Anyway, we stuck it out in bed until 6:30am but then got up and started our usual morning routine of exercises, catching up with friends and Facebook, reading the news on line, and having my morning coffee. I must say, having my first cup of good brewed coffee was wonderful !
It was now time to go explore! We found the main plaza and the main entertainment street of Calzado only 2 blocks away. We walked down one side and up the other. Found where we could book our shuttle to our next location very inexpensively and where we could get a 90 minute massage for $25 each! Actually, $15/hour for a massage is fairly common here. That's great as long as it's a decent massage!
We then walked up to the main plaza and enjoyed the sights and sounds of all that was going on before heading to the bank, then down to the Mercado for vegetables. This Mercado was unlike any of the others we've been to. This must be the way they all were many years ago. A veritable maze of small little open air shops all crushed together to create an eerie, way too tight, suffocating feeling! It was very disorienting and claustrophobic for me! But we had some success in getting things we were still looking for at decent prices.
Back home to cool off under our ceiling fans, as we have no air conditioning, working on the blog, and cooking dinner before trying to get a better night's sleep. Ha, NOT!
Thursday was spent at home until Maria came, as Mike had a touch of tummy something. Not all that unusual when you travel the way we do changing locations this often. It was also interesting because it's the first time we've had a cleaning lady included in our rent. Maria will be coming 3 times a week! With an open air home you get a whole lot more dust and stuff swirled around inside and with all tile floors, keeping those mopped, is a full time job!
So off we went to get massages at Coco Berry, the spa that we found on Calzado the day before where you could get a 90 min. massage for $25. No problem to be a walk in at this time of year. Mike and I were given the husband/wife treatment in the same room. Mike loved his massage but mine wasn't relaxing at all and I wouldn't go back.
But, Friday evening is the expat get together at the Grill House, and I was NOT going to miss it. I was also finally going to be able to meet Steve and Marti Owen, Facebook friends that I've been in touch with for quite sometime. It was a fun get together and we met some great people. We were then invited to dinner and ate at a Mediterranean place, el Camello, the Camel. Good food, good times!
We spent the rest of Saturday trying to rest and I worked on the blog. It did turn out to be a productive day after all since I had much to catch up on.
Sunday we actually woke after having a fairly good night's rest. Amazing! So with extra spunk, I worked some more on the blog and decided to take the plunge and "upgrade" from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. That turned out to be a disaster with my computer loosing much of its functionality. Arggggg!!!! So I spent the rest of Sunday trying to fix it while Mike went up to Margarita's to watch Sunday football with several expats. He had a much better day than me!! LOL
I continued to spend most of Monday trying to fix the computer but still couldn't get my Outlook email or IE 11 to work no matter what I did. Oh, and the "upgrade" had wiped out all of my Restore points to I couldn't even undo what I did!! A truly frustrating day!! At least I had my iPad and iPhone to fall back on.
The silver lining in all of this was that I was forced to learn new tricks on my iPad and I learned a whole lot about Windows 8 that I didn't know and, once I could get it fixed, I was going to like better than using the desktop version. Mike also learned how to connect with his Nikon to the wifi on our iPads so we could download all of the pictures I needed to do the blog on the iPad. So see, it really wasn't a total waste of time. But, it was truly learning the hard way!!
By Tuesday afternoon, I was so totally over trying to fix it myself so I reached out via my Expat Group in Facebook and found a couple of names to contact for help. Once I knew where I was going to take it, we decided it was time to really take a break. So off to the pool at Granada Hotel & Spa!!
This is a different hotel with a spa that allows you to use the pool on a daily basis for only $5/ea and if you get a spa treatment of $10 or more, the pool price is waived. Unfortunately, when we got there the spa was fully booked for their $10 facial so we just paid for the pool. What a great way to spend a leisurely relaxing afternoon in the sun!! There's an inexpensive restaurant & bar on the premises so I ordered a $2.75 Bloody Mary the moment we got there!! Our whole tab for the day with 2 drinks each and lunch was $17!! Oh, and the pool is delightful along with the resident ducks. LOL We later found out that the hotel was previously the home of one the Nicaraguan Presidents.
It was a great day and we certainly will be back!! A nice option to have when you don't have your own pool or beach to go to.
Our journey continues to unfold so stay tuned ....