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On Saturday nights, excited and frenzied shouts rise from the hundred or so men gathered at the cock fighting arena of Carlos Fonseca, a small community of 718 people located in the municipalidad de El Viejo. Reaching this community is quite simple: in Chinandega, one can take a microbus to El viejo, there are hundreds of them, and nearly all locals can tell one where they can be found. From El Viejo there is a small "bus" that stops across from the central basillica (the large white church) at a dentist office. The bus trip will cost 5 cords (about 30 cents) and it leaves at 7am, 12 noon and 430 pm. The community is charming, extremely rural and very poor, but the people are truely welcoming. They live out the ideal of "Mi casa es tu casa." The cock fighting arena is located on the central road about a one kilometer down. It is a one of a kind experience that one will rember for a life time.
Written Aug 14, 2004