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La Colonia Supermarket

La Colonia Supermarket

As different as things can be here, sometimes they aren’t that different at all…and that can be a good thing. La Colonia is one of two major supermarkets in Nicaragua, the other being La Union. La Union is actually owned by Walmart, sad but true. There is a 3rd supermarket here called Pali, although I’m not sure the word “super” really applies to it. It is quite bare bones. Pali does have almost everything you need, but it is a no frills shopping experience…basically a concrete warehouse full of stuff. La Colonia and La Union are comparable to shopping at major supermarkets in the States. In fact, aside from being smaller, they are both exactly like HEB, the major grocery store chain in Texas. One major difference here than in the states is that carry out service is not an exception, but a rule. When you bring your cart into the checkout area you leave it there. Your items are then checked and bagged and put on another cart...

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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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