Category Archives: Pre-retirement Preparation

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

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

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