Mom & Dad, Will You Buy Us An Island? Please?

Trip Start Oct 08, 2009
Trip End Nov 13, 2009

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Flag of Nicaragua  , Granada,
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

After an early night last night (including the most delish fajitas we´ve ever had), we woke up ready to head to Granada. The cook at our hostel wasn´t ready, however, and we ended up waiting over an hour for breakfast. Oh well. We then took a taxi to the bus station, where we had to wait in line for about 30 minutes for the bus that went directly to Managua. On the way, I had the rare pleasure of being puked on by the three year old girl sitting next to me. Sweet, I was wondering when the next time I´d have bodily fluids spewed on me on a bus. It had been a while. Not long enough, though! It took about an hour and a half to get there, and we´re glad we weren´t staying there. Not very pretty. We quickly hopped on a second bus to Granada, which took about an hour. One of the oldest cities in Nicaragua, and definitely the most touristed, Granada definitely lives up to its reputation. It´s beautiful. From the lush central square to the palm trees to the colorful colonial buildings and churches, it is very pleasing on the eyes. Not to mention the vast lake it sits on and the green volcanoes that surround it!

We found our hostel pretty easily, and we like it. Not quite as nice as Lazybones, but it definitely has character. It´s in a huge airy old building that looks out over the busy mercado central. We´ll probs only be staying there for one night anyways. We then headed out to find some food, and we ended up eating one of the best typico Nica meals we´ve had so far. It was, like yesterday, a buffet style setup. This time we knew how it worked and got a massive plate of carne with onions, chicken, rice, cheesy potatoes, and fried plantains. And of course, orange soda. It was delish.

After lunch, we decided to head to the parque and down Granada´s most touristy pedestrian street. We felt like we had been transported to Europe or something. Tiny cafes with trendy names were just spilling out onto the palm lined streets. Well, like Europe, except wayyy cheaper.. and with stray dogs, kids trying to sell you lollipops, and lots of rocking chairs. Have we mentioned how much Nicas love rocking chairs yet? They are EVERYWHERE. And people, young and old, sit in them all day long, but especially in the evening. It´s pretty cool; we decided they are an underrated piece of furniture in the US. Our hotel has over a dozen in the lobby and we are planning on rocking away the night tonight. Party animals. We wandered down towards the lake and stopped to take in the view. Besides an ice cream man who wouldn´t stop ringing his bell at us (dude, we know you´re there; quit tempting me), it was muy tranquillo. Then, a man approached Teddy about a tour to the isletas (a bunch of islands in the lake). One of the great things about traveling with a guy down here is that nobody approaches you about anything. They assume the guy´s in charge of all important buying and traveling decisions. Thus, they ignore me and hound Ted. It´s awesome. I just sit back and laugh and watch him struggle to say no, being the complacent wife I am. After a Belgian tourist got roped into the tour, the man came back and said we could go on it for $6, as opposed to his original offer of $20. Seeing as we really had nothing to do, and it was a nice day to be out on the lake, we accepted.

We were led onto this sketchy little motorboat along with the uber dorky Belgian man. At this point, we realized we had just gotten on a random boat in the middle of nowhere and we were probs going to die. I even took the memory card out of my camera and put it in a separate pocket of my bag, bec I thought my camera was going to get stolen and I at least wanted my pictures! We sized up the guide, however, and then decided that we could easily take him. Then he told us his name (something cute but impossible to remember) and that the little pieces of vegation floating in the lake were ¨water lettuce.¨  We decided that anybody who willingly says water lettuce in their job probably isn´t going to kill us. So we sat back and relaxed. We rode around the lake, looking at various houses on their little individual islands. We saw the house of the owner of Flor de Cana, Nicaragua´s famous, cheap, and good rum. There were also a lot of islands for sale. One such island was probs about 2 acres and already had a pretty decently sized house on it. It was surrounded by palm trees and a lot of other foliage. Very cute. And guess what, it´s only $200,000! We had to ask the guide twice to make sure we got the price right. So, here´s a proposal, parents. We think you guys should get some friends together (preferably the parents of our friends) and all pitch in to buy your very own ISLAND. Then we could all share it and live happily ever after. Thoughts?

We cruised around for about an hour and made it safely back to the dock. Phew. We tried to find a good souvenir store but had no luck, so we wandered through the local market instead. The stuff they sell in there is unbelievable. Then, we got more orange sodas. They are going to have to come up with some kind of orange soda methadone for us... because right now we are goners. We´ve just got a relaxing evening ahead of us, probably filled with a lot of park sitting and people watching and eating. The things we´re best at. Maybe they even have a movie theater here!

PS. Very sad news: the picture uploader thingy is broken. I don´t know if our picture guy is planning on getting a new one, but for right now, you will just have to imagine where we have been and the funny captions that would accompany it.
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Carolyn on

The picture guy needs to get a new uploader as soon as possible, please!

10asians on

With regards to your camera, why are you carrying such a behemoth? Are you concerned about getting the highest picture quality or is it a matter of telephoto-ing long distance shots? Haven't you found it difficult to lug around during the course of your travels? And isn't it highly tempting for would-be criminals to relieve of the aforementioned behemoth? Just curious which camera I myself should take to CA. Thanks

Yao Ming the Truth on

Orange soda is my fave on travel trips. It's always a hit and miss with the water, but Fanta is the one constant in every country I've ever been to. Can't wait to see all of your guys' pics when you get your camera situation squared away. I'm saving my money up as we speak so that I won't have to miss out on the next excursion. Be safe!

namaste32 on

hi hi! yeah i am carrying a nikon d40 just for picture quality. recently, i've been finding myself disappointed with the photos my point and shoot was taking. i still brought my point and shoot to take videos and quick snapshots, but i much prefer my other one for more quality shots. the d40 is really pretty light, so i haven't found it much of a bother at all. and yes, it probably is more tempting for criminals, but i don't take it out if it feels uncomfortable - that's what i have my point and shoot for. i think it's just up to you how important your pictures are to you, and how conscientious you want to be about your cam.

namaste32 on

and yao, very glad to hear you are an orange soda addict, too! it makes us feel less like crackheads (as i am at the internet cafe pounding an orange soda). you better save up, it would be awes to go on a trip with you! and btw, there's a bunch of pix on the let's get extreme blog entry. some pretty hilar ones. hope everything's going well!!!

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