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We Moved to Matagalpa

We Moved to Matagalpa

Well, I’m not exactly sure what to do about this blog. When we visited Matagalpa a couple of weeks ago we actually put down a deposit on a rental and this past week moved to Matagalpa. I’m no longer a Gringo in Granada! Obviously I will keep writing for this blog, but my dilemma is that I’m not sure what to call it. “Gringo in Matagalpa” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as “Gringo in Granada” although I guess it’s not too bad. But who knows if we’ll stay in Matagalpa. We certainly didn’t expect to leave Granada so soon. Within six months I might be a Gringo in Léon or Esteli, although I doubt it. I think we’ve decided to hunker  down here for a while, especially since Levi will be starting school here and since Matagalpa is such a nice place so far. I’m leaning toward a name that is more general in nature. Something about Nicaragua, not a specific town. Still, “Gringo in Nicaragua”...

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Hotel Hopping in Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Hotel Hopping in Matagalpa, Nicaragua

We arrived at Hotel El Castillo in Matagalpa Tuesday evening. The hotel is a quaint structure built up the side of a mountain foothill. The footprint is small, but rises three stories. Up the first flight of outdoor stairs is a roomy patio and the front door of the hotel. Once inside there is another flight of stairs to a lounge and the hotel rooms. Another passage lead to another large part of the building currently being worked on. I presume they are expanding and building rooms. Which is a good idea because our room was very small. We barely tolerated one night there. We requested a room with two beds and it was pretty obvious that they had moved a twin bed into this room which already contained a queen size bed taking most of the space. We had barely any space to move around. And only beds. No chairs. Or table. Not that there would have been any room for such things, anyway. The bathroom was great,...

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Weather in Granada, Nicaragua

Weather in Granada, Nicaragua

  One complaint I hear a lot from people visiting Granada is that it is so damn hot here. Obviously these people are not from Texas. The highs typically top out around the low to mid 90s (Fahrenheit), which is about 10 degrees cooler than how hot it gets in Texas, which is regularly over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The predicted high for today is only 89. The heat is enhanced a bit in the city, of course, but in the mountains it gets downright cool, especially in the evenings. When we moved here I left all of my sweaters and flannel shirts in Texas. I certainly don’t need them here in Granada, but friends of ours who live outside the city say they are definitely nice to have in the cool, jungle evenings. The two factors that take some getting used to, even for a naturally hot blooded Texan, are: 1) The heat doesn’t end. There is no fall or winter. The highs might drop from 96 to 89,...

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We’ve Moved Three Times in Three Months

We’ve Moved Three Times in Three Months

We’ve been here just short of three months and we’ve already moved three times. Luckily every place we’ve moved into has been furnished, so it’s not like it was a huge nightmare at any point. The first place we lived in was the little vacation rental at The Garden Cafe. Our original plan was to come to Granada for a week to see if we like it. Then head back to our home in Texas and mull over the idea before making a final decision on whether to move. Well, the way things turned out – which I’ll write about in more detail later – the option to just go to Granada and not come back became the best option. That sounds sketchy, but don’t worry…we aren’t international fugitives or anything…it was more of a timing issue. Anyway, the point is The Garden Cafe was never supposed to be long term, but this places was: That is Casa Granadina, and it was huge. Three bedrooms each with their own...

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