Raining Mangoes in Granada

Trip Start Feb 07, 2012
Trip End Apr 24, 2012

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Casa Del Agua

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Granada was founded in 1524 by Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba, ostensibly the first European city in mainland America. While other cities claim the same distinction, the city of Granada is registered in official records of the Crown of Aragon, and the Kingdom of Castile in Spain.

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.  It is aptly named Case Del Agua as the former owners redesigned the center courty yard into a pool.  The moment you shut the door on the chaos of the noisy Granada streets and see the sparkling water in the center of your home, you can't help but want to linger.  The first words out of Sawyer's mouth were "Mom, I've never seen a pool right next to the kitchen and dining room before.  When I jump in the pool, I'm going to splash the stove!"  Above the open air pool, one can see a towering mangoe tree.   Throughout the day we heard a loud thump, thump, rolling sound, and then a big splash as a mango dropped into our pool, perfectly ripe.

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.

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Jennifer Humphrey on

THAT'S just what I said when I saw the pool next to the kitchen, Sawyer. How cool. I bet you didn't even have to do a major cannonball to splash that stove!

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