Raining Mangoes in Granada
Trip Start Feb 07, 2012
19Trip End Apr 24, 2012
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The city has been a victim to many invasions from Spanish, English, French, and Dutch pirates, all wanting to claim it for themselves. Many of the streets are narrow, lined with beautiful old Spanish colonial architecture, enabling the passerby to quickly envision the city 300 years ago, when only horse and buggy passed along the narrow streets. The fact that the streets are still full of horses and buggy contraptions make the charm that much more real.
We stayed in a lovingly restored Colonial home owned by a fabulous Irish gent, Gerry
Our first morning in Granada, we headed out to the "supermercado" to stock up on a week's worth of groceries. There are a few nice markets in town, we picked one across town (50 cent taxi ride). Filled our carrige with stuff, so excited to have a kitchen and cook for ourselves. Food in Nicaragua is really inexpensive. Still, we managed to get $90 worth of groceries. We intended to pay via credit card (which is fine to do), but we did not have our passport. Our card would not work in their ATM. "No Problema" tha manager said, one of their workers would drive me to my hotel to get my passport(all in spanish). Confused, we asked "really?" as best we could. "No problema". Next thing you know Paul is on the back of a scooter, buzzing thru the frantic streets of Granada. Grab our passport, back at market to complete the transation. Where in America could you do this? It was a unique and wonderful experience. Narlan (and his family), the guy who helped us would become a good friend - stay tuned, more to come in Granada.