Most Americans know Nicaragua best for the Iran-Contra affair of the 1980s, but what is this country like now, over 20 years later? Tony visits locals young and old to find out what it means to live in Nicaragua today.

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Anthony Bourdain sits, deep in thought, at Fritanga Bunuelo. 960 1280


Jerry Risius captures the raising of the flag over the Plaza de la Revolución in Managua. 960 1280




Nicaragua has a history of oppression, political turmoil and civil war. Tony visits the Central American nation as its infrastructure and economy are slowly being rebuilt. One of his stops was at La Chureca, the city dump, where hundreds of destitute families pick garbage for a living. 960 1280


Tony goes for a stroll in Esteli. 960 1280


Tony and Hector dig into their hearty meals at a bus station café. 960 1280


The Plaza de la Revolución in Managua. 960 1280


Tony and Martha at Valle de Flores. 960 1280


Tony and Carlos Fernando Chamorro talk on Plaza de la Revolución. 960 1280


Houses in La Chureca -- the garbage dump of Managua. 960 1280


Producer Sally preps the food shots in Esteli. 960 1280


A neighborhood dog looks on as Walter and Tony chat at Fritanga Bunuelo. 960 1280


Cameraman Jerry Risius shoots the kitchen prep with Nelly at Flor de Pino. 960 1280


Tony and journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro enjoy the view. 960 1280


"Tossing back local moonshine with veteran cameraman Jerry Risius." - Tony Bourdain 960 1280


"Part of an elaborate 'blue theme' we shot at great expense of time and effort that never seemed to make into edit." - Tony Bourdain 960 1280


"Farm meal." - Tony Bourdain 960 1280


"Not loving commies no mo'." - Tony Bourdain 960 1280


"Street meat. Managua." - Tony Bourdain 960 1280


"With Carlos Chamorro." - Tony Bourdain 960 1280


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