Friday, April 4, 2014

The Kolden Report: Taxi, anyone? April 4, 2014

     Hello, kids.

While in Granada we were fortunate enough to have local guides and translators.  A big thank you goes out to  Cousin Jay and Margina for their efforts ensuring our enjoyment of all Nicaragua has to offer!  The trip certainly wouldn't have been the same without them. 

In the tourist district of Granada, you'll find the town square and historic Catholic church, as well as vendors catering to the tourist trade.    Margina told me not to buy here, that the prices were inflated and to wait to buy souvenirs until we got to the Masaya Market. 

Familiar food.   (Hot dog anyone?)

High and dry.  (Margina explained that the fountains were drained due to people bathing and wading in them.)

Sight to see.  (I think the fountain would have been lovely when functioning.)

"This fountain was restored by the Bank of Central America, celebrating the  475th anniversary, dedicated December 8, 1999 of the foundation of Granada."    Cool!

Shady seat. 

Gone but not forgotten.  Luis Mena Vado was the President of Nicaragua from 27 to 30 August 1910, after the fall of the government of General José Santos Zelaya

Coming.  (Taxi, anyone?)

Going.  (Our driver had a new horse, the tour guide spoke English, was a college student with a sunny disposition.)

Nica advertising.  

Storefront advertising.  

Tourist wares.  (Before I was told "NO PICTURES"!)  Again, Margina said not to buy here.  "Too expensive."

Old town.  Love the narrow streets, bright colors and skinny sidewalks. 

Flower shop.  Nica's are not much into advertising.  A "little dab'll do ya'"!

This drop off service was well advertised though.    And in English.  Perhaps catering to the gringo population?

No matter how you approached the building, they had signage.    (Perhaps it was gringo owned?)

Modernization.  (This giant cummins generator was behind heavy steel bars.    I wasn't sure if it was a back up or if it was just stored there?  It was a reminder that parts of the world were light years ahead of this ancient city.)

Margina's  Coyote.  (In Nica, you do not go to a bank to exchange US funds for Nica Cordoba.  You find your favorite "Coyote" (pronounced cuy-oat-ay) on the street and he exchanges the money for you.  In fact, you don't even have to leave your vehicle.  The Coyote comes to your car window with a wad of bills and in moments, the deal is done.  $20 us gets you  425 cordoba and change.    The Coyote are government employees and this is all above board, even though it feels a bit like a B movie drug deal  your first time!

Right uptown. 

Love the huge wooden doors and wrought iron "screen doors."

Bikes, wagons and tiny cars. 


"If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney


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