Granada Travel Blog› entry 14 of 27 › view all entries
Here we are in the lovely colonial city of Granada, chock-full of beautiful and historic churches, homes and fortifications, many dating from as early as the 1500's We are splurging by staying at the Hotel Casa San Francisco, owned by Terry, a college friend of Katy's. It's so beautiful and comfortable it's hard to leave to go experience the city. This is the first place we've stayed at has both a pool and airconditioning. We could get used to this!!
sighting: many local nica men wear 2nd hand tshirts from the USA. Our favorite was a hot pink number worn by a middle aged man, with large black lettering on the back reading, "I AM A BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR". I say odds are low this dude speaks english.
Power outages have been frequent on our trip. In Costa Rica and Panama, they coincided with storms. Here in Nicaragua they seem to happen "just 'cuz". I read that Nicaragua denationalized its power grid a few years ago, selling it to a "worthless Spanish conglomerate" who keeps raising its rates and lowering its availability of power.
Tomorrow we leave for Managua, from where we leave very early in the morning for San Pedro Sula, Honduras, which is near the caribbean coast.
Our experience so far: Panamanians are friendly and greet everyone they pass, Costa Ricans are polite, but Nicaraguans are sweet - they may look very serious as you're passing them on the street, but their faces light up when you greet them.