Grande Granada

Trip Start Apr 09, 2013
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Trip End Sep 30, 2013


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Flag of Nicaragua  , Granada,
Sunday, September 1, 2013

Travel tired...
We're starting to both feel a bit of travel tiredness come on and I think it's due to the heat..

We caught a bus from San juan to a place called Rivas and had to get off and change busses. As we got off we were hounded (as usual) by loads of taxi drivers trying to make a quick buck. We asked around the bus stop area/food market as to when the bus to Granada Would come. We received mixed answers like, in 2 hours time, never, take a taxi etc etc. we decided to wait. After 5 mins one came along... Classic Central America. We jumped on and waited nearly an hour for it to leave and without any exaggeration about 30 different people came on the bus selling various goods..
After the wait and an hour long bus ride we arrived in Granada. We found our hostel and settled in. That evening and each evening we experienced some amazing electrical storms and heavy down pours of rain...hence the term "rainy season"
The following day we explored the small city of which hosts the biggest cathedral in Central America. As Granada is situated on the top end of a lake we spent the afternoon walking down to the lakes edge etc.
Main attractions in Granada were viewing the volcanoes, boat trips and chocolate making tours.
As we hadn't made chocolate from scratch before we decided to join the class the following day.

The following afternoon we walked to a small breakfast and chcolate cafe which is where they host chocolate making classes, We paid US$20 each and signed up.
During the class we learned the history of the cocoa bean and how the anchient Mayans used to prepare it for drinking chocolate. We each had turns at cooking the beans over an open fire and then de husking them while they were still hot.
After that together we ground the cooked beans until it turned into a paste and was ready to be mixed with different ingredients to make the chocolate drinks.
We learnt how to make 3 typed of drinks, the Mayan, Aztec and European Chocolate drinks.
After making and trying the different types we went on to making our own dark chocolate bars.
This was pretty cool as we were able to add different ingredients of our own choice. Mine was dark chocolate with M and M's and cashew nuts whilst Kates was a dark chocolate mixed with Peanut butter and M and M's... yum!
We left the chocolate bars there overnight in the fridge to set and picked them up the next morning... they were pretty good but very rich!

On our last night in Granada a girl from our hostel was getting a tattoo done by a local tatoo artist. The tattoo guy brought all his equipment etc to do the tatoo in a room in the hostel. Unfortunately there was poor light in the room so Kate helped out with a flash light and some moral support... and kate said she hates needles..!

Next stop we will be in Leon, our last destination in Nicaragua.
Tomkate
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