Time is getting short for me. I will arrive in Managua on August 20th for a few weeks visit. I have arranged to meet with Paul Tiffer to find out the "ley of the land" and then will travel around. I expect to be in Leon on the 21st until the 24th when I will travel up to Estelí for two weeks of Spanish at CENAC. I plan to visit Granada on the weekend between Spanish classes. This trip will be the physical start of a 4 year plan. I will be arriving in Nicaragua on January 5th with 2 suitcases and a lot of enthusiasm for my move. My last day of work is December 28th. Estelí is my choice of places to live, at least to start. My goal is to fit into the Nicaraguan community and enjoy what Nicaragua has to offer. I look forward to meeting the people whose posts I have been reading for the last several years. On a sadder note, I recently spoke with someone by phone in Nicaragua. After Spanish in elementary school, 4 years in high school and 2 years at the U' of Oregon it was a disaster. I will work on my language skills. All that is on offer at present is a little comic relief. I want to be able to read and understand a book written in Spanish as well as tell a joke and have people laugh. The last part could be problematic but usually my jokes are not only funny but ones you could tell your mother.