Views of Granada from the bell tower at Iglesia La Merced.
For such a beautiful looking town I have mixed feelings and don't feel that we took much away from our experience there. Besides wandering around the colonial style streets there wasn't really much here to see, however it can be a good base for a few day trips to surrounding areas like Lago de Apoyo and a few volcanoes in the area.
We also seemed to encounter a lot of unsavory looking characters who I have no doubt would have tried to rob us if the opportunity presented itself. Unfortunately I felt much more on alert here than in León.
As a budget traveller it's also definitely a drainer on your wallet unless you self-cater. We had an indication that it would be more expensive in Granada so thankfully we had a great kitchen in our Airbnb rental!
We stayed 4 nights and in hindsight this was probably too much. However we did have a very nice relaxation day and massage at Mansion de Chocolate, and a fantastic day trip to Paradiso Hostel followed by the Masaya volcano tour. .
At first glance this sunrise looks amazing. Perfect orange, beautiful and even has some boats in the water. What you don’t see is the smog that’s creating this look. It was so thick that day. At that time I didn’t think anything about it - I took a pretty photo and moved on. ✨
Fast forward a year and a half and I have changed my lifestyle to help keep this planet beautiful for as long as I can. I know my traveling increases my carbon footprint so to cut down I rarely eat red meat. I also never have sheets changed in a hotel, rarely have towels replaced, keep the trash for the duration of my stay so that they don’t keep replacing the plastic bags, minimize straw usage, recycle every possible thing I can - and I don’t litter.
Have you seen how dirty the beaches in Bali can get from trash? How about all the shit that’s being thrown in the ocean where our marine life lives? WE CAN DO BETTER! We will not be able to experience just how marvelous this world is if we keep destroying it. ✨
You may think you are only one person and that you don’t have an impact but I assure you, you do! Imagine if all the people Who thought the same way made some change big or small.. the outcome would be monumental. So let’s start with us and protect this world we have 💕
Do you have your favourite way to travel?
I love trains. Since I was a kid I had taken the train to see my relatives many times. Especially at night, look outside the window and listening to music, with the mind that wanders far away.
One day I wish I could take the Orient Express. It must be a fantastic experience 😃
In this photo you can see the train station in Budapest, Hungary.
Newsflash: it’s about to get a lot harder to choose which Parisian property to call home on your next trip. We can't wait for some of our favorite hotel brands to pop up on Parisian soil in the near future. The City of Lights will soon welcome properties from Cheval Blanc, Lutetia, and JK Place… and we can’t wait to scout them (but hey, we’ll take any opportunity to return to Paris!).