Title: I have too slow down... Location: Granada, Nicaragua
I have decided to take a day to just relax, read, and get some quite time to myself. What better place to do this than the solitary confinement of Laguna de Apoyo. This huge crater lake, is surrounded by slopes of tropical rain forest teaming with varies types of species. Laguna de Apoyo lies 40 minutes outside of town and no motor boats are allowed on its waters; making the atmosphere very quite and peaceful. I chose to stay at a new hostel by the name of Crater's Edge for my day of lounging. The location was very secluded and had free kayaks and snorkels for our use. There was a floating dock which the ladies sun bathed on; and I took me a nice long swim out into the lake. Later, I spent hours reading in a shaded hammock, and had my lunch brought out to me. Still feeling that I needed to go deeper into my relaxation; I decided to have a professional massage. This was great! It was done outside under a large tree overlooking the ..........snoooore......Oh I'm sorry; I must have dosed off. Where was I? Oh yeah the massage; It was just what I needed. There was no one around, a little peace and quite, and my body was as loose as a goose. The remainder of the afternoon consisted of swimming and lounging; swimming and lounging. Then it was back to Granada for another night at the Oasis. If I would have known that it was going to be that peaceful, I would have brought my stuff and stayed the night. Oh well, maybe next time.
The following day I had planned on heading to Isla de Ometepe; but the Oasis provides free internet, so I decided to stick around and catch up on some writing and e-mailing. My time spent in Granada has really been nothing more than a quick tour of the city and then a lot of lounging around in hammocks reading and enjoying my music. But hey, I have to slow down some or I am going to burn myself out. Oh yeah, I ran into ole Paulo while walking through the central park and he told me some good news. He had found some work in San Juan Del Sur (about three hours away) doing construction, and he was leaving the next day. He would be gone for 2 months and was going to use the money to get new clothing and an identification card. His mother was going to watch after his kid during the meantime, and he spent all the money I had given him on food to support them while he was away. Of course he would have to send more, but it was a good start. I gave him a little more money to help get him there and told him to stay strong, work hard for his son, and promise me he wouldn't give up. With a new confidence in his eyes, he shook my hand tightly and bid me farewell. Well, those are the highlights of my not so eventful but very relaxing time in Granada. Next, I am off to Isla de Ometepe the volcano islands of Nicaragua and taking some Spanish classes. Hopefully my Spanish will be perfected.