For those of you who are unaware, I left the US, LA on the 27th September and flew to Managua, Nicaragua via Houston, Texas. I was strongly advised against traveling to Mexico or Cuba for the time being until they fully recover from the earthquakes and hurricanes etc.
Cheapest flight on Expedia was too Nicaragua so hey why not. I spent my first two weeks with a Nicaraguan family (casa familiar) which I hastily left after a couple of weeks when I discovered I was sharing my room with the local fruit bats (not pleasant).
I’ve since moved into an apartamento very close to Parque Central, Granada. It comes with luxury items such as swimming pool, hot and cold running water, cable tv and a washing machine.
Granada is remarkably cheap compared to the US, typically a beer costs $1 with a meal costing between $2-3 dollars.
My first full week I spent at Casa Xaltave Escuela, having intensive one to one Spanish lessons with Gabriella. I obviously still have a long way to go but I’m more confident in speaking etc to staff in the restaurants and bars asking for the bill etc. I would highly recommend learning Spanish beforehand though. (there are slight variances from Spain, Spanish vs Nicaraguan, Spanish)
The Nicaraguan currency is the Córdobas. $1 = C$30 Córdaba. Restaurants, Bars, and shops etc accept both currencies or a mixture of both. The actual exchange rate is something like C$30.4 but everyone for ease uses C$30. ATM’s issue either currency and there are many street corner vendors who will change dollars to Córdoba at the above rate.
The pavements in Granada are extremely dangerous. Potholes are everywhere. I swear if you never hear from me again I will be stuck down a man size sewer somewhere in Granada. You have to constantly watch where you are going at all times. The pavements are not on the same level so many people resort to walking in the road which has it’s own hazard’s, as the locals seem to forget which side of the road they should be driving on. Having said this it all seems to work, I’ve yet to see a single incidence.
The Nicaraguan people though are so friendly and welcoming. It’s quite a contrast to the US. They are not glued to there phones, they talk to each other, are very proud of there country, and often ask you if you like there country, where are you from and how long you are staying etc. There are certain no-go areas, particularly at night which the locals will warn you against, always stay vigilant of your surroundings. Heed the warnings!!!
Mosquitos!!! Be prepared to be bitten, multiple times. I’ve had huge blisters from mosquito bites. The only effective repellent is ones containg DEET. Apply it thoroughly, if you miss an area they will find it. Allegedly, the more times a person has been bitten by mosquitoes, the more likely they’ll become desensitized over time. This I’ve yet to confirm !!! The best treatment after being bitten is Aloe Vera, it reduces the swelling and speeds up recovery.
Surprisingly the internet is very good here. I’m able to watch Netflix no problem. The only issue I’ve had is with uploading videos, hence the delay in uploading this one….