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Nicaragua, León, police, robbery, expat

What a couple of days I’ve had. I have been robbed twice. I felt like a jackass. I have never been robbed at home nor on any travel experience. It happened once in my hotel room and then the house I had recently purchased, was broken into. Luckily there wasn’t any damage done at the house except for the smashed padlock on the front door, the door was going to be replaced… Read More

Leon, Nicaragua, pizza, Antonino's, expat, travel

There are not too many things that really I miss from back home, not yet at least.  At first everything is new. I quickly got used to eating rice and beans and plantains and yucca almost daily. What I have come to miss is good Bourbon (Maker’s Mark), my favorite deodorant (Jãson), tempeh, and a damn good pizza. Every few weeks I get a craving for pizza, but ultimately find myself disappointed…. Read More

Birthday, Quinceanera, Leon, Nicaragua, expat

My First Quinceañera I watched as family was prepping for a birthday party this evening.  What I didn’t know was that tonight I would find myself in the midst of my first Quinceañera. A Quinceañera is a Hispanic tradition of celebrating a girl’s 15th birthday. It’s a rite of passage. A coming of age. After today, she is no longer considered a girl, but a young woman.

street vendors, leon, nicaragua, sidewalks

Street Vendors In León, street vendors sell everything from fresh fruit to used clothing to freshly cooked tortillas on the streets and sidewalks. When I first started coming to Nicaragua, I thought, “how convenient”. Even when I first moved to León, I enjoyed walking to the end of the block to buy fresh fruit. Last week I bought six luscious mangoes for C$20 (about $0.65). A dozen bananas run about the same…. Read More

Museum of the Revolution, Leon, Nicaragua, Ortega, FSNL, Sandino, Sandinista, museum, ruin porn

The Museum of the Revolution To truly understand a culture it is important to be versed in its history. Nicaragua has had a troubled and emotional past. I was old enough to remember watching the news coverage of the troubles in Nicaragua in the 1970s, but was too young to grasp the reality of what was happening. I also remember Oliver North and the Iran-Contra hearings as a teenager, but at that… Read More

Leon, Lion, Nicaragua

STOP YOUR DAMN WHINING! (I apologize, in advance, for the language I use in this post.) Note: This was an unexpected post. I was so pissed off the I felt that I needed to share a rant.

Beach, Las Penitas, Poneloya, Playa Roca, Leon, Nicaragua

Who Doesn’t Love a Good Beach? The next phase of construction has begun on the house that I purchased in León. The contract was signed, money was wired, and a set keys were handed over to the contractor. He now has possession and responsibility of the property. He told me that I could leave for four months, that he would take of everything. I don’t trust him that much, but I do… Read More

The Dividing Wall (of Hostility) Damn, how hard is it to build a wall? The first phase of my remodeling and construction project has begun…

What Do Front Doors Say About Someone? Front doors may not be a window into one’s soul, but they do reveal something about one’s spirit. Doors can be portals or gateways that give hints to one’s identity, wealth, character, and individuality.

Viva León, Jodido!, Nicaragua,travel.

Viva León, Jodido! I have received emails and comments regarding my signature/sign off on my posts. I have been signing off with Viva León Jodido!, a common expression in León. If you google the word Jodido, you get some naughty translations.  I have recently purchased a house in León and have embraced the slogan. Jodido is translated and is interpreted differently across Central and South America.