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How our views on consumerism have changed

This is Elise.  Mike and I have often asked ourselves if we could just live a simpler lifestyle in the US instead of living in Nicaragua.  Yes, we could live have lived a more reduced lifestyle in the US but here it is much easier to live simply.  We...
Hot market, cold feet

Hot market, cold feet

We put an offer down on a commercial property and are currently under contract. Sometimes it felt as if I was at a bidding war, and reminded me of a time, not too long ago, when all common sense was lost in the real estate market. I was apprehensive at times, and...
Nicaragua

Nicaragua

  Nach unserer Blitz-Durchreise von Honduras, die uns ganze 3 Stunden, inklusive Fussballgucken in einer Tankstelle, gekostet hatte, haben wir für Nicaragua nun knappe 3 Wochen Zeit. Auch nicht unbedingt super viel, aber ausreichend fürs Erste.   Somoto...
Granada: Our one year anniversary

Granada: Our one year anniversary

April 15th marks our one year anniversary of living in Granada. Anniversaries, for me, punctuate how impermanent life and our experiences are. In my old life I would say, “Wow another year went by.” or “It seems just like yesterday…” Back...
Looking for rental property in the U.S.

Looking for rental property in the U.S.

We are way behind on the blog entries because I have been in the Florida the last couple of weeks looking for investment properties. We are expanding our financial horizons to possibly include rental income from either Indiana or Florida. It has been interesting...
300 rings

300 rings

My daughter and I went to a local lumberyard to buy some fence posts for an animal enclosure in our backyard. True to Nicaraguan norms, you go right to the source. Want to buy sausage? Go to the butcher. Want to buy milk? Go to the farm. You get the picture. Just as...
Leaving Asheville

Leaving Asheville

  Well, I am quickly approaching the end of my stay here in Asheville. I have to say, this is one cool town with big city amenities and an earthy organic core. Since, I am essentially looking for a business to buy, and will remain an absentee owner, price does...
Volunteering

Volunteering

Neben den ganzen Spanischstunden arbeitete ich noch als Volunteer in einer Auffangstation fur unterernährte Babies, welche von Maya Familien nicht ‘entsprechend’ ernährt werden können. Mangeldes Wissen über Ernährung sowie nicht vorhandenes Einkommen sind oft die...
The power of one

The power of one

My wife has said on many occasions what she likes most about living in here is her ability to affect change and make a positive impact in the community. As most readers know, Nicaragua is a poor country, but what some people may not realize, is Nicaragua is a happy...
China – The Great Wall

China – The Great Wall

  Here is the main difference between backpacking and overlanding, schedule. With the car we pretty much had complete freedom of movement, WE decided how long we wanted to stay in each place and what time we should leave. None of the waking up at the crack of dawn...
The journey was half the fun

The journey was half the fun

Flying to and from Corn Island was half the fun. The tiny planes are cramped, so anyone suffering from claustrophobia, should be aware, this may be a Valium kind of flight. The ceiling inside the plane was little more than 4 feet high. The island’s size comes...
Little Corn island for the day

Little Corn island for the day

We decided to go to Little Corn island and check out the action, or lack of it, for the day. We had a bumpy boat ride in the straight between the islands which left us not feeling too good when we first arrived to the island. However, we quickly bounced back once we...
The school’s annual Halloween party

The school’s annual Halloween party

Here are some images of the school’s annual Halloween party. As you will see below, it is similar in many ways to North America. However, celebrating Halloween in Nicaragua isn’t wildly popular like other parts of the world, never-the-less it is becoming...
Beach drive just north of Granada

Beach drive just north of Granada

Zoe and I went with some friends to the beaches just north of Granada. The vistas were amazing, with several volcanoes in the background. We had a mini picnic on a quiet beach away from it all. What wasn’t amazing though, was the trash and dead fish strewn along...
Halloween costumes Granada style

Halloween costumes Granada style

Halloween is a wonderful time of year, and like most Americans, I can still remember my childhood days collecting goodies and wearing cool costumes. In Granada, it has been a learning curve navigating different shops trying to couple items together to make a costume...