posted New Expat Tip Tool
on the Nicaragua forum on May 14, 2013:
replied to the thread gun laws
on the Nicaragua forum:
hi can anyone tell what the gun laws are in nicaragua
Well I guess everyone is different but I've ate at dozens of sodas or mom and pop restaurants and have never experienced anything but happiness! As far as tuna goes I eat at least 3 or 4 cans a week of central american canned tuna and other foods and have no issues with it. The street grillers in Pochomil produce some of the best emplanadas I've ever tasted!
Anyone that tells you they can get you a gun and it is easy is full of crap. Owning an illegal gun in NIcaragua is a very serious offense.
1. You must be a resident
2. Have a background check by the police in NIcaragua
3.. Psych. evaluation.
4. In most cases you are required to attend a class on guns to insure you know how to use one.
If you meet the requirements, you can own as many guns as you want in Nicaragua but have to have each one licesened. There are restrictions on AK 47s
If you meet the requirements, just about any lawyer can assist you. Just check on how much they want to charge you and don't let them change the price. Don't pay more than half until you have the weapon and license in you hand. If you are approved, the police will give you a form to go buy the weapon, you then take the weapon / 3 shells to the police station and the police will run a ballistics check and record it. You will then be issued a license and given you weapon. The first couple of months you have the weapon the police will come to your house and inspect to see if you have the weapon properly secured and inspect the weapon to insure it is the one you have registered. You can go to the Oriental Market in Managua and buy an illegal gun. If you are caught with it you are looking at 6 to 10.
posted finding good food
on the Nicaragua forum on May 07, 2013:
print this one out and use it, I couldn't have said it better myself. Especially the cultural mentor....a definite must have for any country in Latin America as culture is tied to language, government and business on every level, so a good understanding of their history and culture will take you a llllooooonnnngggg way!
I have just returned from Guat..I plan to relocate there.You hit the nail on the head when you talk about expats trying to look superior..I was a bit taken aback at the way they spoke to and about the Mayan people ..My adopted daughter is Mayan..I take it very personal..I would definately go native while living there..Thanks for confirming what I was thinking and feeling .
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I have lived in South America for 13 years in three countries, Chile, Argentina and now Quito. Equador. I know Chile and love it.. Cannot afford it anymore so I visit my friends there. And many aspects of CHile have changed dramatically in the past 13 years! What is
this' nearly Fourth World' characterization of Ecuador in this KP article? EC. certainly is a very tough place to immigrate, and the govt. bureaucracy , banking and other systems are not easy. But the truth is immigrating for each of us involves a huge desire to take risks, doing all of your homework, learning the local language and resiliency and PATIENCE above all with yourself as well as others. As a Chilean artist friend told me " es muy alta, muy bajo' -- I am a woman, psychologist and teacher and it has not been easy here for me. I have been cheated by Ecuadorians
( owed me money for agreed-upon professional services), struggled for 10 months and spent way too much to get my immigration visa, I am practicing language skills daily etc etc.. Lots to learn in the 14 months I have been here. K. P. is a bit of a fraud, IMO -- she used to sell EC as a good, 'cheap' place to immigrate , seems her tune has changed -- "less stable" than what?? and what is "less accessible" about this little country? There is a lot of money to be made by IL types on people's dissatisfaction living wherever they are in the world... Prices are going up here, this is not a "cheap "place to live, only comparatively , it is a developing country and people everywhere in the world want to live like the First World - prices go up, rarely I have seen them go down. If you are willing to immigrate you gotta accept that life is DYNAMIC and change is constant... there ain't no free lunch and no paradise (except in the movie in your mind)
The key is wherever you go, there YOU are... if you are happy within, you will have a better chance of adjusting well anywhere you go (even if you repatriate to wherever you came from)-- so open your mind and keep learning!
A reader replied recently with:
Hi, excellent listing of retirement alternatives. I know most of them, and find the pro's and con's being very accurate. Though, it is difficult to publish a list in 'fit for all' manner. It depends very much on the individual budget and your life style. As I go for tropical climate only, Ecuador, Uruguay, and France aren't any option for me. For example Cuenca, Ecuador, can be a very cold place at times. The slogan of "everlasting spring in Cuenca" is misleading.
One thing is sure, it is not an easy decision where to spend your retirement. Vern
replied to the thread driving license
on the Nicaragua forum:
would a UK driving license be ok in Nicaragua or would i need to take a driving test when we move ?
Your drivers license are good here until they expire. You are suposed to be a resident to get a Nicaragua drivers license but unlike the gun laws this is not necessarly the case.
If you have a drivers license from another country, you are not required to take a test . My wife and I both have Nicaragua drivers license and no teat was required. With a drivers license, you are not required the investigation or mental evaluation.Once again, get a lawyer and the same applys as with the guns. Find out how much and don't pay all until you have the license in your hand. I would be very weary of anyone that tells you he has a friend or primo that can get it done with no problem. You may have it but is it the real deal.
Foreign driver's license are good here until they expire. I have been using mine for seven years. If you renew it in your origen country it continues to be good here or you can apply for Nica license but it requires a written test and it is in Spanish.
replied to the thread english speaking bank
on the Nicaragua forum:
I am interested in opening a business in nicaragua and want to deal with a bank that eitehr speaks english, or has an english version of their website, so I can pay bills in english.
is there one?
Depends where you will be. Not sure about the English website but the few activities you would do can quickly be learned. As for the English speaking people in the banks, in Managua no problem, many speak English. In Granada, BAC and Ban Centro have English speaking managers.
Ban Centro is the most popular with expats and BAC is the most professional, similar to the states.
hi me and my wife are looking into possibly moving to nicaragua in a few years and are looking for help and advice we will be moving from the uk any help on locations to live and the costs and why of life would be a great help thanks :)
thanks i will have a look at them
Since you have very general questions I would refer you to www.nicaragua-guide.com. For the community life www.nicaragua-community.com.