Oy vey, it's Granada hotspurs

Trip Start Sep 02, 2010
Trip End Apr 20, 2011

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Casa del Agua & La Siesta & Oasis Hostel

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

If Granada was a country it would be Israel, if it were a football club; Tottenham. And while it's unlikely that Granada will develop nuclear weapons, invade Palestine or get to the Champions League the city has the feel of a place that thinks and acts as if it’s bigger and more important than it actually is, desperately trying to emulate the success of local colonial city rivals Antigua and León and coming up short every time.

It seems like the majority of local people, probably jaded by encounters with shouty, ignorant gringo expats (who wouldn’t know a Cordoba from a coronary), are out to empty the traveller’s wallet via over priced food, drink, tours and souvenirs or less subtly with an outstretched begging hand or a knife to the throat and a snatched bag. To be fair to the rest of the populous there are those who genuinely are happy to help and just as many who don’t really care either way.

Just as Israel has Jerusalem and Tottenham Peter Crouch there are also some notable highlights in Granada. Several nice churches to look at and many of the homes have beautiful huge courtyards in which to relax but the best of Granada isn’t in Granada at all.

The town of Masaya, just 15 minutes away in a taxi, has the country's best souvenir market and hammock factories as well as a steaming volcano with a road leading right up to the craters edge. Lake Nicaragua, 5 minutes out of town in a horse drawn carriage, has numerous isletas housing the weekend getaways for the rich and famous of Nicaragua (apparently there are some!). Volcano Mombacho, 20 minutes away, has hiking trails and the only thing we really wanted to try; zip lining.

The idea is simple, 1.5 kms of cables are strung high up from treetop platform to treetop platform at a slight downward angle. You clip yourself on and push out into space. Upside down, face first, on your back or bouncing, flying through the canopy towards a big tree is pretty fun and certainly beats dodging beggars in town.
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