Bus Station, Bucket Nation
Hundreds of people shouting, selling, dragging, dealing.
Nothing compared to Masaya’s bus station. Desperate street vendors swarmed around departing buses to sell juices, snacks, loto tickets, live piglets, and anything else they could carry.
Ten different people would climb into the same bus to sell the same juice and no one bought it. Kids, teenagers, housewives and grandpas. Age didn’t matter. Everyone was a merchant and they sold the same five products every day.
Locals say Nicaragua’s most severe poverty concentrates around Masaya. Rural families migrate to the city for “better lives.”
With so many people selling potato chips in the streets it’s easy to see job opportunities were sparse in Masaya.
© Diego Cupolo 2011