Mom & Dad, Will You Buy Us An Island? Please?
Trip Start Oct 08, 2009
27Trip End Nov 13, 2009
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Where I stayed
Hospedaje Eficio? something like that.
We found our hostel pretty easily, and we like it. Not quite as nice as Lazybones, but it definitely has character. It´s in a huge airy old building that looks out over the busy mercado central. We´ll probs only be staying there for one night anyways. We then headed out to find some food, and we ended up eating one of the best typico Nica meals we´ve had so far. It was, like yesterday, a buffet style setup. This time we knew how it worked and got a massive plate of carne with onions, chicken, rice, cheesy potatoes, and fried plantains. And of course, orange soda. It was delish.
After lunch, we decided to head to the parque and down Granada´s most touristy pedestrian street. We felt like we had been transported to Europe or something. Tiny cafes with trendy names were just spilling out onto the palm lined streets. Well, like Europe, except wayyy cheaper.. and with stray dogs, kids trying to sell you lollipops, and lots of rocking chairs. Have we mentioned how much Nicas love rocking chairs yet? They are EVERYWHERE. And people, young and old, sit in them all day long, but especially in the evening. It´s pretty cool; we decided they are an underrated piece of furniture in the US. Our hotel has over a dozen in the lobby and we are planning on rocking away the night tonight
We were led onto this sketchy little motorboat along with the uber dorky Belgian man. At this point, we realized we had just gotten on a random boat in the middle of nowhere and we were probs going to die. I even took the memory card out of my camera and put it in a separate pocket of my bag, bec I thought my camera was going to get stolen and I at least wanted my pictures! We sized up the guide, however, and then decided that we could easily take him. Then he told us his name (something cute but impossible to remember) and that the little pieces of vegation floating in the lake were ¨water lettuce.¨ We decided that anybody who willingly says water lettuce in their job probably isn´t going to kill us
We cruised around for about an hour and made it safely back to the dock. Phew. We tried to find a good souvenir store but had no luck, so we wandered through the local market instead. The stuff they sell in there is unbelievable. Then, we got more orange sodas. They are going to have to come up with some kind of orange soda methadone for us... because right now we are goners. We´ve just got a relaxing evening ahead of us, probably filled with a lot of park sitting and people watching and eating. The things we´re best at. Maybe they even have a movie theater here!
PS. Very sad news: the picture uploader thingy is broken. I don´t know if our picture guy is planning on getting a new one, but for right now, you will just have to imagine where we have been and the funny captions that would accompany it.