Arriving at the airport in Managua we wasted no time in the capital and immediately drove the 45 minutes to Granada. The oldest colonial city in Nicaragua, Granada’s historic buildings are painted in brightly candy-coloured hues making it an inviting location for visitors. Its streets are filled with horse drawn carts which enrich the scene.
Our pace slowed instantly upon arrival and we spent the first three days swimming in the pool, swinging in hammocks and enjoying having the space and freedom to cook some of our own meals. Cereal for breakfast – absolute heaven for Oscar and Stella! Rave reviews for a toasted tuna sandwich for dinner is a clear sign that the kids are more than ready for a restaurant hiatus. The upcoming three week stay in an Eco house in the jungles of Nicaragua should provide more than enough opportunity for this. Fingers crossed there is a good grocery store there!
The predictable clear blue sun-filled sky and balmy summer temperatures are a most welcome change. Two nights at Laguna de Apoyo, a volcanic lake 25 minutes outside of Granada, was spent entirely at the water’s edge swimming and befriending crabs and iguanas. Can you officially call them ‘friends’ if they are both found deceased? A rigamortous reptile and crustacean are definitely more the speed of Oscar, who is officially an urban kid — it is very apparent he has been raised in Hong Kong.
Once back in Granada for another four day stint we relocated to Hotel La Bocona, a small boutique hotel with canopied beds befitting a princess. Funnily enough Stella has taken to calling herself Princess Super Girl on a regular basis, so the beds are very apropos. Oscar and Stella were more than happy to take over the pool courtyard of the hotel and spend hours playing in the water yet again. Our time here seems to have a unified H2O theme.
Although we didn’t work our way through a checklist of sites to see in Granada, we certainly enjoyed taking in the city at our own pace. Meals eaten out at restaurants have proven that Nicaragua has some very tasty dishes with some definite Mexican influence. The continuation of Spanish has added some self-induced pressure on Mart to improve his language skills and Spanish tutorials have become a daily norm. If it continues at this rate he may be bilingual by the time we reach Spain. Buenos!
The next challenge is driving the mandatory 4 wheel drive we’ve rented to San Juan Del Sur to the Eco house. How bad can the roads be up into the relatively uninhabited hills of the jungle? At the very least there should be few cars to back into! We’ll update you soon.