NICARAGUA TO MEXICO: !Hola México!

NICARAGUA TO MEXICO: !Hola México!

Mostly photographs of my journey from San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua, to Progreso, Mexico. It struck me, after crossing the border, that Mexico might be a very bossy country: there are lots and lots of road signs telling drivers what to do, and not do, like “If you drink, don’t drive”, “Watch your speed”, etc.,read more

FROM NICARAGUA TO MEXICO: Goodbye Nicaragua

FROM NICARAGUA TO MEXICO: Goodbye Nicaragua

A collection of photographs too good to keep to myself.            

FROM NICARAGUA TO MEXICO: PART 2

FROM NICARAGUA TO MEXICO: PART 2

Logistics: First, I discovered that it would be too expensive to fly to Mexico with all the luggage that I had gradually brought down to Nicaragua (with the intention of staying for good), and did not feel comfortable merely postponing the problem by leaving much of my possessions in storage in Nicaragua. Flying would haveread more

FROM NICARAGUA TO MEXICO: Part 1

FROM NICARAGUA TO MEXICO: Part 1

I have been a lazy blogger. Perhaps I should say, more accurately, I have not been a blogger for close to a year. My last blog post reported on my early months in Nicaragua, after I moved to the beach town of San Juan Del Sur at the end of September, 2016. Now a yearread more

Retirement in San Juan Del Sur: Month 1

Retirement in San Juan Del Sur: Month 1

From Granada to San Juan Del Sur So, having moved myself to Nicaragua at the end of August in order to begin my retirement, I spent a month staying at a guest house in Granada, a town I already know fairly well from previous trips. I wanted to see if Granada felt right for meread more

Finally! I’m a Retired Expat!

Finally! I’m a Retired Expat!

The big leap from worker/home-owner to retired expat! The End of a Career and Life in the California Desert It’s been a looong haul, this past year, not even broken up by another trip to Nicaragua at the 6-month point, as I’ve been doing for the past three years. I thought I was making greatread more

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