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Grenada, Nicaragua: A Photo Journey

In Nicaragua on June 24, 2009 at 4:45 am

relaxing at the hostel in a hammock

my flip flops, a mango, and lake nicaragua's finest fleet of flies

Lake Nicaragua

lake nicaragua again

the pier at lake nicaragua

Downtown Grenada

rooftop view from the former military barracks in grenada

view of the former military barracks

taking grenada in

a grenada street at noon

grebnada was so overcast

The beautiful colonial architecture in Grenada

the old fashioned railroad

Liza and I took a horse carriage tour of Old Grenada

This was a great way to see the city

There were so many beautiful brightly colored buildings

So many craft vendors gathered in this area

this was a lovely hostel

my delicious breakfast at the central market (avacado, fried plantain and queso on a bananna leaf)

so good i had two

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Beautiful Grenada

In Nicaragua on June 22, 2009 at 4:39 am

Nicaragua was a last minute, spur of the moment trip. I travelled to Costa Rica for a few weeks, and my friend Liza and I found ourselves with a little extra time on our hands. San Jose was rainy and cool, we needed out. We packed our bags, hopped a bus, set off without much of a plan and led ourselves on a tour of the charming colonial city Grenada.
Grenada was only about ten hours away from San Jose. The bus ride was cheap and efficient. The ride was beautiful, I got a really great sense of Costa Rica as we travelled through the countryside. I made a mental note to stop off at Arenal on the way back.

The food in Nicaragua was fantastic. I am a big fan of the plantain and cheese in a banana leaf dish (I have no idea what it is called). The central market was a great place to grab cheap bites. Restaurants were also ubiquitous, boasting a host of local and international cuisines. Grenada stands out in my memory as a wonderful, laid-back, friendly place.

Hammocks were everywhere. The weather was wonderfully warm and humid. Peopole seemed so genuinely happy and were extremely patient about my humble attempts at speaking Spanish.