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Sometimes you are really not in the mood for a tour. You just want to sit back, chat with friends, enjoy the bountiful scenery. But sometimes your tour guide doesn't really get it. And she dresses you up in traditional clothing. And she continues to talk even though no one is listening. And when you ask for a few minutes of silence she starts to whisper. And when you ask the boat driver to go faster she seems iffed. And then she starts to sing. For no reason but to pass the time...

Masaya is a nice day trip from Granada A local market. A craft market. A volcano. I ended up buying a little owl shaped whistle to go with a strange collection I've amassed of owls from around the world. Though I wanted a hammock, even though I already bought one in Thailand, even though I am pretty sure I will never have a place to hang a hammock. And we didn't climb the volcano. Though we looked at it. And it was beautiful...

Granada, Nicaragua, was a beautiful town. I could have probably stayed for a while: I had thought about making it a home for a couple of weeks and studying more Spanish. But I ended up spending only four nights there, and then hardly actually in the town, doing day trips just about every day. Some day, maybe, I will return and work more on my Spanish. Because the time I did spend there was wonderful. A mix of wandering the square, eating street food and "the best fish and chips in Central America, celebrating last nights, drinking cheap bottles of...