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Hospital, Emergency, León, Nicaragua, expat

I took a friend to the León’s Heodra Hospital emergency room last week. I received a frantic call from a friend who went to the market and suddenly began to feel very dizzy, nauseous, and achy. She was offered a chair, a cool drink, and a tortilla by one of the vendor’s. They both hoped that this would make her feel better. We didn’t realize that the situation was going to escalate. … Read More

Nicaragua, expat, Leon, hostel, guesthouse, new grass, fruit trees, limes, mandarins, mango

The Finishing Touches  The house in León, Nicaragua is done. For real, this time. YEA! The project was already a month over the promised four month deadline. They got a free week because we were building during the rainy season. We are just anxious and excited to be nearing the end of this phase of our project. We are eagerly awaiting the last of our furniture and cabinetry.  Carpenters have been working… Read More

House, home,Nicaragua, leon,

It’s Done!  The day has finally arrived, my new house if finally done. No more construction noise. No more mess. No more people working all day in my personal space. The remodel on the house I purchased in León, Nicaragua back in April, is complete.  

international move, moving,Miami, Nicaragua, cargo, customs, immigration

Who Likes Moving? I Sure Don’t Let’s face it, moving sucks. The amount of crap that you manage to accumulate can be astounding. The thing is is that you don’t realize it until you have to put it in a box. I would have never imagined that I was going to need 132 boxes from Uhaul plus bubble wrap and tape. That doesn’t include some of the larger items that we either… Read More

León, Nicaragua, hostel, hotel, house

I’m back! After an unexpected hiatus, I am back to resume my regular writing schedule. So many things have happened in the last two months. Man, how time flies.

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