Category Archives: Retirement Research

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

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

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

What Did I Learn? Investigating Retirement as an Expat in Nicaragua

What Did I Learn? Investigating Retirement as an Expat in Nicaragua

First of all, I didn’t fall in love with Nicaragua. Doesn’t mean I won’t, though. What I realized was that I might have been asking the wrong questions of myself when I spent four weeks in Nicaragua. I had hoped to be seduced by the beauty, or by the fragrance of the place, or byread more

The Devil is in the Details: Shopping and Packing for Four Weeks in Nicaragua: Part II

The Devil is in the Details: Shopping and Packing for Four Weeks in Nicaragua: Part II

Aside from the items reviewed in a previous post: a new wheeled carry-on, a new purse and two kinds of wallets, discussed here, there were other products I purchased or brought from home that I found very helpful while I was in Nicaragua. For those contemplating travel for the first time in a while, mayberead more

An Afternoon at the Beach in San Juan Del Sur

An Afternoon at the Beach in San Juan Del Sur

On the Thursday afternoon of my week in San Juan Del Sur a group from my Spanish school went to the beach. Playa Remanso is down a dirt road through thick green terrain containing scattered homes—some of them little more than shacks. We passed the turn-off to a new development called “Congo Hills” to whichread more