Nicoya sidewalks carry local messages of culture

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Residents put the finishing touches on a piece of sidewalk literature.

Be careful where you walk on the sidewalks of the community of Nicoya. Some 90 residents are putting poems, bombas, thoughts and refrains there.

The project is backed by the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as well as Universidad Nacional.

There are about 50 short literary works that have been painted onto the sidewalks. Writers used a plastic paint that is expected to last awhile.

The stretch is from the Hospital de la Anexión to the local campus of Universidad Nacional. Adults, high schoolers and university students are involved.

The overall idea is to interject culture into the average stroll.

Bombas are those unique Guanacaste sayings that usually are humorous. They are a form of locally developed epigram, although they usually have three or four lines and end with a surprise. They always are preceded by the word Bomba!

Nicoya is the 10th city in the world to take up this U.N. project, organizers said.

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