Granada, to us, was a stepping stone to other parts of Nicaragua. Although we enjoyed the city we felt claustrophobic in a sense. We are land locked in Alberta, so this should not have bothered us but in Granada the heat is stifling and your time is spent mainly in or around the two or three square blocks surrounding the town center. It is a city of extremes. You can be enjoying a nice cup of coffee or tea in the town center, surrounded by beautiful architecture one minute and then a five minute walk will take you to some of the poorest areas of the city where people are living in nothing more than one room tin shanty’s. However, what amazed us the most was how happy, generous and kind they all seem to be.