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Feb 23, 2011 - Nicaragua & Costa Rica

NICARAGUA (Days 32 – 41) GRANADA We said our goodbyes to Chloe and Jason and hopped on the bus to Nicaragua, to Granada. We had decided to skip Honduras, mainly due to budget and time constraints, and considering that we weren’t going to scuba dive there, it made sense to (unfortunately) leave it out... We arrived in Managua at 5pm, having left San Salvador at 6am, but our journey wasn’t finished yet. After finding the right bus we were finally on our way to Granada. We arrived at around 8pm and made our way to Oasis Hostel for a well...

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Dec 22, 2010 - Granada

We reluctantly left El Castillo, catching the 6.00am boat back upstream to San Carlos where we headed to the bus station. Here we were immediately surrounded by hordes of people, all noisily trying to persuade us to get on their bus. It was a six hour journey to Juigalpa for an overnight stay then on to Granada via the shortest possible stop in Managua. From what little we saw Managua was big, crowded, dirty and noisy, so Granada was an absolute delight by comparison. Originally built by the Spanish in 1524 as an important trading town on...

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Oct 27, 2010 - Nicaragua

Going to keep this one brief as we have found an internet cafe. So we made our way to Granada where we found monkey style ziplining galore!! With our host Jose (this name features a lot it seems) aka Jackie Chan!!! We zoomed through 17 zip lines hanging upside down like monkeys/more like buddha for me, superman style where you get upclose and personal with your guide, AWESOME!!! Spent the afternoon enjoying the highlights of walking around Grenada which is an endless maze of markets, all selling the same thing, who knows what deal is best!...

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Oct 22, 2010 - If in doubt believe the 12 year old

Time for our first border crossing experience! Definitely an experience! Especially considering how fluent we both are in Spanish! Fortunately we met Jose who pretty much saved our lives - well atleast saved us a few hours! The key to border crossings is definitely grab yourself a spaniard - especially one who seems to have been taken under the wing of a local to get them through. So we weaved our way through the hectic border ´system´ of the Costa Rica/Nicaraguan border, continung to say no gracias as everyone tried to make us buy forms or...

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Oct 14, 2010 - Granada - Nicaragua

October 14, 2010 On the 12th I drove to a little dust town called ‘Las Penitas’ on the pacific coast for a day trip. I stopped at a bar/restaurant/hotel and had breakfast. I felt I had to by something cuz I had to leave my riding gear some where. I forget the name of the place but it was owned by an American couple. I walked up and down the beach then went back to the bar to get my gear. I met an older British guy and he gave me some tips on how to get across the Darien Gap. It was interesting. His stories I mean. Ha ha ha. I forgot my...

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Jul 25, 2010 - Granada

Our three days in Granada have passed quickly and we all seem to agree it´s been one of our favorite cities so far. Granada has a wonderful city center with lots of activity and beautiful colonial buildings and cathedrals around the town. We´ve made it our base to make day trips to other sights nearby like Maysaya, known for the artesian markets and Laguna de Apoyo where we spent an afternoon staying cool while swimming in a lake at the bottom of a crater - stunning views. The highlight of the last few days for the kids however has to be...

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Jul 25, 2010 - revueltas

I met a group of friendly artists and street performers in Granada. They are such an eclectic bunch—having come to Nicaragua from places around the globe to showcase their various talents. I often spend my days sitting with them, practicing Spanish and watching in amazement as they weave colorful threads into beautiful bracelets. At some point, Quentin usually shows up with his guitar and we all dance, sing and drum in celebration of our time together. In the afternoon, after the sun has disappeared behind the mountains, I wander through...

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central america

Jul 23, 2010 - granada

Imagine the steepest hill in San Francisco. Now, imagine walking up that hill on a hot summer day, continuously, for two and a half hours. This is exactly what Quentin, Julia, Christopher, and I did today during our ascent to the peak of Volcan Mombacho. At times, portions of the path grew so steep that my heels refused to touch the Earth beneath me. My claves remained cramped the duration of the climb and, more than once, I entertained the possibility of devolving into a quadruped, crawling on all fours to better propel myself toward the...

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Jun 29, 2010 - Granada

Granada fortunately was busier than Leon and the centre was much prettier. We had a look round the town and the plaza during the day and bumped into a guy we met in Mexico. We went out in the evening with a group of backpackers to an Irish bar, unfortunately still no Guinness for Fiona. We decided only to stay a night here, tomorrow we're heading to an island with active volcanoes in the middle of a massive lake.

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Apr 6, 2010 - Granada

Head here after unsuccessful attempt to recover Bon's camera in Managua. Arr about 10am & ck into Oasis Hostel dorm at $8 US ea...seems everything here is pricey, but free internet and tea all day! Have breakfast and proceed to use the free internet. A small pool invited me in for a short dip to escape the heat and humidity. It's a nice, open hostel which makes up for the crowded dorm situation somewhat. Finally get out late in the afternoon and walk to the 'Tourist Zone', a malecon of sorts...the beach is sand but very dirty (Lake...

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Apr 6, 2010 - This I Believe - Here's a Man I Can Trust

As heard on The Bob Edwards Show, April 2, 2010 In assessing his own beliefs, educator and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Wallace Stegner admits he finds nothing terribly inspirational. But he does value Christian virtues and discipline, and he hopes he can fulfill the responsibilities that come with being an American. Age Group: 30 - 50Themes: equality, faith & religion, integrity Share and Enjoy: "It is terribly difficult to say honestly, without posing or faking, what one truly and fundamentally believes. Reticence or an itch to make...

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Mar 5, 2010 - Goodbye Granada

The past week has been awesome it was hard to say goodbye to new freinds. These past few days we had were probly the best of all.relaxing, spanish school and saying yes to something you couldn´t understand which turns out to be food when your full.(this morning to be exact).the music up here is nice and peaceful but, sometimes the same as back home in Canada.yesterday we went swimming with Roger and he splashed us to death,the fun part was i sat on Rogers shoulders and tay sat on dads and we fought.after we went to the Masaya Market were...

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