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

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

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

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

It’s my impression when reading travel blogs that the authors just pick up and go somewhere without much ado. I don’t think I know how to do that.  And of course, maybe that’s not really how it works for them—they just don’t write about it!  It’s been a habit of mine, over the years, toread 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

Land of Lakes and Volcanoes

Land of Lakes and Volcanoes

On Wednesday my Spanish school took us on a day-long outing. We had our Spanish lessons for two hours, took a break, then jumped into a mini-van—four students with our four teachers, and a driver. As the “old lady” of the group, I was offered the seat up front, which I later regretted accepting whenread more

Tropical Rain—It’s Not What You Think!

Tropical Rain—It’s Not What You Think!

An hour a day of rain, usually in the afternoon, and then everything goes back to tropical paradise weather, right? That’s what you’ve probably heard, or even experienced. Perhaps there are places where this is exactly how it works, but apparently Nicaragua isn’t one of them . . . see below. On Sunday morning Iread more