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Granada

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  • Day369

    Granada, Nicaragua

    May 10 in Nicaragua

    Flew back to Panama city with a 4 hour wait before our flight to Nicaragua. We’d considered making a quick trip to see the Panama Canal, but read that the city traffic can be awful and didn’t want to miss our connection. Since we’d seen the canal - and loads of ships waiting to pass - from the plane, we convinced ourselves that was close enough.
    We arrived very late to our (very cute) hotel in Granada, but got up early to walk to the main square, cathedral and the old city. It’s incredibly hot and humid here so we’ve been taking it all in at a tropical pace…very slow.
    Granada was founded in 1524 by the Spanish, making it one of the oldest colonial towns in Central America. Apparently, because of the strategic location, it was used as a key shipping point for the Spanish to send much of the plundered gold and silver back home. Because of this, Granada also gained the attention of pirates (AKA the English, Dutch and Portuguese). Even Captain Morgan is reported to have visited here.
    This was a truly charming city that we highly recommend. Most of the buildings are attached, single story houses – usually with a single ornate door and window on the outside. However, each house paints their street-facing wall in a different, pastel color - creating a patchwork of color on each block. Most buildings also have beautiful courtyards behind their walls and often we saw the owners sitting in their rocking chairs in their front rooms watching the world go by.
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  • Day46

    Granada, Nicaragua

    February 15, 2015 in Nicaragua

    Nadat we terug zijn van de vulkaan gaan we gelijk door naar een prachtig kratermeer. Daar aangekomen is er geen kamer te vinden en slapen we op de grond bij andere backpackers die het zelfde probleem hadden en een apartement hebben gehuurd. Het meer was prachtig en het zoete water was heerlijk om in te zwemmen. Maar 2 nachten op de grond slapen ( bij de vulcaan sliepen we ook op de grond ) was meer dan genoeg dus de volgende dag liften we samen naar het volgende koloniale stadje Granada.

    Granada is een leuk en heerlijke stad. Het voelde een beetje als thuis met allemaal leuke eettentjes, koffietentjes en barretjes. We hebben ons zelf verwend en zijn 's avonds lekker uit eten geweest. Overdag hebben we hier en daar een kopje koffie gedronken en zijn zo langzaam door de stad gaan wandelen ( heel langzaam want het is ook heel warm ). We hebben zo wel de hele stad gezien en zijn alle prachtige kerken binnen gelopen.
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  • Day364

    Granada

    May 15, 2017 in Nicaragua

    Next stop was Granada, another gorgeous old colonial city full of Spanish cathedrals but also some pre-consiquador history. We stayed in probably the nicest hostel of the trip with rooms set around a lovely garden courtyard that was run by a women's cooperative funded from Europe.

    The town itself was nice, but didn't have the coolness of León with all its student influences. Still we spent an enjoyable day exploring the sights, food, shopping, and nightlife. We bought an amazing painting of exotic birds hidden in the jungle - I only wish we had the funds to have bought a bigger version of it.Read more

  • Day146

    Granada, Nicaragua

    March 12, 2017 in Nicaragua

    Our first taste of Lake Nicaragua.

    Granada is very similar to Léon in many ways; the culture, the architecture, the density of churches and the heat, oh the heat! It is undoubtedly one of the most well kept towns we have been to, perhaps an obvious indicator of whose dollar this town operates on. The main difference to Léon is that Granada sits right on Lake Nicaragua - the largest lake in Central America. I can't say I was too impressed, given our first impression was a continuous face full of bugs and a foreshore that resembled Orakei basin on a low tide. I still don't understand how such a huge lake is so filthy?!

    It's fair to say we didn't make a huge amount of effort to embrace the culture in Granada. For a reason unbeknownst to me, Granada has developed its tourism industry much more than it's counterpart, with dining and tour prices raised to meet the market as well as the relentless hustle that accompanies it. Oh how I'd kill to delete this part of travel.

    Our accommodation was just outside the tourist area, a relatively new operation called GM Granada, run by a ex-brisbanite and his partner. It had an excellent pool, clean rooms, an operable kitchen, good internet, cold beer and friendly hosts so to be honest we felt we ought to make the most of it.

    We found good value in our comparitively expensive dining here. Our first meal in Granada was burgers at La Frontera; they were delicious, well proportioned and only set us back $6USD per head. Not bad. We also found good mexican at a local chain and some top notch iced coffees at a very westernised cafe. We cooked a lot at the hostel and enjoyed both the meals and getting back in the kitchen. Although omelettes were a poor choice. Everybody knows hostel frying pans have an 'extra stick' coating that put even the toughest of glues to shame.

    Despite how I've made it sound we did get up to some activites in Granada. MERC got going in the flat and finally put together some faster k's...could that be some fitness? We explored town and climbed the bell tower of a church for a buena vista in the setting sun. Cat and I got behind Scotland in the Six Nations, with great hope that they would break England's wretched streak. It was not to be. One afternoon we hopped aboard a river boat for a cruise of some of the 365 isletas that lay green and foresty just inches above the lake. Unfortunately for us, 'some' was an ambiguous word and our 'two hour tour' comprised of a 40 minute tour followed by an hour and a half trapped on an island. Said island did have a pool and overpriced cold beer (as did our hostel), but we were not too pleased about the lack of tour. We confronted our operator at the time of payment and were assured that we had got a better deal than we bargained for; we got extra time on the island! Somehow we could not get across the point that they trapped us there (the boat dropped us off) and we had no say in when we could leave. I needn't explain how that one ended but we did enjoy the short trip we got, especially getting some really close up moments with the monkeys!

    Lago de Apoyo was another draw card in the area so we agreed to visit it as a day trip. We were really hoping Apoyo would raise the bar on Nicaragua's cleanliness! $14US got us a return taxi and a day pass to one of the lakeside hostels. It seemed steep but the priority taxi, free coffee, free kayaks, a great beach and bar set up made it worthwhile. Mike and I got the speedos on for the first time in a while, and were pretty chuffed to get out and back with no more drama than a lung full of lake. We litterally blew a whole day chilling out, reading, eating, swimming (every half hour - it was hot!!), and kayaking. The lake wasn't as immaculate as we had imagined but somehow the ruggedness suited us just fine.

    We left Granada on another chicken bus. (They're starting to stack up now!). We chose an earlier departure over a direct bus just to get out of the hustle. Midway through our trip, we were ejected from the bus in pursuit of our bags, which had made it from the roof of one bus to another in less time than Usain Bolt can cover 100 metres. We tried to hesitate but before we knew it our bags were out of reach, we chased them onto the bus and forked out an unreasonable sum of money for the ride. None of us managed to work out what happened, but we made our destination alright. I miss the air conditioned, hassle free transport of familiar car on familiar roads.
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  • Day29

    Granada

    January 31, 2017 in Nicaragua

    Walked around Granada - ok but Antigua was better.
    So hot all you want to do is sit in a courtyard cafe drinking smoothies.

    The cafes in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua are fabulous and the ones with garden cafes in colonial buildings are the best.

    In the afternoon off to Ometepe Island which is in Lake Nicaragua. Tedious public boat ride to the island - boat was very crowded and there were no seats. Then the kid sitting opposite me vomited.

    Hotel is in the middle of nowhere but right on the lake so might have a chill day tomorrow.
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  • Day276

    Granada, Nicaragua

    June 1, 2015 in Nicaragua

    We got into Granada and started exploring Nicaragua. Having just came fron Antigua, Granada doesn't seem as charming. However, the locals are very friendly and everything seems to be a little cheaper here. One of the famed local drink is Macua. Got totally hooked on it!

  • Day207

    Feliz navidad desde Nicaragua

    December 24, 2017 in Nicaragua

    Mir wünsched allne frohi Wiehnachte!

    "Wenn uns bewusst wird, dass die Zeit, die wir uns für einen anderen Menschen nehmen, das Kostbarste ist, das wir schenken können, haben wir den Sinn der Weihnacht verstanden".

  • Day114

    Nicaragua, Granada

    January 17 in Nicaragua

    Nach der niederschmetternden Erfahrung der Volunteer Arbeit war ich etwas entmutigt.
    Mit Reiseführer und Brownie habe ich mich im Hostel verkrochen und überlegt was ich die nächste Zeit machen kann.
    Erstmal noch drei Nächte hier bleiben und nichts tun!
    Meine Laune wurde von Tag zu Tag besser, ich habe nette Leute kennengelernt und ein Plan hatte ich mittlerweile auch ;-)
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  • Day233

    Granada zum 2., Nicaragua

    January 19 in Nicaragua

    13. - 19. Januar 2018

    Zurück in Granada! Dies ist gleichbedeutend mit dem letzten Stop von Silvan und Jackie. Für sie beide geht es nämlich nach rund drei Wochen Nicaragua wieder nach Hause. Schön wars mit euch beiden! Danke für die gute Zeit. Was wir nicht alles gesehen und erlebt haben! Highlights waren bestimmt die Kaffeegegend Matagalpa und die Insel Ometepe.

    Für Suti und mich beginnt nun die Planung der kommenden zwei Monate (in einem Monat besuchen uns Sutis Eltern in Costa Rica). Was wollen wir bis dahin machen? Von Freiwilligenarbeit ist die Rede, Yoga-Retreat, Ausspannen in Granada (die Stadt gefällt mir supergut) oder zurück auf die Isla Ometepe. Hauptsache, mal irgendwo stationär sein. Da wir von heute auf morgen kein geeignetes Volunteering finden (die Suche hält sich auch in Grenzen), ein Yoga-Retreat zu teuer wäre und Suti in die Natur raus will, entscheiden wir uns, auf Ometepe zurückzureisen.

    Wir buchen ein wie wir hoffen geeignetes Hostel für die nächsten zehn Tage auf der Insel, mein Geburtstagsgeschenk-Hotel an der Lagune Apoyo:) und für den Nicaragua-Abschluss die Flussfahrt auf dem Río San Juan. Danach machen wir uns an die Mission Costa Rica. Wir sind zwar keine Fans von viel im Voraus buchen, aber da wir in der Hochsaison unterwegs sind und das Land nicht eben zu den günstigen Destinationen zählt, kommen wir zum Schluss, dass dies angebracht wäre. Vor allem auch, da wir zu Viert sind. Langer Rede kurzer Sinn: während den vier Tagen Granada sind wir eigentlich nur am Planen, Lesen, Hostels suchen, buchen, stornieren, neu buchen, Besprechen, Abklären... es tönt nicht nur nach einem langwierigen Prozess, es war auch einer:). Zudem mussten wir auch unser Airbnb noch hin- und herwechseln, da der Vermieter sich die Daten falsch notiert hatte. Zu guter Letzt sind wir aber mit allen gefundenen Lösungen zufrieden (oder fast) und freuen uns nun auf unsere Auszeit von der Auszeit:).

    Memories: Granada dulce Granada; Zopf ohne Hefe ist ein schwieriges Unterfangen und schreit nicht nach Wiederholung; ganz anders der Gemüse-Kartoffelgratin; La Hacienda war unser erstes Restaurant in Granada und nun auch unser letztes...kitschig?; cooles Café Gallo pinto (gefleckter Hahn); wunderschöne Aussicht vom Kirchturm La Merced; das Antigüo Hospital dient als schönes und nicht alltägliches Fotosujet.
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  • Day228

    Weiterbildung die 2.

    March 11 in Nicaragua

    Nach dem der PadI Tauchschein in der Tasche ist, ging es gleich mit der nächsten Herausforderung weiter. Zigarren Rollen.
    Wie ich hier gelernt hatte, ist Nicaragua, nach Cuba, das zweitgrößte Land in der Zigarren Produktion. Außerdem gibt es hier viele kleine Fabriken, in denen die Zigarren noch komplett von Hand hergestellt werden. Darüber hinaus konnte man es selbst probieren und sich seine eigene Zigarre Rollen. Der ganze Spaß dauerte ca. 30 Minuten.
    Schritt 1: Ein Mix aus unterschiedlichen Tabakblättern (je nach Stärke und Geschmack) wurde grob und sehr fest zusammen gerollt.
    Schritt 2: Der Rohling wurde im Anschluss für ca. 20 Minuten in einer Presse komprimiert.
    Schritt 3: Der Feinschliff. Ein angefeuchtetes Tabak Blatt wird als "Hülle" herum gerollt. Das hält den Tabak Mix zusammen und gibt der Zigarre ein glattes, schöneres Aussehen.
    Schritt 4: Zum Ende wurden noch die Enden sauber abgeschnitten und fertig ist die Zigarre.

    Ein Profi fertigt davon am Tag übrigens um die 300 Stück und es scheint ein echt eintöniger Job zu sein...
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Granada, Горад Гранада, Гранада, Γρανάδα, Granado, グラナダ, გრანადა, 그라나다, Гранадæ, گرینادا، نکاراگوا, 格拉纳达

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