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On Tuesday we awoke to crappy weather with overcast skies and light rain at the beach. I suggested that it would be a good day to take a day trip and go to Masaya and Granada. Neither is very far from Montelimar mileage-wise but due to the poor roads, bad weather, and traffic the drive took a little over 2 hours. Fortunately, when we arrived in Granada it was beautiful and sunny so we were able to forget all about the bad weather we left behind.

Security Is Everywhere

Turn Here To Go To Masaya

Hanging Out On The Bus

Carriage Rides In Granada


My Aunt Makes Another Friend

The Hammock Shop

Town Square

Shopping For Jewelry
Granada probably sees more tourists than any other city in Nicaragua and as a result it has the highest number of street peddlers. Most of them hang out in the main square and are relentless in their sales pitches. Once you get out of the main square, however, the less sales pitches you have to endure about why the crap they are selling is better than the other people's crap.

While wandering around Granada we went into a cigar store and I found a couple ladies rolling cigars in a back room. These are probably future "genuine" Cuban cigars...

Hotel In Granada

Cool Poster

Haggling With Street Vendors

Granada Street

Local Church

Needs A Bath...

Cool Doorway

The Pot Salesman

A Fiesta

Healthcare Fair

Colorful Restaurant

The Pinata Store

Circus Circus

Streets Of Granada

Bucket O' Frescos
Like every town in Nicaragua Granada has a mercado where you can buy just about anything you want. Most Nicaraguans do all of their shopping in the mercado's rather than grocery or department stores. I don't haggle on prices as much in Nicaragua as I do in most Latin American countries. The reason being that the starting prices are usually so low that I don't see much point to it. My aunt, for example, bought some silver bracelets for her daughter and they were $3 each. There didn't seem to be much point to getting a better price.

The Cheese Shop

The Mercado

Nice Roof

The Shoe Repair Guy

Sewing Machine For Shoes

Mercado Municipal

Mercado Municipal

Need A Cake?

I Don't Speak English Lady...

The Button Shop

Inside The Mercado

Looking For Treasures

Big Tub Of Goo

We're Overstocked On...

Nice Balance

Bring Your Own Chair

Fresh Eggs

More Carriages

Nice AK47

A Fixer Upper

Colorful Jewelry
After spending half the day in Granada we loaded up the car and headed to Masaya. Masaya is famous for 3 things, an active volcano, hammocks and terrible roads. The going rate for hammocks is around $25 apiece in Masaya and they are absolutely beautiful as well as extraordinarily comfortable. I shot some video of the drive through Masaya. I call this clip the "pothole slalom" because you can see the entire line of traffic weaving back and forth dodging massive craters in the road.

After watching the video you can understand why it takes so long to get anywhere in Nicaragua. When I first arrived there I used to look at places on the map and think "well, it's only about 30 miles so it should only take about a half an hour." WRONG! On roads like these it can take an hour to go a few miles.

Hammock Shopping

Handmade Hammocks For $25

The Mercado In Masaya

Handmade Dolls

Where's Juniett?

Mercado In Masaya

The Porno Store

You Can Buy Weird Things Here

Mercado In Masaya
It was getting late so it was time to head back to Montelimar Beach. The drive back was pure torture from Jinotepe to Montelimar. You have to drive over a high mountain ridge before descending to the ocean. The combination of the heat and all the rain produced a fog like I've never seen before. I literally couldn't see 10 feet in front of me. It was so bad that I had to get out of the car a few times and walk to find the road again. Thankfully, we made it back to the hotel safe and sound but I would definately advise against driving through this area at night if you can at all avoid it because it's always foggy even during the day. After dinner we headed over to our personal casino to try our luck. The 3 nights that we went to the casino we were the only people in the place. We just played the slot machines but they have blackjack, roulette, and other table games as well. Personally, I'm not a fan of playing blackjack by myself so I passed on the table games.

Sandino's Home Town

Montelimar At Night

Montelimar Dinner Buffet

Montelimar Dinner Buffet

Look, A Penguin

Montelimar Dinner Buffet

Montelimar Casino

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