John and I have been in Granada, Nicaragua for the last four days, revelling in the warmth, (although sometimes before the daily rain shower it gets a bit too steamy for comfort), enjoying the vibrancy, and appreciating the colonial architecture. It’s the tourism off-season here and that means fewer crowds, less queues, plenty of choice when it comes to hotels, and cloudy days.
But yesterday the sun came out and the colours in this beautiful colonial city started to pop. Perfect conditions for taking in the views from church towers. Nicaragua is a predominantly Catholic country, there are a lot of churches. In Granada it seems as if there is always a Mass to attend somewhere.
One of the most interesting churches is Iglesias de Merced. It was built in the early 16th Century but was razed by pirates (they were a problem in these parts for a long time) only twenty years later and then rebuilt.
I braved the steep, narrow, spiral staircase up to the belfry. The reward for the sweat and the height were some incredible views,
and a chance meeting with three students from the College of Technology.
With our few words of Spanish, their better English, and the assistance of Google translate we bridged the communication gap.
They even took a selfie with us. It’s up on Twitter.
If you look carefully at the shot below you will see them smiling down on us.
Buena suerte to each of you for your studies and the future!
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