We head out just before 8AM again and go straight to the “supply store”. I use that term loosely as the small, outside only retailer, has lumber and some basic construction tools. We are here to pick up some plywood to repair one of the doors to Pastor Jose’s house that has completely rotted out. After loading the materials onto the roof of the van we head to the paint store to pick up the epoxy for the floor.
Once on site the team quickly gets to work touching up paint, repairing the broken door, and removing and painting the other doors of the house. The first coat goes onto the repaired and swept concrete floor as soccer games break out in the road in front of the house. This day moves by more quickly as lunch arrives. We thank Mrs. Judy and Fran for their hard work in feeding our bellies and then get back to work putting final coats on the trim and a second coat on the floor. Also during this time a six-foot section of tin roofing is added to Pastor Jose’s front porch to repair an area that had been missing.
It will take the rest of the day for the floor to dry so the team decides to head to the market in Granada to experience shopping as as a Nicaraguan. The market consists of several city blocks of wall to wall stores, flea market style setting, and people. You can find pretty much anything you need here from electronics, to clothing, to food. The smell that comes from the meat area is unlike anything you can imagine. It is 90 degrees, 80% humidity, and they are gutting fish right there at their table. I don’t stay in this area very long. A small group of us have Francisco take us up to Central Park. As you would guess it is in the center of the city, has tree’s, and is bustling with activity. A few small souvenir purchases are made and we make our way back to the meeting spot to head back to our house.
The rest of the afternoon is spent showering and relaxing. For dinner we head to the Garden Cafe. It is downtown Grenada set in an old colonial style home. There is actually a beautiful garden located in the center of this open air restaurant and the food that accompanies the setting is a delight as well. With bellies full we make our way back to La Casa De Marsh and get ready for bed.