
Just a relaxing stroll looking at things a little differently.