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

Confessions of a Lazy Would-be Expat: San Juan Del Sur

Confessions of a Lazy Would-be Expat: San Juan Del Sur

Traveling to San Juan Del Sur Although I was told it’s easy and very inexpensive to take two buses from Granada to here, I had luggage for a week’s stay and so I booked a shuttle ride from Granada for $12. I was picked up at the house and met three other passengers already inread more

Holes in the Head, cont’d: Medical Tourism – The Real Deal!

Holes in the Head, cont’d: Medical Tourism – The Real Deal!

So, today I had dental surgery. My dentists in Granada brought a surgeon from Managua to remove a broken tooth that had been under a bridge, and to place bone grafts. All three dentists were very attentive, the surgical site was thoroughly anesthetized, and I could tell that the work was being well done andread more

Holes in the Head and Islands in the Lake

Holes in the Head and Islands in the Lake

The day dawned bright and sunny. At the baseball stadium next door a band was practicing drumming, with the occasional addition of a trumpet. I kept confusing the drumming for thunder, since it was pretty humid and I wondered if it might rain sometime during the day. I headed out to my dentist’s appointment andread more

Expats Meeting Everywhere

Expats Meeting Everywhere

When Friday’s Spanish lesson was over I ate my packed lunch at the school and used its Wi-Fi to work on tweaking a rather hastily uploaded post (choosing between hauling an AC adaptor around and watching your netbook shut itself down in the middle of uploading a photograph is a no-win situation!) I took careread more

No Longer a Virgin, and Medical Tourism

No Longer a Virgin, and Medical Tourism

My fellow students at the Spanish language school had been reminding me that I had better get used to getting around Granada on my own, since they were both moving on soon and there would soon be no-one to speak excellent Spanish on my behalf! So today I walked to school on my own, afterread more

Spanish Lessons, Pregnant Bellies and Cafes in Granada

Spanish Lessons, Pregnant Bellies and Cafes in Granada

The plan for Monday had been to walk with my fellow-student in the home-stay the eight or ten blocks to the school while it was cool enough for me not to get too uncomfortable with the walk. As it turned out, it was raining pretty heavily when we had planned to leave, and we determinedread more