Lively Granada

Granada rocks!  Had a great time wandering the town yesterday — the oldest city in existence in the “New World.”  The town is dominated by the central plaza, a shady square filled with mango and malinche trees.  Everyone hangs out there — vendors hawking plaintain chips, toys, sodas, leather jewelry; young lovers holding hands; families; old gringos on the prowl.  It´s noisy and colorful and incredibly lively!  Lining the central park are graceful old colonial buildings painted bright colors and boasting wrought-iron balconies.

The local beer {Toño} is tasty, cold and cheap.  The 18 year aged rum, Flor de Caña, is delightfully smooth.  The Nicaraguan coffee is strong and flavorful.  What more does one need?

Still getting our bearings with regard to giving out soccer balls.   There are tons of street kids {Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere, after Haiti…} and we found a store that sells soccer balls for $6, so it´s just a matter of finding the right time — perhaps this evening.

Peace & Blessings,