Destination, Nicaragua

Nicaragua Ain’t for Sissies

“Nicaragua ain’t for sissies, but it’s got a lot of soul. Folks accustomed to life in the US need an incredibly adventurous spirit if they are to adjust to Nicaragua. Life is challenging here,  for everyone. If you’re from the US,  forget the creature comforts of home. But the reward is that one develops intimate relationships with the people and the land, and these will fill one’s heart forever” ~ Silvio Sirias

He’s right, you know. Nicaragua ain’t for sissies. When the water stops running just as you step in the shower or start a load of wash, the electricity blinks off near the end of your favorite movie,  and the lack of a reliable infrastructure rears its ugly head…

When the fiery dragon breathes down upon the land in March and April, and the only relief is to stick your head in the freezer, find a shade tree, go swimming, or spend an hour in the air-conditioned ATM…

When you make an appointment and the office is closed for a two-hour lunch, or “manana” means today, tomorrow, or a year from now, or you wait in a long line at the bank, only to have ten people step in front of you because there is a SPACE

Don’t be surprised if your frustrations melt away, and are replaced by contagious chuckles and a ‘knowing’ smile because…..

Nicaragua is a country of poets, artists, and lovers. There are no strangers, everyone is welcome.

Generosity, creativity, and a simple zest for life abounds. Smiles are freely passed along the dusty trails. Adios means hello and goodbye.

Passion and humor light up every face. Sometimes, you just gotta laugh in the land of the not quite right.

Frustrations? Yes. However, the rewards of developing intimate relationships with the people and the land far surpass my frustrations. My heart is full; I am sitting on top of the world.

Featured writer: Gypsytoes

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6 thoughts on “Nicaragua Ain’t for Sissies

  1. phil says:

    very much so! keep out of the random shooting, and central america is life with ‘the essence’ running in it.

    1. Debbie says:

      Phil, you are so right. The essence of Nicaragua shines brightly. No random shootings ever in our island of peace.

  2. Helen Ross says:

    Great post. I had never thought of visiting Nicaragua but your post has now got me interested. I have now added it to me list of places. Great photos too. Thank you.

    1. Debbie says:

      Thank you Helen. Nicaragua is a hidden gem.

  3. Johanna van Zanten says:

    That is beautiful, the art astonishing. Hope to travel south after my retirement.
    Thanks for that post.

    1. Debbie says:

      Make sure you visit Ometepe Island and stop in to visit us. Thanks for your comment.

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