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hiking, Nicaragua, Selva Negra, Masachapa

Recalibrating My Brain One of the most important things that I have found about living abroad is that I have to recalibrate the way my brain. Comparing prices that I am used to paying in the United States just doesn’t work for long. Whether it be restaurant pricing, drinks, groceries, labor, car insurance, rent, or whatever.  I had to stop thinking as a traveler or tourist.

hostal, cockroach, traveling, expat, bed, vermin, bed

Look What I Found in My Bed I woke this morning to a surprise in my bed. I am not one to get startled or annoyed at seeing vermin. When traveling, you encounter all sorts of unpleasantries. Mice, rats, snakes, bats, lizards, newts, salamanders, and cockroaches. I’m sure that I am not alone when I say “I don’t want them sleeping with me.”

The Legal Documents This part of my search was the most frustrating. The state of legal affairs with all the properties I was interested in, were a mess. Problems kept adding up. On two occasions, I thought about calling it quits for while. I thought perhaps it would be better to take a break and try again in a few months. But instead, I did some yoga, focused on my breathing, and had… Read More

kitchen, outdoor, Leon, Nicaragua, buy a house, real estate, doors

The Search I spent nearly four months looking for the right house in Nicaragua. Most of my time was spent searching in Léon. I settled on León because it reminded me of the university town that I called home for over twenty years.

Junk in the Garage

I never realized how much stuff I had until I decided to move to Nicaragua. I had moved before, but this was different. In the past, I just packed my stuff and loaded it into a truck and unloaded it across town. This was the perfect time to minimize, declutter, and dejunk my house and my life for the move abroad. Most of my things would be useless, or least very uncomfortable in… Read More

Welcome to Hey Chelito! I have made the  decision to move to Nicaragua. I have visited here several times and simply, fell in love with the country, the people,  and the culture. I am writing this from a modest home in Managua, staying with a family while I transition to my new home in León.