Granada Travel Blog› entry 3 of 12 › view all entries
My first attempt at this sounded to me like some sort of tourist promotional guide to Granada, so I’m starting again, and I’m just going to jump right into it this time. Granada is a Colonial city which was founded in 1524; the second of the Americas. I arrived in the evening, and, not liking the look of the hostel I had planned on staying in, I shelled out far too much for a mediocre place on the other end of town; but having a private room is often worth it. The thing about this city, as much as I like it, is that other tourists like it too, and it’s fast becoming a tourist destination; if it hasn’t already. There are not yet McDonalds but there are TGIFridays knockoffs, Nica style, littering the main strip.
I spent the day yesterday just wandering around, getting my bearings, and noticed how happy everyone here seemed to be; the children laughed and played, even (or especially) during the 8pm-12am blackout, the men grinned and laughed when I walked by, and the women smiled shyly and looked down quickly. I get the impression of a people who understand the draw of tourism, and who will embrace it as long as their quiet ways are respected, and so far, with the influx of eco/cultural conscious backpackers and forward-thinking adults, they seem to have been.
I was speaking to a few girls in my hotel lobby the day I arrived, and Mara, from Idaho, couldn’t wait to get home and be away from the lecherous eyes of those Latino’s Caliente. (My words, her sentiments) Apparently if you are blond and white you get looks and propositions everywhere you go. I told her that at least you won’t be likely to be groped, like in India, but she wasn’t so sure. It drew a stark contrast to traveling as a man and as a woman, and the different problems one faces.
Today I went on a organized tour up a volcano and paired up with a woman from New York, her being the only other English speaker on the tour. Wendy is a social work in the city for small children and their families, and is using her two weeks off to try to learn Spanish and to see Nicaragua.
Ok, I’m off to Leon tomorrow, so I’ll talk to you all soon. Send me emails!
C.p.s. I'm slowly picking up spanish....