Bed Bug

Trip Start Oct 31, 2008
Trip End Jul 01, 2009

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Time starting to become prominent in or minds we decided to miss the coast and head in what seemed a natural progression to Granada. A direct quote from the good book for you "For most people the highlight of there Central America experience". A couple of buses was all it took. A change in the countries Capital Managua. Through Craft centro Masaya with a mental note taken to return and into "most peoples highlight".

Oasis, a grubby hostel, we decided on staying at to mix it up with other travelling types. Basically a poorman´s version of the lovely Lazybones we stayed in Leon. It was pretty quiet as half the rooms were booked out. Filling the afternoon with walk round the pleasant town and some rubbish food we unusually chose to spend our evening playing cards on our bed and get an early night.

Well the cards kept flowing and quickly became quite late, when we started noticing a few really small beetle like creatures on the pillows. At first brushing them away before a slightly hyperventilating Nadia insisted on a closer inspection from her heroic boyfriend. (guess who is typing this entry) Vinny checked the pillows......quietly suggest Nadia should no longer sit on the bed and left the room destination front desk. The pillows were TEEMING with bed bugs. They swiftly moved us, in a manor which showed a lack surprise or concern and quickly lead us to question weather the spare rooms were actually booked out or..........!!

Its then a difficult time. All you can do after a prison rules shower, scrub and delousing is pile possibly infested clothes in a boiling washing machine wait and hope. Wait to see how many bites you have come off with, wait and see if all your belongings have been ´bugged´ and hope that its all okay. Of course we moved out the next morning finding a much better and more cost efficient place on the main strip and continued our wait.


Bags: Clear. Good news
Belongings: Clear. Good news
Clothes: After the wash all appeared clear. Good news
Nadia: Clear, not a bite and still very beautiful!. Good news
Vinny: Mauled, over the next itchy week more than 100 bites discovered. Bad news.

So, Granada "most peoples highlight"? Its alright. Quite small and very clean colonial town. The main square is very shady in both coverage and the types who occupy it. There is a main food street leading of the square that has plenty of good eateries and bars of various prices. Typico, the 1st you come being our particular favourite. There are some night spots and plenty of hostels, so perhaps it has more to offer the solo or more party inclined travellers. It is positioned on the enormous Lake Nicaragua which we had a stroll down too on hearing of a park area. I urge no one to go down there. Its a very long walk for a start and when they built the kilometre long area, I´m sure there were great intentions, but its unkempt and empty. There is nothing quite so sinister as a children's play area, climbing frame, swings and slide, overrun with long grasses and covered in creeping weeds and there were plenty of them.

Okay we had fun in Granada it was nice anywhere near our highlights. No. Its certainly no Antigua or Flores is Guatemala or Merida, Mexico for that matter. I´m a travel snob I appreciate that and am very privileged to have seen these very lovely things. But that doesn´t do anything to belie the thought that maybe Nicaragua isn´t for us and question why everyone seems of the belief that its the most aaaaammmazing place ever. Is it us or is everyone just buying into the hype??????? We shall see.

Oh, if you were wondering. We went back to the Oasis the next day after we had checked out and the whole place was full was full of noxious gases. It was being fumigated. Oasis I thank you for my 100+ bites and your lack of courage to just tell us that there were no rooms free due to an insect problem!!

You may notice a couple of photo for the first time in a few entries......The moment of Villianary is at hand.
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