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elduendegrande replied to the thread The Nicaraguan Grand Canal Project on the Nicaragua forum on November 21, 2014:
shashaway initially posted:
I just arrived in "Le'on" but,...I will soon be traveling to "Rivas" to "check-out", if possible, recruitment for workers on "The Grand Canal Project". Any and all leads/insights would be appreciated.
elduendegrande replied 12 minutes ago with:
Ah conteir, mon ferer...(sorry, I can`t spell any better than Bart Simpson) This canal is going forward exactly because of the politics! This is the Chinese Century and subservient nations need to learn their place. That includes both the US and Nic, so there! Anyway, a project of this scope will not be a round up the muchachos in the barrio and bring in some Chinese engineers. It will involve major outsourcing to european, asian, southamerican and even US companies and suppliers. I noticed a similar thing when an indian tribe built a casino in my county. People thought they would hire indians but in fact that was not the case. One, the tribe was too small. two, the available indians did not have the skills. and 3, the few indians they hired were not a net benefit--they had a lot of lazy racists who bothered the other workers. I saw the same thing when Home depot opened up a store in our town--they moved in 75% of the employees from other stores to get this one opened. On a big project, you cannot afford to doodle with locals with no experience. later you can break in some locals a few at a time. Anyway, if you are looking for canal work, go for it. I would suggest you try to locate the names of the outsourcing comapnies an get hired by one of them. I suspect they will have the means to get the necessary work permits and maybe housing, etc.
elduendegrande replied 12 minutes ago with:
Ah conteir, mon ferer...(sorry, I can`t spell any better than Bart Simpson) This canal is going forward exactly because of the politics! This is the Chinese Century and subservient nations need to learn their place. That includes both the US and Nic, so there! Anyway, a project of this scope will not be a round up the muchachos in the barrio and bring in some Chinese engineers. It will involve major outsourcing to european, asian, southamerican and even US companies and suppliers. I noticed a similar thing when an indian tribe built a casino in my county. People thought they would hire indians but in fact that was not the case. One, the tribe was too small. two, the available indians did not have the skills. and 3, the few indians they hired were not a net benefit--they had a lot of lazy racists who bothered the other workers. I saw the same thing when Home depot opened up a store in our town--they moved in 75% of the employees from other stores to get this one opened. On a big project, you cannot afford to doodle with locals with no experience. later you can break in some locals a few at a time. Anyway, if you are looking for canal work, go for it. I would suggest you try to locate the names of the outsourcing comapnies an get hired by one of them. I suspect they will have the means to get the necessary work permits and maybe housing, etc.
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elduendegrande replied to the thread hotel/bed & breakfast in Managua, Nicaragua on the Nicaragua forum on November 21, 2014:
janerush initially posted:
Please recommend a reasonably price hotel in Managua that would be safe and conveniently located. Thank you. Jane Rush
elduendegrande replied 35 minutes ago with:
Specify price range and whether you expect people to speak English to get better results. Also, for any hotel you need landmark directions and the name of the barrio to give to the taxi driver.
arthotelmanagua replied 2 hours ago with:
We are located by the Parque Las Palmas in Managua, about 1.5km from the National Stadium. We can offer a room for 1 or 2 people for $41 plus $.82 INTUR tax ($41.82) per night. Contact us for pricing on larger rooms to accommodate more than 2 people. We have natural gas hot water heated showers, air conditioning in all rooms, ethernet cables in most rooms, WIFI. lobby computer. The price includes a full breakfast cooked fresh between 7am and 11 a.m.
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anneosman replied to the thread Just got here on the Saudi Arabia forum on November 21, 2014:
JohnS2014 initially posted:
Hi just thought I would say hi in this forum. I am from the UK and arrived in November. Just wondering what people do and if there is any place where expats meet.
anneosman replied 46 minutes ago with:
Where are you located? I'm in an American in Jeddah, but I've lived here for 25 years or so. (Orginally planned to stay for 3 months!)
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tomb215 replied to the thread cashierschecks on the Ecuador forum on November 21, 2014:
tomb215 initially posted:
In order to start the renewal process for a passport while living in Cuenca, when the folks from the U.S. Consulate General's office in Guayaquil visit here, I have to get a cashiers check [and only a cashiers check] for the the renewal fee. This cannot be drawn from anywhere except a bank and I'm finding they are only issued from a bank you have an account with. We have our savings with a Cooperativa. Does anyone know of a bank in Cuenca where you can walk in with cash,and buy a cashiers check? If there is no such thing in Ecuador then I suppose I will have to make, hopefully only two more trips to Guayaqui, to complete the process there.
tomb215 replied 2 hours ago with:
I have resigned my self to the fact that I will either need to find someone that has an account in an Ecuadorian "bank" that would be willing to take our cash and purchase the required cashiers check for this passport renewal fee or we will spend another day riding through the mountains to Guayaquil. Ah well,I will get it done no matter how difficult they make it.
tomb215 replied 2 hours ago with:
My wife has gone into three different banks with cash in hand to purchase [buy] on e of their cashiers checks and has been told by all she would have to have an account with them before they could give her one. Just one more thing you'd not expect to run into even in under developed countries.
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dandrie posted TURKEY in Medellin?! on the Colombia forum on November 21, 2014:
Greetings, I am trying to track down a reliable source for a high quality bird for Christmas... anyone with a recommendation? thanks!
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gregfarrell replied to the thread Rent now, retire later? Where in Colombia? on the Colombia forum:
JustGarlic initially posted:
After almost 3 years of talking about vacationing in Colombia, with the idea of possibly looking to retire there in about 7 years, we have no idea where to look. I was thinking El Rodadero, possibly for a spot to visit in 2015. Right now, we have teens and we won't move until they graduate college, but would love to find a place to buy where we can all vacation, but also become a place we would live in when we retire. Close to the beach is a big plus, but we don't have to be right on the beach... HOWEVER the closest beach needs to be beautiful. That said, El Rodadero, I hear, does not have a spectacular beach. A short walk to the beach is fine. Safety is a huge concern. Healthcare is important. Being able to rent it out several times a year would be a bonus, but we wouldn't want it to be rented out all the time. My wife loves to walk / shop local places... not big name stores. She loves a boutique style. I am more into having a small place to garden. Internet is CRITICAL as I do business through the internet. Our budget will be 275 - 325K. We can do more, but that is our preferred price range. Would love 3 BR 2.5 bath.... 1500 - 2000 SF.... we are currently in a 4500 SF home. We have started taking Spanish lessons thinking even if all we do is vacation, and not buy, it will still be a good thing. So, with that said, what part of the country would you recommend? If we had to, we could go $400K on a place, but really would rather not. Thanks!
gregfarrell replied 4 hours ago with:
I agree with Diego12. International living makes their money off of hyped-up info. Before buying our farm outside of Medellin, we visited and looked at several Central and South American properties in: Argentina - around Buenos Aires, Corrientes, and Tigre Chile - around the cost of Del Mar, and Santiago Uruguay - Punta del Este, Montevideo Ecuador - Cuenca, and Manta Venezuela - before Hugo Panama - Panama City Costa Rica - around the Jaco area Dominican Republic - Punta Cana, north side of island We purchased undeveloped properties in Argentina, but have sat on them for over five years now as the government is anything but stable. Chile is nice, but so far away from other places to which we like to travel, i.e., European countries. Uruguay is nice near the beach, but away from the beach is like living in a run down Mexican township. I prefer a country to being developed throughout, not just near the beach. Ecuador's Cuenca is beautiful if you like living high in the Andes - over 8000 ft. We almost bought a condo in Manta, just before the realtor added an appreciation fee...we backed out. We put money down on a 51st floor penthouse condo in Panama City before the developer came back to say that they had to redo the structure and were only allowed to build 31 floors, to which our new condo was located on the 16th floor. We backed out out. Costa Rica hasn't really changed since the 70s. For the prices many property owners were asking, I can only assume they had smoked too much of something. Colombia, after Venezuela, was not on our radar, but after looking at farm properties outside of Medellin towards the international airport, thought that it had the most potential for us. The streets are paved throughout, I pay only 35 US dollars a month for a health care policy that is second to none in most of Latin America. Argentina had great German hospitals, but the cost was also higher. One thing that I like about Colombia is that it has a standard of living that is better than what we've seen in most of Central and South America. We live on a farm close to El Retiro which has an outside soccer stadium, covered basketball courts, outside gym (free), outdoor free music concerts during the 25 through 31 of December, hospital, clinics...on and on. Before buying our property here, we rented a place in Medellin for a month and scouted the area. We've been here two years, and I think we'll probably live here for another 10. As everyone is different, I would suggest you take the time to visit some of below recommendations. And just as a note, we have left our doors open all night long for the past two years, and have never had a problem with theft.
Diego12 replied on November 13, 2014 with:
http://www.businessinsider.com/best-healthcare-systems-in-the-world-2012-6?op=1
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