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Granada Gossip

The other day, while driving to work, the radio was playing only songs that included the word rain. I didn’t find it unusual since it has been raining since April and the word rain has been part of our daily vocabulary.  I did find it amazing that there are so many songs about rain or that use the word rain.  

Today, I am thinking about songs with the words “sun” or “sunshine” because I desperately miss our hot tropical weather.

Granada has slowed down a bit and there are fewer tourists on the streets.  Many of the local bars and restaurants are looking to the locals to keep them busy until high season starts up again.  

Kelly’s Bar has live music each week, so check in with them to see who they have coming up.  Zoom Bar, Granada’s oldest sports bar, has football and baseball games playing on their many TVs. So drop in and follow your favorite team.

O’Shea’s has Trivia Night each Wednesday, so grab four of your smart friends and go for the win. And don’t forget about Restaurant Imagine, as they also have live music every weekend.

I discovered a little shopping gem recently and if you have not been there, you should go.  It is the store operated by the police, but located at the fire department.  They have everything from wine to toasters to towels.  The merchandise varies each week so drop in often to see what they have available.  

Another shopping tip is Ole Boutique on Calle la Calzada.  Ole’s is a great place to find unique gifts made in Nicaragua, as well as some very stylish clothing.  Ole also has furniture, lamps, bed coverings and more.  

The best place I have found to buy hammocks is on Calle Xalteva at Centro Social Tio Antonio.  These hammocks are well made with soft cotton and come in several sizes and colors. Not only that, but the proceeds help with the education of children in need.

October is the month of Halloween, a day celebrated by many ex-pats.  The Calzada Art Center is having a fun Halloween event on Friday October 29, 6-8 p.m.  There will be special finger foods, drinks and you will have a howling good time. The cost is 150 córdobas ($7) per person, and if you wear a mask, you will receive a raffle ticket for a special prize.

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