A colourful colonial city, a lagoon, a baseball game and markets
02.12.2011 - 04.12.2011 30 °C
After we arrived in Granada around noon, we went to explore the city centre first. It is a nice colonial city with a lot of pretty buildings and very busy streets, especially in the market area near the hostel. The hostel was really nice too and it had a great pool that you could actually swim in (as opposed to most hostel pools which are just about deep enough to get wet when sitting).
Since we were in Granada on a weekend, we tried to find a good place to party at night, but this seemed impossible. Even the locals did not seem to know where it is best to go, they all told us something completely different. So no party for us that weekend....
The next day we took a shuttle to Laguna de Apoya, a crater lake not far from the city. We spent a quiet day there at the lakeside, lying in the sun and swimming in the lagoon - at least as far as a raft which was anchored in the water on which we could then lie in the sun again.
When we got back we went to the main square where we tried some local foods, vigorón and nacatamal, both were very tasty.
On Sunday, we went to watch a baseball game in Granada. Baseball is very popular in Nicaragua, so we wanted to see how the locals pass their Sundays. It was not too busy in the stadium and we did not quite understand what was going on in the game, but it was an interesting experience. There were traditional foods sold as snacks and one of the player did some interested dance performances to keep us entertained.
In the afternoon, we got a local bus to Masaya, one of the main artisan centres of the country. We visited both the old (very busy, smelly and chaotic) and new markets and then had a walk around the city centre, where some dance festival was on and we saw children performing traditional dances.