Thursday, November 4, 2010

Honey, can you let the tree out?

One thing we really enjoy about this country is the abundance of large trees—trees that are clearly several decades (if not one or two centuries) old. They are so commonplace that people don’t leave space to revere them; they just build around them.  An extreme example of this is the tree growing in the food court of Las GalerĂ­as, a nice mall in Managua.


Although it’s not extremely old, this tree is clearly older than the food court. I can’t imagine the effort it must have taken to construct everything just so to keep it from dying, but somehow it was managed. Unfortunately the custom opening in the skylight (through which the tree can stick its head out to get some fresh air) is too small now, and the glass around it is cracked from the tree shaking in storms.

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