Nicaragua: Perception vs Reality

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Planning to move to Nica -- questions on jobs, culture, transportation, mail etc

Hello --

Myself, my partner, and a friend are all thinking about moving down to Nicaragua and trying to start a small organic farm to support ourselves and working with some of the volunteer groups in the area. We're not planning to move down there for another couple of years, until we are somewhat fluent in Spanish, have learned more about the history and culture, have made a few trips down to Nicaragua, and have sold our land here in the U.S.

But I've got tons of questions -- hope you all don't mind being bombarded with them!

How do I know I am Living Like a Nica?

In the past I have posted a couple of short stories about my life here in Matagalpa. I have made claims that I live like a Nica, but how do I know I am not just fooling myself? I mean I could just be a delusional Gringo who has fooled himself into believing he lives like a Nica. So, how do I really know? I was pondering this question, much like one of those famous questions from Psychology or Philosophy class. Well the following few paragraphs are my answer.

Living in the city, suburbia or the country

Some people with little time in Nicaragua are probably wondering if city, suburbia and country living works the way it does where they live. I have lived in two big cities in the U.S. (Los Angeles and Seattle), a few small cities, some towns, in casi-suburbia in Costa Rica, two very different places in Estelí, Nicaragua and now off in the country about 15km from Estelí. I will try to compare them. The similarities may surprise you.

Do You Like Things Nicaraguan?

This was initially going to be a comment in but I then realized it is a lot more than what I wanted to ask mrsmorales. It is about anyone who wants to or is living in Nicaragua.

Let me start with the questions I was going to ask in that thread and a bit more.

Is Nicaragua a beautiful country? Does it have anything to offer?

Many people who have never visited here, think that Nicaragua is a dangerous, poverty stricken, dirty, wasteland with nothing to offer to the world. Take a look at this new Youtube, digital presentation series to decide for yourself.

Six Months of Living Like A Nica

FYI and his wife wrote a book called “Living Like A Nica”. Many of us here at NicaLiving.Com have bought, downloaded, printed and most importantly, read. This book was designed to give the average person interested in Nicaragua the ability to relate to life in Nicaragua. It was an invaluable resource to me, and I suspect others as well. With FYI’s permission, (I did not ask for permission, but I figure if he does not want to give me permission he can withdraw this content from the web site.) I would like to make an online addendum to their book. This addendum will be simple and I hope others will create their own as well. I want to express what I have encountered while living in Matagalpa for the past 6 months. I moved her permanently in December 2008 and I have had some interesting realizations since living here. I have categorized them into 2 different subjects: Surprises, and disappointments.

The future of NIc

Just curious if anyone was to project out lets say 5-10 years down the road what condition will Nicaragua be in for North Americans seeking a place to live?

When I first arrived in Nicaragua 4 years ago there was much enthusiasm for the future of North Americas retirement...many new land developments..the thougth of Nic being the new Costa Rica.

Since then we have had a great increase in criminal activity..several homicids of gringos ..many of these land developments have "NO Houses" develpoed at all! .I know Ortega got elected and spoked some investment,,he will come and go.

Transitioning to Nicaragua has turned into a "extranjero looking for work" discussion. I want to offer an example of how a friend is dealing with this. They are a couple in the process of moving here. I see them as a great example of how to do things right.

They came here with minimal Spanish. But, that hasn't stopped them. They both interact with locals to the best of their ability. She has been tutoring my niece in math and a friend's daughter in English. So, two kids learn stuff they need to learn and Sandra learns Spanish in the process.

Input appreciated! Moving to Nicaragua on 1 Jun!

Hello there!

On 1 Jun 2009, my boyfriend and I will be moving from the US to Nicaragua indefinitely. We have been doing our research, and thus far, have had a lot of our questions answered. We have a few more, and we'd love some advice, whatever you can contribute is greatly appreciated!


New Gringo Needing Old Advise..

After years of planning and patiently waiting for my long anticipated move to Nicaragua, the time is finally here... I'll be arriving around May 1st. I've followed this site for several years gathering an overall understanding of things but would like more updated information than some of the older posts provide.

Why did you move to Nicaragua?

Some suggestions of why people have moved to Nicaragua appeared in but in a not very useful way. That is, just a bit of finger-pointing. I think this is an important subject worthy of people telling their stories. If you are so inclined, add a comment to this post to tell us about your motivation.

U.S. Reality vs. Nicaragua Reality

A friend sent me this link to a fairly depressing blog entry. The story is by a nurse that lives in Michigan. It got me thinking about how Nicaragua looks.

While the story is worth reading completely (it is not long) here is but one piece to help you get the idea:

What kind of person moves to Nicaragua

What kind of person moves to Nicaragua? What was your motivation to move there? or If you plan to move there what is your motivation?

I understand that there are missionaries and people in the peace corps, but their motivation is clear by definition.

Edit I had to clean this up for the sake of Bobby. I intentionally used a grammar style that implies People as a demographic but that seemed to confuse him so I used a singular style for his sake. Still, my question is still there. He didn't bother to help on that, just a hit and run style of attack on the way I asked the question.

What are you glad you brought, wished you had brought, or could have left behind

July 28, 2007

Greetings all,

The probability of our moving to Nicaragua is getting closer to one. We will probably be living around Jinotega or Matagalpa.

So, as we start thinking about what to pack, I have questions for those who have moved to Nicaragua about stuff (relating to physical stuff, not attitudes):

(1) What did you bring with you that you are really glad you brought with you? And why?

(2) What do you wish you had brought with you? Why?

(3) What could you have left behind either:

(a) because you really didn't need it or

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