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After the long bus ride from San Juan Del Sur, we were looking forward to arriving in the big city of Granada. Our friends recommended that we stay at one of the nicer and certainly more popular hostel, Oasis. Our friends told us that it might even be the nicest hostel in all of Nicaragua, so after we got off the bus, we were excited to check it out. We walked down the busy street, passed the market and found a small sign on a telephone pole directing us down a small street to Hostel Oasis.
As we entered, we realized that the hostel was much larger than it looked from the outside. There was plenty of space for travelers to find their own private reading spot with various hammock strewn along the long hall. It was very cozy.
We walked around and noticed the wonderful amenities it offered such as complimentary tea, coffee, sweet breads and a nice little pool in the back.
The selling point for Quinn and I, besides the sweet breads and coffee, was the hallway of computers for visitors to use the free wifi high speed internet.
Beds were $10 a night per person or $32 for us to all share a room with two beds. The dorms were booked, so the three of us decided to stay in one of the private rooms with a shared bathroom.
After putting our valuables in the locker we decided to look around Granada to decide if this is the city that we wanted to move to. Quinn and I had been here before and always admired the beautiful antique churches but also questioned if the city was a bit too touristy for our taste.
We wanted to live in a city where we would be forced to speak Spanish and find locals who made a living off of hand making products. As we walked around Granada we heard a lot of English being spoken by people who were clearly not locals. We also realized that there were only a few small locations where we could purchase handmade goods and they were all being sold at an increased tourist price.
We heard that the best spot to check out was Masaya as it fit our criteria perfectly. So after a couple liters of beer, we headed to bed with the intentions of leaving the city in the morning.