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Why Nicaragua?

Many people, including our children have asked the question….why Nicaragua? It took us quite a while to narrow down our list to this country and here are the top ten reasons why.

10. Nicaragua is in the same time zone as Alberta is. This makes it much easier to keep in touch with family back home. We can face time or skype with our Grandson everyday if we wish, although, I think his parents would get quite annoyed with us if we called that often!

We can talk to our Grandson every day!
We can talk to our Grandson every day!
Miles enjoying his second birthday party!
Miles enjoying his second birthday party!

9. It is safe! It is the safest country in Central America and the second safest in Latin America.

8. The cost of living is cheap, cheap, cheap! Where else can you buy a beer for a dollar?

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7. The heat! You have to admit that living in Alberta can be cold! We love the idea of spending time in a country that is warm all year long. We will admit that at times the heat can become a bit overbearing, however, it’s kind of nice to live in shorts and flip flops everyday.

6. The fresh fruit and vegetables! We are vegans and the idea of living in a place where we can constantly get fresh, organic fruit and vegetables is very appealing. Although some of the produce is different than in Canada, we are enjoying trying new food and creating new recipes! More information and recipes will be coming on our new blog page called……Being a Vegan in Nicaragua.

5. The opportunity to learn a second language. Although difficult, everyday we learn a new word or phrase. Maybe it’s never to late to teach two old dogs some new tricks!

4. The beaches and sunsets! You can’t get much better than some of the beaches and sunsets we have seen down here.

One of many of the beautiful beaches around San Juan
One of many of the beautiful beaches around San Juan
Just one of the many sunsets we see on a nightly basis!
Just one of the many sunsets we see on a nightly basis!

3. The opportunity to experience a new culture! We wanted to try something new and the Nicaraguans are extremely friendly and welcoming people. Why not move outside of our comfort zone and see how other parts of the world live.

2. Their manana attitude. If it doesn’t happen today, perhaps it will happen tomorrow or maybe next week!

1. The number one reason we chose Nicaragua. Meet new people! In the two weeks we have been in San Juan Del Sur we already feel we have more friends than we ever did in Alberta!

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San Juan Del Sur

The beautiful beach of San Juan Del Sur
The beautiful beach of San Juan Del Sur

Well here we are in San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua! When we initially began considering a three month excursion to Nicaragua, this was the place we thought of coming to. It was on the water, it was full of expats mainly from Canada, the United States and Europe and it was a little cooler than other parts of Nicaragua, with almost constant breezes blowing off the ocean.

It is a quaint little town, with a colorful collection of characters that can’t help to keep you entertained along the way. Our first night here we were invited out to Happy Hour by some fellow Canadians who have lived here for over four years. We had a wonderful time enjoying some great music and meeting several other expats who have decided to make their home here, many of them also raising their young children in this small Nicaraguan community. It was the complete opposite feeling that we had experienced in Granada and we instantly felt welcomed and part of the expat community.

The beach restaurants
The beach restaurants

After some serious house hunting we settled into a small condo about two blocks off the beach with a lovely view of the ocean. We loved the idea of sitting out on our balcony, watching all of the “goings on”, but still being far enough away from the beach where all the noisy partying tends to happen at night. Or so we thought! Our first night of living in our new little home we were awakened by the constant booming of loud music and disco lights flashing off of the water. Wow, how could this sleepy little town have suddenly turned into “Party Central”? Well, I guess the rumors were right….San Juan Del Sur is a party town! It suddenly dawned on us why so many of the expats we have recently met choose to live outside of the main area and head to the quieter hills and beaches surrounding San Juan Del Sur. All I can say is, thankfully we had only committed to one month in our condo, and with that in mind we immediately started looking for other accommodation.

The view from our condo in San Juan Del Sur
The view from our condo in San Juan Del Sur

As of now, I am happy to report that we have found a nice little apartment about a 20 minute walk to the town center. It is up on a hill, far from the noise of the nightlife in San Juan and we think it’s actually nicer than the condo we have now. It has a great kitchen, a nice little deck, where we can still gaze at the ocean and a pool. We are still not committing for more than one month but I think we will be much happier there. Will we still visit San Juan? Of course we will but definitely not late at night……I think we’d rather be sleeping!

A very peaceful beach during the day!
A very peaceful beach during the day!
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