Category Archives: Retirement Research

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

Last Days in Nicaragua

Last Days in Nicaragua

Four weeks went by much too fast! I returned from my week in San Juan Del Sur regretting I had not planned a longer period there, despite the higher humidity and more frequent rainstorms. My final week in Granada was divided in two, as I had decided to give myself three days in an hotelread more

A Rather Different Sunday

A Rather Different Sunday

It wasn’t unusual to wake up on the weekend to the sound of drumming close by, but on this particular Sunday the drumming was joined by other, less usual sounds: the clip-clop of hooves, trucks driving by and a variety of vendors passing by the house. My Spanish language home-stay family lives next door toread more