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Continuing to enjoy the city

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We continue to enjoy the many sights and sounds of the city, including the local fish market where we had absolutely amazing ceviche:

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We spotted Kevin's restaurant:

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We were also introduced to the professional world of darts by a friendly American who reviews dart-friendly bars and pubs around the world. We quickly found, thanks to him, that we are AMAZING dart players and we are ready to enter the local dart league when we return home!

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We continue to find beautiful art and murals at unusual locations, such as at the large park we exercise:

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This guy seemed out of place on top of a home construction business:

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We continue to enjoy the dichotomy of architecture within the city. Skyscrapers appear to glare across the city at the crumbling colonial mansions:

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And there were certainly plenty of glorious homes which have sagged far beyond what anyone could easily repair:
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Although there has been (and continues to be) a lot of ongoing renovation of the old section of the city, it seems the locals would like funds allocated to other projects:

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More beautiful pictures of this very fun city:

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We have a few more fun-filled days here before we board our boat to Colombia! More to come soon....

Posted by ebmarnp 12:39 Archived in Panama Tagged buildings fish darts Comments (2)

Oh, Gra-na-da!

Our lovely dried out land

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

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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.

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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.

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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 Comments (10)

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