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10/13/2014 14:29 EST

Whats it like to live in Granada? The food and health care?

10/13/2014 16:53 EST

We live just fine. The restaurant food is so so, some good some bad. The availability is stores is great, imported food is expensive. We have found most of what we want. The grocery store we shop in, La Colonia, is one of the best run stores I have ever been in with a friendly, helpful staff. We go to Managua once a month for groceries and have a fun time.

The only health care professional we have used is a pharmacist. He is from El Salvador and speaks English. Great service at good prices. You don't need a script for most meds, only narcotics. We each take one med and it costs about one-fifth of what it would cost in the states. My husband saw a doctor once, good service and the office visit was $40 for taking off two bad skin spots. Many people go straight to a lab and if they think they have something just take the lab report to a pharmacist who can prescribe meds. No need for a doctor at all. Doctors here make house calls.

Life here has been good to us. What you really need to think about is what you will do when you get here. Successful expats reinvent their lives and do things that they have always wanted to do. We do some volunteer work, are active in our church and pursue interests we didn't have time for in our former life. We also travel a great deal. Central America is a great place to see.

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10/14/2014 08:29 EST

I am a 54 year old female considering retiring next year when my teaching pension kicks in. Is Granada a good/safe place for a single female retiree living on a pension?

10/14/2014 09:43 EST

Many single women live in Granada. You can connect with them on the facebook page expats of Granada.

10/15/2014 01:13 EST

""Many single women live in Granada. You can connect with them on the facebook page expats of Granada.""

Again iguanalover has the best way to see an area in detail - Day to day reports from local expats. 90% chaff so you have to dig but people are eager to answer questions. Even if you are not thrilled with Facebook in general like me.

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10/15/2014 22:12 EST

There was a very interesting article in the Nica Nuggets newsletter that came out today about an experience at the Vivian Pellas Hospital in Managua. It gives a different picture of the care in that facility.

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