Published: November 27th 2006November 24th 2006
Well we´ve been lounging around, taking in all the sights, smells and sounds in this old colonial town of Granada. After spending a few great days checking out the sights with our friends Jenny and Nate, it was time to bid them ¨adios¨ as they had to head back home. We decided that this was a good place to stop for a couple days and take a few spanish lessons. Our feeling is we need to at least be introduced to the basics of the spanish language so we can comunicate effectively.
Granada is a colonial town that is 400 years old. Being a colonial town, all the buildings are constructed connecting each other which gives it a very maze-like feeling when attempting to navigate it. All the buildings have an inner courtyard that sports a little garden, ideal for that tranquil afternoon siesta on a hammock! The middle section of town is quite beautiful, with no shortage of colourful walls and lots of old colonial architecture. There is a bustling morning market near the downtown core. On a little foray one day out into the outskirts, I realized that most of the residents of this town actually live in
Jenny and Nate
We meet Jenny and Nate Scuba Diving in Tamarindo. We joined forces and went to Nicragar together. We are going out to some island for lunch.
poverty, with little more that four walls and a tin shack over their head. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in Central America (after Haiti).
Some major highlights of Granada:
A boat cruise to Las Isletas - an array of hundreds of tiny, one house islands that are scattered just south of Granada on Lake Nicaragua.
Tasting the local delicacy of the area - ´Vigaron´ consists of deepfried pork skin served ontop of a heaping portion of boiled yucca (a type of root) mixed with cabbage salad. Probably one of the worst things I have ever tasted, Nate and I had to choke it down (purely out of curtesy) while the girls wouldn´t come near it!
A day trip out to Laguna de Apoyo - a crater lake that I will add a post about soon. Awesome place.
So with five days of spanish classes under our belts, we are now ready to go out there and takle the yet be discovered. I think we have the rules and basics down. Our next step now is to add some vocabulario and practico, practico, practico.
But I´ll stop rambling in words and let the attached pictures
do the rest of the work for me.
There are more photos below