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Granada Gossip

Everything is green again with the return of the rainy season and somewhat cooler temperatures.

June has been a quiet month for tourism in Granada, although the city continues to make progress under the mayor and his staff.

Amigos de la Policía continued working on projects to bring the Granada community and the police closer together.

Last week law enforcement professionals of the police department of Fairfield, Connecticut and training professionals from León arrived to give several days of leadership training to the department heads of the Granada Police (see story, page N2).

We appreciate the efforts to help improve the quality of our police. In July, English classes will begin for selected members of the Granada police force.

Please consider joining the Amigos de la Policía to help continue these programs. If interested, contact Darrell Bushnell

The Ministry of Tourism invited architectural students from Texas Tech University to come to Granada to prepare ideas and plans to improve tourism in Granada. A group of graduate and undergraduate students with their two professors arrived and immediately met with citizens and expats to discuss possibilities.

A first draft was presented that showed proposals to develop the area around the lake where Calle Calzada meets the ferry building and pier. The ideas and sketches include improving the sports areas, adding restaurants, a hotel, cultural centers and providing a harbor area for boats. We look forward to their refreshing ideas. This is the second architectural project tackled by this group for Granada.

Tours of Granada colonial homes will begin June 22 with all proceeds going to the children of Nicaragua. These walking tours will depart every Tuesday at 10 a.m. from Olé Boutique on Calle Calzada, one block east of Parque Central. You will learn about the history and the Spanish colonial architecture while viewing the city’s private homes. For more information contact Carol Rea 8865-1265.

A little more culture came to Granada last week. Janet Lee, an accomplished cellist who has toured with various groups and symphonies, provided beautiful background music to the latest wine tasting at the Centro de Arte on Calle Calzada. Everyone enjoyed beautiful music, great wines, fabulous art and delicious appetizers. To be notified of the next event, send an email to

English lessons are now being offered by the San Pablo school at very reasonable prices. Classes meet daily weekdays at 6:00 and 7:00 PM with classes for novices and more advanced English speakers.

This is a good opportunity for Spanish speakers to learn English. The price is $10 per month. For more information contact the English Academy Director Juan Miguel Correa Sandino at

A new website has been launched for expats and was created for people living in Nicaragua, those thinking about moving to Nicaragua, visitors or anyone wanting to know more about the real Nicaragua.

You will find tips on how to become a resident, costs of living, health care considerations, community activities and much more.

–Darrell Bushnell

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