4 hours in Granada

Trip Start Jul 12, 2012
Trip End Sep 21, 2012

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Once again was woken up by the ridiculous heat, I was stupidly tired after the trek and the night out as well. Need a fan!! I rang the camera guy in the hope that a) he had fixed my camera and b) he'd managed to do it by today. He had managed to do it for today but he couldn't fix it. AWESOME. Actually thought I'd finally found a decent underwater camera but no. Had to therefore fork out $200 on a bloody new camera when I am already WAY over budget. 

At least I managed to find one for that price though, one that I was looking at came with a free memory card so when I asked if the camera I wanted came with all the battery, charger etc he said no...I was like what it doesn't come with a battery. He still said no, this went on for a bit before he realised I ddin't mean a memory card but the battery. well duh! 

I came back and waited for Carlo and James to sort themselves out and we all got the bus to Managua together. A girl called Maria, kept talking to us in Spanish, which I mostly understood and just got Carlo to do the rest! She was really sweet though, she kept saying she liked my necklace (thanks Steve) and asked if I was dating James or Carlo. She asked a lot of questions to be fair! I eventually bought some bananas off her, I'd asked for only one but she gave me a bunch of like 20. I was like, I definitely cannot eat this many bananas! I therefore, much to the boys amusement, went round the bus offering them to the locals on the bus. The boys thought it was hilarious but I at least got rid of the majority of them. I love how the give you drinks out here too, they literally pour a bottle of something into a plastic bag and then hand it to you to drink from! 

Once the bus arrived in Managua I was literally thrown off in a rush and told by the guy on the bus that I had to get the 110 to Granada. I saw that it was there and jumped on and asked two seperate people if it went to Granada, apparently it did...except it definitely didn't! I'd noticed that on the way we had driven past a load of minivans saying 'Granada', I started to get suspicious. An hour later we pulled up somewhere and everyone got off, I was like shittttt. The driver looked at me as if to say, "uh why are you still here," and I tried to explain to him that I wanted to go to Granada and this is the bus I was told to get on. He apparently took pity on me as he drove us off to find another bus that was going back the other way and this time the driver knew exactly where I needed to get off. 

By this point I was absolutely knackered after not having loads of sleep over the last few days and pretty annoyed that I'd already gone an hour out of my way and had to go back. I was pretty tempted just to get off and go and find the boys and not go to Granada but I perservered. I eventually got back to the buses I had seen two hours before and got on another bus for two hours. I was so uncomfortable and so tired and had no room but I finally arrived in Granada at 6:30pm when I should have been there at 3pm. It was already getting dark when I got there so I knew I wasn't going to be able to do a lot of sightseeing today, which meant another early morning before going to San Juan tomorrow. 

I went to what was meant to be the most popular hostel in Granada, but no one was there and it seemed like they were doing renovations. When I asked about the reception in a shop that was attached to it the guy was really rude and sarcastic to me for no reason. Dick. Luckily there was a hostel next door with some terrible beds but I thought that it would do.  I was absolutely starving by this point as i'd only had a banana for lunch so me and two American girls from the dorm (one who had mananged to get a bacterial infection from a mosquito bite, it looked like she'd had some flesh eating virus...scary!) went to dinner. 

We found a really nice place but it sitting outside was ruined by the weird karaoke street thing that was going on outside. What is it with terrible karaoke here. The woman seemed perplexed when we said that we wanted to get away from the music but luckily they had a bit at the back which was a bit quieter!

Had a pretty awesome steak which with a drink and tip cost $11.50. BARGAIN. Nicaragua is seriously helping my budget problems. Therefore treated myself to a gelato and went home for some well deserved sleep. Annoyingly though I thought I'd nabbed one of the better beds but apparently someone was already staying in it, had to sleep in the uncomfortable top bunk instead. At least this time I have my own personal fan, THANK GOD! 
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