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

Looking Towards Retirement and Expat-dom: Making Meaning of a Life

Looking Towards Retirement and Expat-dom: Making Meaning of a Life

On my father’s side, I am the last of my line. Two aunts and an uncle left no children (or at least, none known to me). I’m an only child, born to a reluctant, unexpectedly pregnant 40-year-old mother and father. I have not been married, had no children, and now I’m pondering whether I willread 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

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