The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

Postcard from Nicaragua

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nicaragua mapThe Hound has been rather quiet these last few weeks…and with good reason as we recently took some time off to travel to Granada, Nicaragua.  On our continued journey to find the perfect spot for retirement, we had heard that Granada was a beautiful colonial city that offers everything we’re looking for; low cost of living, warm weather and an adventure to be had.  Never having been there before we were surprised and delighted with our visit.  Situated on the shore of Lake NIcaragua and sitting underneath the dormant Mombacho volcano, this beautiful town will be fondly remembered by me for the following reasons:

  • Lovely and wonderfully friendly people.
  • The incredible heat of the afternoon made bearable with an ice cold beer (or 2 or 3…heck they were only 1.50 each!) on the restaurant row of Calle La Calzada.
  • Going to the top of the Mombacho volcano to take a hike.  Only a 20 minute drive from the city, you might as well have been in another world in the cool climate on top of the volcano.
  • Learning to love a good cigar and being able to watch them being hand rolled.  I just wish we would have purchased more than just a few cigars to bring home with us.
  • For a perfumista, Nicaraguan Don Juan Cacao Liquor not only smells like the most exquisite of perfumes, but tastes even better and is the perfect accessory to a wonderful cigar.
  • Stripping naked to have myself slathered in chocolate for a body scrub and massage at the Choco Spa.
  • Going on a zip line for the first time in my life.  I proved to be braver than I had anticipated by going hands free and doing some special dives.
  • Taking a lovely horse-drawn carriage taxi ride through the town.  The carriages are a signature of the city.
  • Nicaraguan beef is like no other.  At home we eat beef approximately once a month.  I couldn’t resist eating it almost every night; it was just incredibly tender and flavorful.
  • A slower way of life is life worth living.

I am horrible about taking pictures on vacation, but I hope the following highlight the beauty of this wonderful place.

So is Granada our perfect retirement destination?  I’m not quite sure, but I would love to go back someday as it’s a very special place.  For more information on Granada, check out the Wikipedia page here.

And don’t worry…I’ll be back with a review later this week.  In the meantime, thanks for coming along for the ride!

The Scented Hound

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

25 thoughts on “Postcard from Nicaragua

  1. It looks like yall had a beautiful time in a beautiful country:) thank you for sharing!!!

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  2. You have some of the most interesting vacation destinations. I can’t see myself ever going to most of them though. Which one is in the lead so far for your retirement relocation?

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  3. If you retire to Nicaragua, can I come visit? 🙂

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  4. Oh good. You do the work and find the place. I’m considering early retirement but don’t have the time right now to do the schlepping around. It’s really weird to start redefining your goals for the future , isn’t it?

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  5. I love to travel so thanks for sharing.   

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  6. You guys look great

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  7. I’ve heard Bolivia’s great for expats.

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  8. I LOVE travelogues Steve. What an excellent destination and one I’d never even thought of. There are a few other things on the list but I would love to follow in your footsteps to Nicaragua, cool.
    Portia xx

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  9. Amazing photos of a place I had also never really thought of as a holiday destination – sounds like you had a blast though on so many fronts!

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  10. Wow Nicaragua! Like Vanessa above I’ve never thought of it as a holiday destination but it looks good and god I love a drink that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. I thought you’d gone quiet and that’s why. Hope it was a good break.

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  11. I love your trip posts, as I get to virtually travel with you, particularly to places that I have never thought of or been to. The photos were wonderful, but what impressed me the most was you zip-lining!!!! I’ve always wanted to do that, and you going hands-free….Bravo! I wish we’d seen some of those photos. heh. So, tell me, just what was it like to be completely naked and slathered with chocolate? 😀

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    • K – the pics of me zip lining are all ass up which is not the best angle I have to admit. All I can say about being slathered in chocolate is that it found it’s way to some rather interested nooks and crannies!

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  12. Thank you for a window into the place that I’ll probably never visit myself (I decided not to go to third world countries if I can help it). Nice pictures. And I’m glad you enjoyed your vacation.
    Still – good to have you back.

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    • Thanks U. When I told people at work that I was going to Nicaragua I received the oddest looks and the “be safe” comments. I think there are many places that most people don’t visit that are hidden gems. Granada was one of them.

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