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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.

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.

Leon, Nicaragua, Church, Cathedral,UNESCO,Baroque, Neo-classical, design, Ruben Dario

The León Cathedral personifies its community. Officially know as Insigne y Real Basílica Catedral de la Asunción de la Bienaventurada Virgen María, it was granted World Heritage Status by UNESCO in 2011. The construction on Central America’s largest cathedral began in 1746 and was completed in 1814. It was finally consecrated many years later in 1860. Designed by Diego José de Porres Esquivel, it may be one of the most iconic images… Read More

Moving, International Move

Prepping for the Move I am still in the excited stage of moving abroad. I am now just waiting for the final paperwork on the house to get certified. Once complete, I will sign the contract with the construction engineer.

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

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.