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Managua, Nicaragua

In today’s episode we go to the shores of Lake Xolotlán, we fly to Managua Nicaragua, accompanied by our guide Fabiola, an interpreter of Mexican Sign Language and before flying with the power of imagination and being able to enjoy this tour, I want to tell you what We are looking in this podcast, by the way, the only one in Mexico dedicated to the community that lives with any type of hearing impairment, it is first of all to create a community that helps and to be able to raise funds so that people with hearing problems have the help they need It is also a project that seeks to give you a space to learn about different histories, cultures, uses, customs, music, art and gastronomy from around the world and learn something new in each episode.

episode transcription

Hello, I’m glad to greet you, I’m Yael Yancelson and today we fly quickly with the power of imagination and the senses to the City of Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, so breathe, give me your hand, let me guide you and let’s get started!

The name of Managua comes from the Nahuatl “managuac” and means “Surrounded by Ponds”; It is also known as “The Bride of Xolotlán”

We start in the Laguna de, Xiloá, a nice place to swim since its waters are easily accessible and its wide coast also offers a good opportunity to sunbathe. We also have the opportunity to practice sports such as windsurfing, kitesurfing and diving.

Xiloá is located on the Chiltepe peninsula, surrounded by several mountains, and is a good opportunity for hiking. Nature is abundant and the view is impressive. From the top of certain mountains, not only can you see the waters and coasts of Xiloá, but you can also see Lake Managua and the capital city. It is also possible to go to the other side of the lagoon and climb the hills that surround another nearby lagoon, that of Apoyeque, so let’s walk to enjoy nature.

Another option during the visit, if you like it, is to camp on the shores of the lagoon, and the best place to do it is the tourist center. Let’s see the Apoyeque volcano that erupted thousands of years ago. In 1988, the temperatures of the lagoon began to rise and a strong smell of sulfur began to be felt. There are still active fumaroles on this volcano. Despite being inactive, there is some volcanic activity around Apoyeque.

The Natural Reserve of ‘El Chocoyero’ is a great place to hike and observe nature. This reserve is located less than 30 kilometers from Managua. The last seven kilometers cross pineapple, coffee and banana plantations. The view is magnificent, don’t you think? The old volcanic chain surrounds the reserve and nature is everywhere. El Chocoyero is always green and wildlife flourishes. Two types of monkeys inhabit the park: the howler monkey and the white-faced monkey. The howler monkey is bigger, black and howls a lot. They can be heard from afar. White-faced monkeys are rarer to see, but they come down from the mountains in the afternoon and that is when they can be seen from the regular paths. We will also see many birds. The reserve is famous for its green chocoyos, whose nests are near the falls. These can be seen in large numbers in the mornings when they take off and leave, and in the evenings when they return. During the day they walk throughout the reserve looking for food. We arrive walking to the waterfalls that are small but worth climbing. The water comes from rain from the mountains above and is collected for later use as drinking water by nearby communities.

From there we go to the city and they tell us that after the 1972 earthquake, the center of Managua was completely destroyed. It is because of this devastating earthquake that today Managua does not have a true center. New shopping centers and hotels were built in other locations, which are the basis of the modern structure of Managua.

The old center is partially intact. There are several buildings that date from before the earthquake – some used and others not – and that we can visit. Look in front of the Cathedral of Santiago. This impressive cathedral was not destroyed by the earthquake, but was damaged and abandoned. Next to the Old Cathedral, we find a modern building that was built as the Presidential House, but is not used as such by the current executive administration. In front of the Presidential House, we see an even more impressive building, the National Palace. The building currently functions as a museum, so let’s go inside and take a look at it. Here in La Plaza de la República, there are several monuments to commemorate Nicaraguan heroes such as Carlos Fonseca Amador and Rubén Darío. We are going to walk in a small park where most of the monuments are located.

The Rubén Darío National Theater has risen above Managua since 1969, the year it was inaugurated. When the earthquake struck Managua in 1972, the Theater was one of the few buildings that did not collapse. This building has been kept in its original style and is now the most important theater for concerts and presentations in the entire country, and considered one of the best theaters in Central America.

The Theater is a great building, especially from the perspective of construction in Nicaragua. There are several rooms where events are held. The lobby, which is large and elegant, serves as a conference room, for book launches, fashion shows, small concerts, and art exhibitions.

The Salón de los Cristales, on the second floor, took its name due to the presence of the two crystal chandeliers donated by the Spanish government when the Theater was inaugurated. This room is suitable for the exhibition of paintings, with dark walls and special lighting. The hall has a capacity of 350 to 400 people and that is why it can also be used for small concerts and presentations.

The Main Hall, or Sala Mayor, is equipped with 1,200 seats and a large stage. Here are the main concerts and presentations. The hall has good acoustics and many famous singers, actors, dancers, national and international, have enjoyed these comforts.

Now let’s go to a must-see on every trip, Roberto Huembes Market is a big and nice market in Managua. A wide variety of products are sold here. An interesting place in this market is the handicrafts section, where we can find a wide variety of products from all over Nicaragua, in materials such as leather, clay, wood, cloth, and more. In addition to handcrafted pieces, rich food and traditional clothing.

And that is how we leave this beautiful and interesting region of the planet with the desire to return. We will travel every week to another corner of this wonderful world, to discover, enjoy and fly with our imagination, I wait for you every Friday and I ask you if you like me Share the content with your friends and give me a like and a review of your comments because with that you help me a lot to raise the ranking of this podcast, ALTERNATIVE REALITY A UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT SPACE THAT CREATES COMMUNITY. We make a difference. And as I always tell you when helping others, we mainly help ourselves. If you want to know what the Include Me Foundation does for the labor and social integration of people living with intellectual disabilities, enter the link: www. incluyeme.org and if it moves you and interests you, review how you can support this interesting project.


I also tell you that on my page we already have the Amaoir section with capsules from Dr. Gonzalo Corvera, a doctor specializing in otoneurology. In Mexico. He was one of the first to begin performing operations to place cochlear implants in adults, adolescents, and children. The AMAOIR Foundation, which he chairs, supports implant candidates

cochlear disorders to get donations, gives important family counseling as well as auditory-verbal therapies.

Hearing impairment is an invisible and little understood disability.

What is lost is the ability to understand spoken language and to be able to

communicate with the other person in that language.

There are many causes for which a person can lose their hearing, it can be

lose at birth or during their lifetime. And there are many ways to communicate when living with a hearing disability, the option of oralization with the help of technology, that is, hearing aids or a cochlear implant and the support of language therapies or the use of Mexican sign language in both options is It is extremely important to involve the whole family 100% to support each other and understand how to communicate with the person living with a disability.

It is important to emphasize that in this podcast we cover all types of hearing disabilities and that is why we have an LSM interpreter, a complete transcription of the episode on the website and subtitles on the YT channel. Well, it is so that everyone can enjoy each of the trips, which is why it also has accessible and inclusive navigation, unique in our country.

We want this project to reach a lot of people to achieve the objective, so it is extremely important that you subscribe to the YouTube channel, https://youtube.com/@realidadalternativaincluyente all together and with lower case, that you make comments on the page and that you share this project with all your people, the more it grows, the more we can help and that is what interests us the most in RA.

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VIDEO DOCTOR: Almost always an ear infection if it has to be treated by a doctor, let’s say that the cardinal symptom is usually pain, almost all ear infections hurt unless they are chronic and stop hurting, but ear pain, sensation clogged ear, it is basically the first signs of an infection and later if the eardrum bursts, pus comes out through the duct but you do have to seek care.

I want to thank Fabiola Ruiz Bedolla, our Mexican Sign Language interpreter, and her entire team of collaborators, as well as a very special thanks to Mercedes Obregón, director of the Pedagogical Institute for Language Problems, IPPLIAP. Thank you for joining this project and all of you for making it possible!

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