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Is Moving to NIcaragua a Step Backward?

This post is inspired by Jason's concerns about his wife's reaction to the idea of moving to Nicaragua. There are certainly pluses and minuses. I want to explain why this move makes sense for me.

First, my goals for living on this planet may be out of line with a lot of people. I work because I want to.

Volunteer projects

Quite a few of us seem to be involved in volunteer or not-for-profit projects. I was asked to add the Casa Ben Linder information to the event calendar and there are quite a few people posting about not-for-profit activities.

A Trip to the Dentist

While this experience was in Costa Rica, it is different enough from a U.S. experience to be useful. I am also guessing it will be pretty close to the experience in Nicaragua except the prices will be lower in Nicaragua.

Nicas in Ticolandia

There are a lot of Nicaraguans in Costa Rica. After talking to people (including some Nicaraguans) about this, I would like to share this information. It will help you understand the Nicaragua/Costa Rica dynamic.

Native Guides...So go native!

STEP INSIDE CENTRAL AMERICA... LIKE NEVER BEFORE! Experienced Native Guides in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Come to Masaya!

Come to Masaya in Nicaragua and come be with friends! Masaya is known as the center of Nicaraguan Arts and Crafts, the most popular of the markets is the Mercado Viejo located right in the center of town. Nearby Masaya are located is the Masaya Vocano National Park which has walking trails and a visitor center, combine your visit to the park with a tour of El Coyotepe, a fort built in the 1890's amd later a Somozan Prison. The old fort offers an incredible view of the volcanoes, lagoons and lakes of this region.

Volunteering in Granada

They tried to scare me with phrases such as: dysentery, scorpions, earthquakes, and guerrilla warfare. When I did not heed their pleas, they switched tactics. "You are a teacher. Go to Cancun with us this summer. Relax and have some fun," they begged. Their discouraging advice continuously clanked through my head like a slot machine birthing a jackpot. But, I intuitively knew that I would not experience their kind of Nicaragua. My bags were filled with optimism, a fearless energy, and 500 pounds of school supplies for an impoverished pueblo on the outskirts of Granada.

Thinking Locally

I have rambled a little about this before but I would like to get a little more specific. The Executive Summary is that if you think local and act local you will have a better experience.

What's The Weather Like

A recent post on the Nicaragua Living mailing list mentioned the weather. That is, that it seemed like it was too hot in Nicaragua. This post is about that issue. Generic but, hopefully, useful.

Moving to Ometepe Island

My husband and I woke up at 3 o'clock this morning and simultaneously made the decision to move to Nicaragua in June. I've been increasingly aware of coincidences that have occurred in leading us to Nica and we had been wrestling with the idea of moving for some time now. I think we reached the decision to move by just letting it go. Struggling with the pros and cons got to be too stressful. Sometimes you just gotta give up control and let yourself be pinned to the mat. I feel relieved that the decision has been made. The opportunities for a new life in Nica were knocking at the door and we've been given the key.

Opportunity in Nicalandia

I came to Nicalandia about six years ago disallusioned with Costa Rica where I resided for a couple of years.After numerous disasters in C.R. I arrived here to live almost peniless.Soon things we take for granted were not only not here but the locals had no concept.What opportunity.Having lived in Mexico in the seventies for about seven years there were no illusions of life in Latin America.

Can't wait to get back...

While standing in the lengthy customs line upon arrival in Managua last June I noticed a group of young Americans had deplaned from the Continental flight just after our American Airlines flight arrived. I discovered that they were a college Spanish class from an Iowa community college on a field trip to Nicaragua. A light bulb went off over my head. I'm a college instructor (though in matters Justicia Criminal, not Spanish). I ought to be able to figure a way to get some of my college students to Nicaragua in the future.

Since that magic moment of brilliance I have been working to make the idea of a service learning college trip to Nica a reality.

I'll keep the blog posted on my efforts and whatever success they may bring on behalf of my students.

Introducing myself

While I was in the shower (I do my best thinking in the shower) I realized that if we are a community then we should know a little about each other. So, here goes. Hopefully this will encourage everyone else to create their first Blog entry.

I am a baby-boomer that grew up in Los Angeles, California. I played with electronics as a kid and got my ham license in 1960. Technical stuff has always interested me and after graduating from college I went to work in the computer industry. I have done programming, systems analysis, designed hardware and just about everything else. In 1983 I started a company that specializes in technical documentation and training on UNIX systems. That grew into a company that publishes the magazine Linux Journal.

Dance 10 . . . Looks 3

I'm thrilled that there's another Nica site. This looks like it will be fun. A definate 10. The name has me a bit peeved. You only get a 3. I'd give you a 0 but because you thought enough (or not) to use my group name for this web site I have to give you some credit for appreciating a great title. Best of luck. I'll add what I can!

About this site

First, let me promise that my future blog entries will be about Nicaragua, not about geek/computer stuff. But, I needed to talk a little about what we are doing and I decided a blog entry was the most appropriate.

Notice that I said we. The geek side of me is just here to facilitate this place on the web. The only way it will work is if we all start contributing. This system, called Drupal, has some amazing capabilities that can help us all get information organized and available to others.

Before we get too far, if you are confused, click on FAQ in the upper right. That is where the site documentation lives. More is on the way.

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