El Año Viejo – New Year’s on the Beach

A bit late…

… but one of the highlights of my stay in Nicaragua thus far has been celebrating New Year’s Eve on the beach. I got a chance to put my toes (and ankles and knees) in the Pacific, and celebrated the Nicaraguan tradition of saying goodbye to el año viejo by burning a stuffed effigy of an old drunk man filled with fireworks on the beach. El Viejo is also traditionally holding a bottle of Nicaragua’s pride and joy, Flor de Caña.

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Fellow expats I talked with agreed that New Year’s is consistently the most disappointing and pointless holiday of the year back home. There haven’t been too many that rivaled this year’s.*

We enjoyed a relaxing evening at a friend of a friend’s rental  in Poneloya, one of the closest beach destinations to León, watching fireworks up and down the coast, and even had a small show of our own.

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*Katie and Dad, please don’t be offended, the only good thing New Year’s has going for it is your birthdays!

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