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.

The "haves" are here....

View http://www.internationalliving.com/eletters.cfm?eid=23535

This organization conducts "Forums" for wanna be Ex Pats in one of the finer Managua Hotels for $995 or so. Read the article, within an hour I can get a price on her "clay" and have all delivered within 3 days...These "ex pat" coaches are making a fortune,

Language Programs/Surfing

I am looking to come to Nicaragua for a month+ in March. I plan to do a month of immersion spanish and am looking for a school that is close to a surf break. San Juan del Sur seems a likely candidate, except that I haven't been getting the best reports on the surf there. I have checked out the places in Costa Rica, but am really not that interested in going back to CR again and would rather check out somewhere new. Anyone have any ideas on places that might fit the bill?

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.

Film: Los Amantes de San Fernando

Los Amantes de San Fernando, a documentary film tracing the lives of a Nicaraguan family in San Fernando, throughout 20 years of war and economic hardships. An intimate portrait of the lives of Ninoska and Tinoco, a young couple making a life together in the heart of Contra territory, Los Amantes de San Fernando captures the spirit of the struggle of every-day Nicaraguans and campesinos. As the following reviewer writes "a film about a seemingly trivial love story of two campesinos is able to condense the entire profound and painful transformation that Nicaragua has experienced over the last 10 years."

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.

Some questions regarding Nicaragua...

I was told that if I were to reside in Nicaragua I would have to pay $75/mo. since I am a U.S. Citizen... is this true? Where would I find a good link to learn all the legal info I would need to know to visit and later reside in Nicaragua? Is it possible to have residency status in both Nicaragua and USA??

Is there only one U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua...located in Managua?

What is a good site to peruse up-to-date rural, cheap properties for rent/sale? (I really like Rivas... and would like to live on a small farm near the coast)

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.

Nicaragua vs. Costa Rica

I wasn't sure this article was on topic but I have had so many people ask me for the comparision--that is, people who are considering a move--that I decided to go for it. This is opinion based on two years in Costa Rica and just a few weeks in Nicaragua. Feel free to point out where I am wacko.

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.

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.

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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