Ever since the time that our family first started to think of moving to Nicaragua some three years ago, I have been a perpetual lurker (if this is the right term) of nicaliving.com. I have been positively impressed by its content and the erudition of the contributors. Nicaliving has helped us a lot in getting a more solid grasp on a number of practical issues on the jump that I and my family were contemplating.
To add a little more background - my wife is a Nicaraguan/UK citizen and we have a 16 year old daughter. I am now retired and we are presently living in Diria, Granada. We have a delightful bar/restaurant on the crater rim of the Mirador de La Laguna de Apoyo. We moved here permanently only a month ago after having lived in the UK for 18 years and after having visited Diria many times. Our bar/restaurant is only a very modest business that helps to support us and my wife's family, who all live in the same village. My wife has gone back to teach part-time at UCA where she worked before coming to the UK on a World Bank project. Our daughter is studying on the IB programme at Notre Dame in Managua. My plan is to teach at the local secondary school as well as to work in the bar/restaurant.
In sum, I think we followed as much advice as possible, much of which came from NL contributors.
To get to the point of this posting - having got here and not being one of the seasoned contributors to NL, I feel that there is something of a vacuum that might be usefully filled for newcomers. I would emphasise that what I write in no way takes anything away from the present NL content. But I think there could be a forum that enables newcomers to participate without feeling that they have little or nothing to say in the face of all the accumulated wisdom and knowledge. I can well appreciate that some might think that the site has such resource but when you go to the recent posts page, which is the one that you are most likely to be drawn, there is not such an immediate link. Or am I being unfair?
I think it has to be remarked that there is a limited number of contributors who post often and that their postings give good insights and often a very interesting debate. But contact and help for recent long and short term arrivals must also have a valid role to play.
Is there a case? Reactions?
Please come and see us at the Embrujo de Bokete. Mirador del Diria. Or e-mail.
ps I want to start a cricket team and already have a UK club interested in coming