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Oh, Gra-na-da!

Our lovely dried out land

sunny 26 °C

We've settled for a bit in the picturesque colonial city of Granada, Nicaragua.


We arrived on Tuesday and suffered another full day of rain but the weather has progressively improved with ample sunshine today. One of the best aspects of this city is the bright and vivid colors of the exteriors of buildings in the old section.




The well-appointed Hostel Oasis is our host, and at $20/night it's a much better deal than a Costa Rican hostel with similar amenities: wifi, computer room, huge communal kitcehen, pool, movie and book library, do it yourself laundry (with a rooftop clothesline), and a hungry cat that visits the courtyard around 3 am and wakes everyone up.

We have settled into a nice routine of cooking delicious meals, ingredients bought at the sprawling outdoor market one block from our hostel, working out and doing yoga daily at the Pure Gym and strolling the main tourist street trying to avoid the children selling flowers and animals made of woven palm frond leaves.

Liz started a 20-hour intensive Spanish class this morning at the well-recommended APC school, located on the main square, in the heart of Granada. Kevin has started a campaign to rid the hostel of cats.

Tonight marks the end of the inaugural Granada International Jazz Festival, an event we have tried to take advantage. Here's proof that we still splurge every now and then on dates.


Liz is wearing a new dress, new shoes, new necklace, and new earrings. All for the low, low price of $28. Kevin is wearing a shirt for once.

Posted by kevindhodges 09:03 Archived in Nicaragua Tagged buildings city music exercise

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Sounds relaxing; didn't realize Granada was in Nicaragua. Colorful architecture and your hostel sounds like it has all the right amenities. Enjoy.

by Ed

The original Granada is in Spain, home of the Alhambra and the birthplace of Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca. I'm sure there are several copycat Granadas like this around Latin America. It definitely reminds one of the original though!

by kevindhodges

Kevin, Appreciate your clarification. Have to tell you I'm loving your blogs. Hope things stay a bit dryer and I'm really taken by the beauty of all your waypoints. Be well.

by ed

You guys look a-maz-ing! I miss you two and I'm glad your trip is going fabulously well. Keep up the blogs I love reading them :-)

by Jenn

Cats?? Are they on the menu too?

by dad

It is nice when Kevin wears shirts ;-)

by Jenna Gawne

It is nice when Kevin wears shirts ;-)!

by Jenna Gawne

There is a night visitor cat who must be terminated if the guests are to sleep. Luckily we transferred to a room with glass panes in the window (instead of just a screen).

by kevindhodges

But as Jenna knows, NOT VERY COMMON!

by kevindhodges


by Ellen

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