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A reader commented on the Expat Report Retirement in Granada, Nicaragua
What have been the most rewarding aspects of being retired abroad?
Living here has been a rewarding experience. We work with several foundations to help the people here and are very active in the developing expat community. I think just knowing we actually moved away from our home country has provided a positive aspect. (Continue)
pato23 replied most recently with:
Excellent report and will give anyone wishing to retire in Nicaragua a good perspective.
koalagirl13 replied recently with:
I am considering a move to Panama or Nicaragua early next year. I plan to lean more spanish and also check the websites you have mentioned. How hard is it to find rentals, and is there any fear when being by one's self and living in Nicaragua? How is Leon in comarison to Granada? Would appreciate any hints/ideas you can pass on to me. Thanks, Take care.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Granada, Nicaragua
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
We were fortunate in not experiencing a lot of culture shock. Many people that come here do not stay since they cannot adapt. The best advice is always to visit the new country for a few months before committing yourselves.

You will often find your complaint is an unfair criticism when you think about it later. We keep reminding ourselves that we are guests here and not all things were better back home. If you think your home country was better in so many ways, why did you leave? Reflect on your reasons and you may find you are happier for making the change in your life.

I remember when living in the states so many people thought life was simpler in the 1950s or 1960s. It wasn't simpler but we thought it was because we were kids then and everything was simpler for a child. (Continue)

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My own experience dates to just after the revolution. I was installing a new transmitter for Radio Catolica. At the end of the job I went out to celebrate at the Intercontinental Hotel and took a 'pesero' taxi back to my hotel. I was kidnapped and beaten up and nearly lost my life. I can tell you that when someone has a 9 milli in your ear, you can speak any language perfectly fluently. The second time I went, I was in the departure building when an earthquake started. Chunks of concrete fell from the wildly swinging ceiling onto our heads. We tried to get out but armed police pointed automatic weapons at us. However, I did get to meet Sandino and his mates, and Bianca Jagger, too. So it wasn't all bad.
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Dear Bushamy13, I had to smile when I read your article. Your experiences remind me so dearly of the year I lived recently in Antigua, Guatemala. Fortunately, I had attended language school there for two summers before I moved there with the intention of living there permanently. My Spanish language teacher and the workers in the pension where I stayed and some American missionaries I met along the way taught me enough to keep me from having an over abundance of illusions. I made an extra trip to Antigua 6 months before I moved. During that trip I was helped by my local friends and contacts to reserve an lovely, economical apartment which I wouldn't have otherwise found and I interviewed and obtained a volunteer position which was exactly what I wanted. During the next 6 months, I had made Plans A, B, & C regarding what I would do if my volunteer job didn't work out and what I would do if I found that didn't want to live in Guatemala permanently. I worked on my budget and kept my bridges with my U.S. employer in sturdy condition before I left. My weakest link was that my Spanish language skills weren't as strong as they should have been which would have made my volunteer job go more smoothly. It didn't stop me from making friends and living a good life but it's difficult to be of really good help to a charitable organization if your local language skills aren't truly functional. After living in Antigua for 11 months I decided to return to the U.S. for a couple of years to regroup and refinance. I now have a more well rounded idea of what my budget should be especially for medical costs, local traveling and making trips back to the U.S.. Medical costs may be significantly less expensive in Central America but if you don't carry health insurance you have to pay upfront before a private facility will treat you. You may only have to pay $5K to be treated for a serious injury or illness that would have cost your health insurance $250K in the U.S., but if you can't take that kind of financial hit all at once then you're still up a creek regardless of how much less it costs. And then there is the initial flush of wanting to rush to the aid of the poor people you work with and the children you come to know. Just like imbibing alcohol, you must learn when to "say when". As you calculate your living expenses you must pace your charitable giving at a realistic level and stick with it. There are enough tragedies and destitute situations just around Antigua, not to mention the whole of Central America, to drain the resources of Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and the estate of Steve Jobs. By all means help when you can but.... know when to "say when". Currently, I'm working for my former employer, saving for my return to Guatemala and developing more fluent Spanish language skills. Going to Guatemala changed my life forever and for the better. You don't have to stay forever in the destination of your choice if it's not for you, but you should at least give it a try. You'll never regret it and you'll never be the same.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Granada, Nicaragua
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
The expat commmunity is just starting to formalize groups and organizations though many expats work with the various non-profits to help Nicaragua and its people. Here in Granada we have Amigos de la Policia (to improve the rapport with the local police), Care Granada (works with city and mayor for improvement projects), Calzada Centro de Arte (people learn to paint or paint with other artists), Book Club (the usual monthly group to discuss books) and monthly luncheons to just get together. (Continue)
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We hope to visit Granada and other places in late Jan to Feb for weeks. i am interested in helping churches and commmunity ( Baptist Background).Imm almost 59 *(youthful) Raquel is 6 yrs younger. No social Sec for about 6 more years and Hpe that the Lord will provide a way to leave now and help those in need. Our home sales went down, bills are alweways there, dog died, i am an Ordained minister and just a rfegular guys born IN NYC speak fluent spanish and some French. I am Saved To Serve, please provide info on pastors and churches in granda and san jose, Bless you, Joe
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Could you contact me about an interview for a documentary about expats living in Granada? Gracias
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