Granada

Trip Start Feb 04, 2008
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Trip End Jul 03, 2008


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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

On your travels you often meet a variety of people. These can sometimes be grouped into catagories which can easily be indentified. Like species of bird for example. One particular species i have a grown a specific disliking to, is the "Ageing White American". He travels alone, is generally in his late 50s and divorced and still sports the same squarish smoked prescription glasses popular when Watergrate broke the news in 1972

Example
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He has spent his life lobbying against governmental corruption and investigating conspiracy theories, and has worked in government at one or several points in his life. He has done this to the detriment of his family and friends, and seeks respite in another country to escape persucution from his government, and disspointment from his family and friends. Also to seek out new candidates to join him in his struggle against corporate America. He can often be seen by the pool beseiging uninterested travellers with eyewateringly dull stories of unknown figures in american politics, and coincidental stories that indicate something "fishy" is going on behind the scenes. He also spends a great deal of time hogging the computers of the hostel internet cafe, watching streaming videos of conspiracy theories on youtube, and catching the eye of passers by, drawing their attention to inane rants across the ether about american coporations interferring in domestic and foreign policy. Most people feign interest, generally accompanied with h right", which indicates they have no idea what its about, or much care and stay just long enough as not to appear rude.

Granada!

We spent a few days here, its an old Colonial town built by the spanish in 1500 and something. Its a bit of a tourist town but we decided to check out the local sights. First stop was the local museum. Supposedly the best thing to do here. A large court yard filled with well groomed palm trees with small rooms around with exhibits. First part detailed the renovation of the church in poorly translated spanish. There were also a number of stone exhibits found on the small islands in the lake. These had names such as "man with snake for head" and "Unknown". The town is pretty enough and there are a number of restoration projects going on at any one time. The centre of town is a large plaza with trees and small market stalls, although one corner of the plaza smells like a urinal. We stayed at the Oasis hotel which is a beautiful converted colonial building, with a swimming pool. Unfortunatly the rooms are dark and stuffy. We spent the day relaxing yesterday at Laguna de Apoya which is a pristine crater lake. We spent the day admiring the view and frollicking around on inflatables in the lake. We have decided to leave today and check out the Artisan market of Masaya which is on the way to Managua, before we fly off to the corn islands. There is not much in the way of electricity or mod cons there so you may not here from us for a week or so.

Bye for now!

Richard and Amy
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