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Mar 4, 2010 - Finishing off Granada

Well just two more days in Granada Nicaragua. NExt we head off to Isla De Ometeppe. A volcanic island formed by two volcanoes. Volcan Concepcion last had a small eruption in December. In the last two days besides gruelling spanish lessons, we had salsa lessons, took a lancha(boat) tour of the islas de Granada, swam off an island in lake Nicaragua and took a horse and carriage ride around the town. Finally found a great place to have coffee (real coffee, not hot milk and instant coffee)and a air conditioned internet cafe to boot. This...

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Mar 2, 2010 - Spanish School

Well Spanish classes are harder than i thought, learning all the grammar is hard plus the vocabulary, but will be worth it in the end to be able to understand the people or be able to reply back to them. It is extremely hot here today , but everyday is hot. We have our salsa dancing classes at 4pm today, well see how that goes. My cold shower this morning included a lizard , that was nice. the cold showers are great in the middle of the day , but early mornings are harsh. We did alot of walking around the town.We went to the cemetery, the...

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Mar 1, 2010 - Granada Spanish School

Hola to Calder School !!!! Thanks to everyone reading our blog. It is late and hot so we will give an update tomorrow. Today we started our Spanish lessons, boy what did we get our selves into. We were going into it thinking that we were going to learn how to ask how to catch the bus but instead we are getting grammer and vocabulary lessons. Kelby, Taylor, and Hunter visited a public elementary school as part of their lessons. The school is free to all kids but most kids can´t afford school supplies or clothes (or food for that matter)to...

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Feb 28, 2010 - Masaya Volcano

Hi! Granada is very nice!when we went to the Masaya Volcano it was really big.It was smoking.(witch it usaly doesnt smoke)So we went on a bus first we went to a Museum,then we took a van up the volcano to the crater.The crater is reallyu really really huge.then the guide gave us masks and we went up part of it to the croos on the top.it big! And very nice. So then we came back down to the crader.Then the guide took us on the van up part of the volcano.then he drooped us off.We walked all the way up the rest .so one group went pne way and...

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Feb 22, 2010 - Granada

Hi Folks, Andy is busy uploading photos so here is my paltry contribution. We have been travelling like mad since my last message and have a new tour leader – from Costa Rica. We left beautiful Antigua and headed off into Honduras. We stopped the night at Copan where you can see the carvings on the Mayan temples were better than any we had seen up to now, although the pyramids are smaller. They have moved the artifacts into really good museum and just put copies on the outside site. The temple in the museum is a replica of one found...

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Dec 13, 2009 - Nicaragua

Through Nicaragua we basically headed from North to South along the low flat Pacific coast. The heat was pretty intense and we could only imagine how unbearable the hot season would be here. Because the capital of Nicaragua was pretty sketchy, we quickly decided to head out to the tourist mecca of Granada and base ourselves out of there for a while. Granada was safe, friendly and well organized for tourists with many nice walking streets, cafes, restaurants and bars. We indulged in a massage and enjoyed some great (western) food. We visited...

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Jul 1, 2009 - Granada

1st July Travel day - bus, ferry, bus (with flies) and then onto a "chicken bus". Although there were no chickens on this bus we were entertained by two preachers one an old guy who got his maracas out and had a sing song the other was more your fire and brimstone sort. I felt as though I had sinned even though I didn´t understand a word he was saying. At the end however he came to everyone and shook their hand or patted them on the shoulder. We entered Granada in style on the back of truck (all crammed in like a bunch of slaves on the way...

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Jun 9, 2009 - Granada

We have now spent 3 days in Granada Nicaragua and have some observations to share. We had heard prior to coming here that it is very similar to Antigua, Guatemala. We have decided we are not totally sure why the comparison is made. Yes, both cities are approximately the same age, same size and same population. There is a definite similarity in the colours of some of the buildings. Both have churches called La Merced, which happen to be yellow. Both have city halls and churches around their park central. However, in our opinion that is where...

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Jun 7, 2009 - Horse Celebration, Granada, Nicaragua

So what a very exciting day it was. So many things happened to us for the very first time. When we arrived in Granada yesterday there were banners up about a celebration happening the next day. It was exciting after having missed Semana Santa in Antigua, and Cinco De Mayo. It was thrilling to think we would finally get to see a Central American Celebration. Early in the morning, Cory and Elaine went for a walk and saw many sights that perhaps would have been better to not have seen. For instance they walked down a street where there were...

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Apr 12, 2009 - Nicaragua

With too many doctors at the hospitalito, we took a mini vacation from our vacation and joined brother Elliot for a Nicaraguan adventure. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the hemisphere, second only to Haiti. With an annual income of about $980, 50% live below the poverty line. A civil war and corrupt politicians (Aleman was voted one of the world's 10 most corrupt politicians by the UN human rights sub comission. He sipohoned off $100 million from the government's coffers) didn't help. In 1998 Hurricaine Mitch killed 4,000 and...

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Mar 24, 2009 - Living Like Nicas in Granada

After a delightful two days in Santiago de Atitlan with Peter and Gillian, we all piled into a microbus and drove the three hours to Guatemala City for our flight to Managua, Nicaragua. Managua is a city of about 1.4 million people, but, like all the Central American capital cities (San Jose, San Salvador, Guatemala City); it is plagued by a very high rate of petty crime. In the same way we always avoided Guatemala City, we did not go into Managua (I think we only met one couple who had spent any time there). We were driven directly to...

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Mar 14, 2009 - Back to reality.

So I guess quite a lot has happened since I last wrote, but also a whole lot of nothing... First things first, we painted the school which was amazing. Emily and I rounded up a few volunteers from the hostels in San Juan Del Sur, and Joanna and Rob brought their workers from the house to help nas well. So there ended up being 47 of us there on the Saturday. We painted the school inside and out (5 small buildings), re-built the swings (they had frames but no swings on them), fixed the bathroom doors (uh huh, the bathroom doors didn´t even...

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