Making Nacatamales

Making Nacatamales

(Disclaimer: this is not a recipe or “how-to” post) On the last day of my week of Spanish school in San Juan Del Sur, around 4 in the afternoon, a small group of us walked about a kilometer to a house on the main road going out of town. A sign in a window announcedread more

Going to the Movies, Nica-style

Going to the Movies, Nica-style

Recently, a group of seven of us decided to go to Managua to see a movie. The only movie theater in Granada has been dark for more than a year, although there are rumors that it is being renovated. Several of my expat friends thought it would be fun to get out of town, haveread more

Tropical Rain in Nicaragua: 2015 Musings

This heat! This is the heat I remember from my first trip to Nicaragua two years ago. The kind of heat that knocks you on your ass and makes you want to hide or sleep till sunset! The kind that makes walking three blocks an exercise in moisture containment (bring a do-rag!) and the exhaustionread more

Turtles at La Flor Beach, Nicaragua

Turtles at La Flor Beach, Nicaragua

On the evening of July 29, 2015 a group of us drove for an hour with the husband of our Spanish school’s director to La Flor Wildlife Refuge—the area where the turtles return every year to lay their eggs. Before heading down to the beach, we were shown a baby turtle in a sack ofread more

San Juan Del Sur: Two Years On

San Juan Del Sur: Two Years On

It has been two years since I was last in San Juan Del Sur during my first trip to Nicaragua, investigating the country as my retirement home. This is my fifth trip to Nicaragua and I chose to return this time to the same Spanish school for a week (Spanish Ya), that I enjoyed soread more

Nicaragua: Medical Tourism and the Rainy Season That Isn’t

Nicaragua: Medical Tourism and the Rainy Season That Isn’t

It has been a challenging visit to Nicaragua this time. This time last year there was a relatively predictable rainy season, with rain falling every day or two, cooling things off and altering the barometric pressure. This time, in more than two weeks, there has only been one day of appreciable rainfall (and wouldn’t youread more

Looking Towards Retirement and Expat-dom: Making Meaning of a Life

Looking Towards Retirement and Expat-dom: Making Meaning of a Life

On my father’s side, I am the last of my line. Two aunts and an uncle left no children (or at least, none known to me). I’m an only child, born to a reluctant, unexpectedly pregnant 40-year-old mother and father. I have not been married, had no children, and now I’m pondering whether I willread more

The Ups and Downs of Living in Granada

The Ups and Downs of Living in Granada

Granada, Nicaragua is a walking town for many of those who live here. Granted there are plenty of bicycles (usually carrying several passengers of all ages, with not a helmet anywhere in sight). There are motorcycles and scooters, and cars, of course. There are also plenty of taxis for bringing one’s groceries home, riding to work,read more

Exciting and Sexy Stuff—Not!  Residency First Steps, and Medical Tourism, Continued

Exciting and Sexy Stuff—Not! Residency First Steps, and Medical Tourism, Continued

The continuing saga of my personal experience with medical tourism (see Holes in the Head here and here). Before I went to Nicaragua I put in a call to my dental insurers to find out if there was any possibility of some reimbursement for whatever work would be done there. I was assured that Iread more

Studying Spanish in Nicaragua

Studying Spanish in Nicaragua

It was a long, hot, and hazardous walk from the house to the Spanish language school that made the home-stay arrangements for me in Granada, Nicaragua. I had researched where to study online while back in California, and sent a deposit via Xoom. I was determined to combine my “sandals-on-the-ground” research-for-retirement trip to Nicaragua withread more