Friday...........tour of Granada area

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Dining room of Hotel Terrasol

I’m to be picked up at 8:30 for the tour, so have some fruit for breakfast at 8:20, to be ready in time.  At 5 to 9 I ask Katya, where is the tour?  Oh, she’d forgotten to check and confirm with the company.  She rings them and they say that because there wasn’t a minimum of three people, there wasn’t any tour.  Unfortunately I wasn’t told of this and didn’t have any opportunity to comment, or offer to book for just one person USD60 plus taxes.  Turns out that now there is no-one available.  I’m also told that it’s a public holiday today, but not sure how this affects anything.

 

Katya suggests that she runs around to another tour company a block and a half away; she does so and says that they’ll take me, with an English guide too!  Apparently there’s another person staying at the hotel who also wants to do the tour so it’s agreed, 10 am pickup, USD35 each.

Volcano Masaya; I'm not going any closer

 

Off we go at 10.  There is Carlos, driver and Mauricio, guide.  The other person from the hotel is Marcos, originally from Argentina, but living in Costa Rica.  He is in Granada for the weekend.

 

The car isn’t airconditioned, oh no.  But I’ve already given up in the “looks” department.  I look really ghastly in all the photos, replete with my blonde eyebrows, compliments of the hairdresser in Quito and every day is a bad hair day in the humidity and heat of Central America.  I feel part of the great unwashed.

 

The first stop is at the visitors’ centre of the volcano Masaya.

View of Masaya and lookout from the other higher hill which we climbed.
  Then we climb up to take advantage of the views for photos.  Afterwards we go to the markets in Masaya and then to Caterina for lunch and a spectacular view of Lake Apoyo, with Granada in the distance.

 

We all get along very well and Marcos and I have plenty of time to talk.  He’s an English teacher in Costa Rica, starting his own business.  We go to San Juan Oriente to see pottery being made and etched.  It’s amazing the number of hours that go into making each article.  I buy a small candle cover thingo for my livingroom and hope that I can get it back to Oz in one piece.  We go and look at some more pottery shops and then go back to Granada.  Travel agency is called Wow and I thought they were great.

 

Marcos and I decide to go for a walk later and end up sitting at an outdoor table and watch some of the preparations for tomorrow night’s festivities.

Masaya market
  Have a couple of drinks and something to eat.  Eventually wander back to the hotel, have another drink and Marcos has something to eat too.  After he leaves I sit in the diningroom and use the wifi.  Eventually have a shower and wash my hair.  It’s so humid here.  Water is cold but the wine has made it bearable ;-)

 

Unlike me, Marcos likes having his photo taken at places he visits, hence his frequent appearances in my photos.

 

Katya had offered to change my room for one not as close to the compressors, but I reckon the devil you know…………….

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Dining room of Hotel Terrasol
Dining room of Hotel Terrasol
Volcano Masaya; Im not going any …
Volcano Masaya; I'm not going any…
View of Masaya and lookout from th…
View of Masaya and lookout from t…
Masaya market
Masaya market
Outside Masaya market, note stone …
Outside Masaya market, note stone…
Marcos and I, Lake Apoyo
Marcos and I, Lake Apoyo
Marcos smiling in the restaurant, …
Marcos smiling in the restaurant,…
The view from the restaurant, Lake…
The view from the restaurant, Lak…
Mauricio posing for a photo
Mauricio posing for a photo
Our jalopy for the day, the orange…
Our jalopy for the day, the orang…
Marcos at the pottery factory
Marcos at the pottery factory
Marcos outside hotel Terrasol
Marcos outside hotel Terrasol
La Merced church, raining a little.
La Merced church, raining a little.
Main square, Granada
Main square, Granada
Cathedral, Granada
Cathedral, Granada
Oldest hotel in Granada.
Oldest hotel in Granada.
Marcos near main square, Granada
Marcos near main square, Granada
As we have our drinks, a bride goe…
As we have our drinks, a bride go…
Granada
photo by: monoli