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How Facelifts Could Fuel Nicaragua’s Economy | Fronteras Desk


A while back, I was interviewed as part of a story on medical tourism in Nicaragua. It is a fairly good introduction to the subject.

Trustworthy answers to what is it like to drive in Managua, Nicaragua and thousands of other topics, provided by a diversified..

...a diversified group of experts.

So this post is about a new-to-me website that purports to offer "trustworthy answers to what it is like to drive in Managua..." amongst other topics that might be of interest. They have some good content; for example, a sort of decision tree that is pretty helpful to figure out where in Nicaragua you might want to live.

Anyway, here is my answer to a question about traffic in Managua:

Tiangue de Monimbó, a great place to eat traditional Nicaraguan food in Masaya


Anyone here eaten at el Tiangue in Masaya? It was re-done a couple of years ago and is a nice clean place to eat excellent fritanga with some specialties that most of the neighborhood places don't offer. Super tasty food at economical prices. I've started taking visitors there after touring the volcano and the artisan's market. Great place for a snack and introduction to Nicaraguan food.

Why Medicare Won’t Cover You Overseas – US News

I'll cut to the chase for you...If you need expat health insurance (my understanding is), you can buy overseas insurance in your home country (which probably is not cheap), you can enroll in one of the Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas discount clubs (which isn’t really an insurance), or, when you have residency in Nicaragua, you can buy local insurance. See my post for links.


Revisiting Nicaragua, This Time as a Tourist – NYTimes.com

Interesting article about a former “sandalista” who came down in the mid-1980s during the Contra War to see what Nicaragua was like in the present day.


Relocation to Nicaragua on a Shoestring Budget: Fact or Fiction?

Goals, Aspirations, and Dreams vs. Truth, Reality, and Fact

MY OPINION: First in a Series

The difference between aspiring to move to Nicaragua and the actuality of moving to Nicaragua.


Kinda like the title says...do people actually move to a place like Nicaragua and just make it work somehow without a lot of money to invest?

Directory of volunteer opportunities in Nicaragua


Originally posted in Nicaragua Dispatch.

I get a lot of questions about volunteering in Nicaragua, especially if one only has a day or even just a morning or afternoon to volunteer, I usually suggest that a donation of some sort is in order. Included in the blog post are some answers to the "What to bring?" question.

Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde

“Best Cities to Live in Nicaragua” A note on the process of discovering your best place in Nicaragua

Does a beachfront location beat out every other consideration? Think it through!


A sort of contest where you don't actually win anything except bragging rights, but click through and comment on where do you think using this example, folks would possibly find their "perfect Nicaragua"? (notice quote-unquote!)

Best Cities to Live in Nicaragua


First in a series if I get some positive feedback...this post sets the groundwork on some of the considerations to think of when trying to decide "where" once you've decided on "there" being Nicaragua...enjoy and comments most definitely welcome!

Mike @ Farmstay El Portón Verde

20 reasons to fall in love with Leon, Nicaragua | Voxxi


20 reasons to fall in love with Leon, Nicaragua | Voxxi

For your next vacation spot, we suggest visiting Nicaragua, one of the safest countries of Latin America. Specifically one of its two colonial cities, Leon.

Known as “La Ciudad Universitaria,” because it is home to the best universities in the country, Leon is a beautiful place due to its history, culture and lifestyle.

Take it from me. Leon, Nicaragua has been my home away from home since 1989. Here are 20 reasons to fall in love with Leon

Possibly the best $30 you will ever spend...VIP Lounge at MGA


For those who don't know, the Managua airport offers a VIP service. I recently had guests who are relocating to Nicaragua and they availed themselves of this service and they told me it was the best $30 they ever spent.

So checkout the post if interested. I think it works especially well for those with extra luggage, pets, or for folks who just want to get the really-really good "soft landing" service on their arrival to Managua.

Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde

Across Nicaragua with Transit and Machéte, by R. E. Peary (1856-1920)


I enjoy listening to audiobooks as I fall asleep at night, just something that relaxes me. Anyway, I decided to do a search on librivox.org on Nicaragua and came up with a really interesting presentation by a geographer from 1888, the first year that National Geographic Magazine started.

Lots of what the author said back then still holds true today. The blog post links to both etext and the audio files as you prefer. This is public domain content.

Nicaragua Top Travel Destination 2014 / The Nicaragua Report


Since 2013, the media has been listing Nicaragua as the new go-to tourist destination. Again, in 2014, some of the top travel and business publications websites are again shouting out Nicaragua as one of the top travel destinations.

Thousands of dollars in metal grove (the "trees of life" in Managua)


I recently posted a translation of an article from La Confidencial that set out to find the story on all the IMO ugly "trees of life" that are downtown on Avenida Bolivar and in all of the roundabouts. I had heard a rumor that they cost at least $20,000 USD EACH. This article verifies that figure and more...

Why The Affordable Care Act Makes Us Want To Stay Abroad | Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher


When it comes to health care, we quite honestly don’t know what to think.

Or rather, we don’t know what our health care strategy would be if we ever wanted to or had to go back to the U.S.

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