Trip Start Jul 07, 2009
Trip End Oct 05, 2009

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Hospedaje Valeria

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Granada was an incredibly pleasant surprise with it’s lively town square lined with lush green trees, small vendors and horse-drawn carriages. Bright pastel buildings line the streets in every possible color. As chaotic and overwhelming as Managua felt, Granada feels stately and serene. The fact that the streets in Granada are actually named (and posted!) is a huge bonus as well.

We spent a leisurely afternoon exploring Granada, peering in open front doors to the inside courtyards that every house seems to possess. That’s my favorite part of the city I think, the indoor/outdoor living. Most houses, and hotels and guesthouses, contain a private outdoor courtyard that the rest of the house (or guesthouse) is centered around. Instead of front and back yards, each place has their own little yard within the house. The result is a private hideaway feeling that combines nature with everyday living.

We stayed at Hospedaje Valeria, an eight-room guesthouse owned by Valeria, a recently returned Nicaraguan, and her Sicilian husband. We enjoyed a warm, welcome-to-the-family overnight stay that was remarkably relaxing, as we chit-chatted with Valeria’s sister and her American husband and two babies and played with Olly, Valeria’s French poodle.

We’re heading to Ometepe, the largest island in Lago de Nicaragua, next. Looking forward to a 3-6 hour ferry ride (depending on who you ask) tomorrow afternoon.
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