The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

- Robert Frost

the 1 less traveled by

A move to Nicaragua

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Elisha & Gord

In Nica Now

I wanted to dedicate one post to the people who helped us find our home in San Juan del Sur.  We were introduced to Elisha & Gord when they contacted us after a post Kharron made on the Facebook group Expats in San Juan del Sur.  He posted that we were looking for a home to move into as soon as we move from San Diego.

In Nica Now offers a spectacular service – they will do all the leg work and networking necessary to find a home in San Juan del Sur for a very reasonable price.  After a short discussion about this option we emailed them back stating that we were interested in their services.  Elisha & Gord replied immediately with a questionnaire that would give them an idea of what we were looking for, our expectations, and list of rated desires. Once our homework was in, we set up a time to do a video chat via Skype.  It was nice to see the people we were working with, it felt like a real meeting.  The power had gone out the day we originally scheduled our chat and the internet was slow the day we rescheduled, but these things were all good lessons about the land we were relocating to.

From what I had read, we thought we wanted to live in an area called Playa Marsella. It was near a beach and away enough from town, but with a few restaurant choices that seemed walking distance. I didn’t want to live right in the middle of the tourist hub, but I wanted the convenience of not always having to drive for food and entertainment. Elisha & Gord had just been living in Playa Marsella and they explained that it was on a very dusty, rocky, dirt road.  It was a lot of wear and tear on your car and not ideal for walking. They suggested we live closer to town, but would still search for housing options in that area as well as what they thought would be more optimal.

I can’t say enough good things about In Nica Now’s services.  We had our feelers out in many forums and as the possibilities came in, we were able to pass the options to Elisha & Gord who either knew of the property already or would contact the owner/property manager to inquire and view it. This took a lot of work and stress off of us, especially since we already had a lot going on in San Diego.

In the end, we all felt the best option was a two bedroom, two bath house with a pool in an area called Palermo.  Palermo is named after the villas up the street at the Palermo Hotel & Resort. Its a hot 30 minute walk into town or a 5 minute car ride. Its located up a hill, so walking from town with 2 kids is not really an option, but luckily we have a car and a cab ride is $1-2.  We love our house, the location, and the fact that it has a pool!

In Nica Now also has an amazingly helpful blog. If you’re thinking about a move to Nicaragua or even just a visit, I would advise reading their whole blog, but a few that we found to be most helpful are “One Month of Living Expenses 2014: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua“,  “Is San Juan del Sur a Party Town?“, “Making the Move“, and “All About Nicaragua: Blogs, Websites & Forums and Facebook Pages“.

Thank you Elisha & Gord for your work, gentle steering, and friendship!

 

Managua

Get Me Out of Managua!

For the first 3 days we stayed in Managua, listening to the advice of a friend who was already living in Nica.  We landed on a Saturday and our dogs weren’t scheduled to come in until Monday night.  Our friend Joe reserved us a spot at Don Quijote Hotel for only $60 a night and was going to show us around the city for the next couple days.  The hotel was in a convenient location, was very clean and included breakfast and delicious coffee in the morning.

Managua is like an infectious disease that slowly creeps up on you.  The first day you notice its busy and a little dirty, but you’re okay with it.  The next day the scenery seems a little apocalyptic and you can’t believe how crazy the drivers are.  By the third day you just want to get all your errands done quickly and get out before the inevitable accident in a rotunda, or traffic ticket.

Managua is a necessary evil when living in Nicaragua. There are things harder to find outside of Managua and everything is cheaper there.  The best supermarket, La Colonia is located in Managua (also in Granada and Leon), the best veterinarians, hospitals, and stores.  Mechanics seem to take trips to Managua many times a week for parts.

On our last day we ran around going to get a copy of our car key made since the one the car came with was about to snap. We also went to Western Union to wire money, went to SENSA – the big hardware store owned by Ace, Kid’s Plaza looking for a twin size plastic sheet (Azalea was having some bed wetting issues), ate lunch, and managed to buy our way out of two traffic tickets which are called “multas” – translated to “fines”.

Finally we were off to paradise – Surf Tours Nicaragua, in Miramar where my friend manages.