December 29th, 2006 – by: spursbackpacker
Looking up from Don Luca pizza place in granada, the gorgeous cathedral
Ha Ha a new country for my map.. finally i am going places, we took the tica bus from San Jose and made our way to the boarder, getting into nicaragua was more simple than what i have read or been told, we paid $8 for our entry stamp at the nicaragua boarder, you simply get off bus, get your bag, walk thru control, they take your form, walk back to bus, then your in, the Tica bus company do all the leg work for you, so it really is that simple.. The bus ride took us only 7half hours, and the bus was ok too, lots of leg room, ugh the only problem and this is bad, they show endless Rob Schneider movies!!!!!!! and there in spanish, i think they do that because if the ppl on the bus fall asleep, then they are less trouble..
Granada is absolutly beautiful, such a lovely city, its like cross between colonial spain and York, all cobble streets mixed with spanish tiles, and the colonial houses are painted in pastel colours, its very picture postcard.
Looking down from the side of the cathedral.
. the churches here are out of this world, and the main church on the square is so amazing, its like comething out of a Dali painting... really is so much more me than costa rica, the ppl are so kind and more friendly, the only problem tho and dont get to worried is, Street kids, i feel really nervous walking around with the bag, i mean they look at you and you think bugger are they gonna pinch it.. so i have decided to wear my inside purse, not carry my cards, lock that in my huge backpack in the locked locker.. thats the only problem, and i did expect it too me like that, esp as most the population is on the poverty line and this is considered a third world country.. but still its a shame, as Granada is stunning...
How cheap is it to costa rica, well the exchange rate is $1 is 15.
Front view from the cathedral
76corlobdes and so double that for us being english.. so 35c is a quid, a beer is 20c in a more posher cafe, and a coca cola is 12c a dinner cost me last night 50c oh they do add on 13% tax. Here at the hostel we are paying $7 a night in the dorm, and the dorm is actually good, its in a very old colonial house, and has a lush courtyard, with swimming pool, old 1920 lamps, the floor is tiled and oh i tell ya its bloody gorgeous to just sit and take it all in.. a beer here is only 17c we are gonna stay a week, get new year out the way, then head to Laguna Del Aypolya which is that fresh water lake, which is meant to be so pretty, they do a shuttle from the hostel for only $3 and takes you to another hostle which is about the same price.. i tell you it is more hotter in Granada than Puerto Viejo was..