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Border run, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Leon, chocolate, San Jose

My First Border Run My visa was due to expire this week. I had tried to get my visa extended a few different ways here in Nicaragua, nothing worked. In the end, I was forced to make my first border run.

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

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.

Ruben Dario, museum, Leon, Nicaragua, poetry

So, Who Is Rubén Darío? The Man. The Myth. The Legend. So, who is Rubén Darío? The easy answer is that he was the father of the modernism movement. But that is too simplistic, terse, and won’t satisfy most of you. The man and his name carry the heavy burden of legendary status in the Spanish speaking world, especially in Nicaragua, and more so in León. Rubén Darío was the quintessential voice… Read More

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.

Mother’s Day in Nicaragua Today, Tuesday, May 30,  is Mother’s Day in Nicaragua. I am shocked at just how big the celebrations are here. The country is abuzz with festivals and parties. In Nicaragua, Mother’s Day is more a series of events rather than just one day, the month of  May is Mother’s Month. Nicaraguan’s put a huge emphasis on the nuclear family. It is the most important social bond.  Mother’s Day,… Read More

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.