Trip Start Oct 02, 2012
Trip End Jan 16, 2013

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

I checked into Hostel El Momento which is a really nice hostel run by a scouse called Chris.

The rest of the afternoon was spent exploring the city. In the evening I went to find a local restaurant with Jim which was recommended to me by one of the hostel workers. Unfortunately I couldn't seem to find it but we were able to find another local restaurant. 
Granada is a little touristy which was actually a welcome change to the sh*t hole that was Honduras. Everyone is really friendly and Granada is pretty safe. There are still certain areas one should avoid at night but you get that everywhere. 
After dinner went to find a pub down the main street with all the bars and restaurants. We ended up coming across an Irish pub, O'Sheas, that seemed pretty busy so grabbed a drink there. Its was only after we sat down did we realise that there was a pub quiz going on so we tried to join. Sadly there weren't any spare answer sheets but the table next to us kindly let us join them. They were a really nice bunch of people who were all in Granada volunteering for a local charity that works with school children. We some how managed to pick the best team to join because we ended up winning the quiz by one point!! The winning prize was a bottle of rum which I kind of felt a bit guilty for sharing as we didnt really contribute too much. I did however get my token one question correct by guessing JK Rowlings first name was Joanne so I didn't feel too guilty. hehe.

The next day, can't really remember what day of the week it was, possibly a Thursday, was spent attending my first official spanish lesson at a school called Spanish Express. I did 4 hours of lessons learning the basics. It was really good, now my problem is understanding the response I get when I've a question! What makes it even more challenging is that the Nicaraguans have a slight accent to their Latin American Spanish which just makes things a little harder than it should! haha.
In the evening we went to dinner at this locally owned cafe called Garden Cafe and then back to the volunteers' house for a hula hoop party and a card game called Plump. It was a really entertaining evening.

Friday (I think) I decided to go on a boat tour around the Isletes (islands in case you hadn't guessed the translation). It was an OK tour. It felt like we were just going around to see where the rich people lived! haha. I did meet Simone on the tour who was actually staying in our Hostel but we hadn't actually spoken to. After the tour was done Simone suggested we go check out this dog sanctuary she had heard about. I had nothing better to do and thought it could be interesting. Took us ages to find it. Only reason we did find it was because we saw someone walking about 7 dogs at once and decided to follow her. The sanctuary was pretty cool. They are a charity that take in stray or mistreated dogs, care for them, bring them back to good health and try and re-home them. Whilst we were there, there was also an american film crew who were making a documentary about travelling in Central America. I might be in the back ground somewhere, not sure. lol.

Being the start of the weekend it would have been rude not have gone out so we met up with the volunteers and went to nice cheap bar :-) It was also the main day to celebrate the Virgin Mary and as such there was a parade down the main street. 
There had been a lot of hype about this celebration and the fact that everyone had been letting of fireworks at all hours of the day in preparation I would have expected more floats than just the one!
Was a great night out which ended up in my first Nicaragua night club called Kelly's and getting home at 3am.
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