Chasing the Central American Dream

 

Many are flocking to Central America for a more philosophical reason. Have you come to the realization that Europe isn’t what it used to be, and the American Dream is getting harder and harder to find? For many, the pursuit of the American Dream has led them to Central America. An economic environment that people are slowly discovering that encourages growth, and a culture of close-knit, caring communities; the kinds of things that once made America great, but have unfortunately  started to disappear. Many are finding that these ideals have expatriated to Central America.

The increased tourist traffic is encouraging news for those who own property or businesses in this region. This is another reason so many are flocking to Central America: the amazing investment opportunities. Nicaragua is a great example of this. This country is experiencing rapid growth, especially in the real estate market. Prices are low, and the potential for future growth is high. This makes it the perfect time to consider purchasing real estate in Nicaragua.

The New American Dream is moving to Central America

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The American Dream – that age-old cultural tale that permeates into every single part of our lives. Why did we go to school, church, work, and thanksgiving day parades? What was it that brought the pilgrims and settlers to the U.S. and inspired the founding fathers to write the constitution? What drives people to take chances, risk their futures on the opening of a new business, move into a newly developed neighborhood, or join new community organizations? What exactly is the “American Dream” for many Baby boomers? That expression dates back to a post-war period in U.S. history. Suburbia exploded. Comfort, wealth, and leisure defined the middle class. Schools were world-class, unemployment was not a problem, and platonic families were large, traditional foundations of social life.

ARE YOU READY?
  • 40% of the workforce will be temporary workers by 2020.
  • Women are leaving the corporate world.
  • The old minority is the new majority.
  •  Over 40% of the U.S. workforce will be leaving in the next decade.

The world we live in is in distress  on an increasing basis. Violence is rife, education is failing, and the middle class is disappearing. It has never been harder to enter the middle class, or exit it as a retiree. Families are struggling , healthcare is insanely expensive.

Have you been wanting to start a business ? Do you want to live by your own rules, set your own schedule, and go where you want, whenever you please? How about if there was an opportunity to do this in paradise, and with a lower cost of living than you rely on now? Sound too good to be true? It’s not. It’s becoming a very real possibility, and retirees especially are turning towards Central America in waves. Baby boomer populations are seeking healthier environments in friendly nations south of the U.S. border.

But it’s not just retirees that are making their home in Central America. There is an increasing amount of younger generations also looking for more stable lifestyles because to them it’s not where, but how you live that makes you happy. It’s not what you consume, but what you give to society that creates a lasting impact.

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Have you been considering becoming a part of the booming trend of  baby boomers to retire in paradise and leave a lasting legacy for your children and grandchildren?

10 things you’ll need to know before visiting Nicaragua

It won’t take long to fall in love with Nicaragua. Between the rainforests,  Colonial cities, palm-fringed beaches, refreshing mountain towns and genuinely friendly locals, it’s hardly any wonder so many foreigners came to Nicaragua just for a visit—and then decided they never wanted to leave.

But while there’s a lot to love about the Nica lifestyle, there are a few things first-time visitors should know before arriving in Nicaragua. Keep your expectations in check and these tidbits in the back of your mind, and you’re sure to have the trip of a lifetime.

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1. The Roads Are An Adventure

Driving in Nicaragua takes patience, caution and confidence. While most of the major highways across the country are paved and in relatively good condition, you’re also sure to stumble upon potholes, dirt roads, traffic blocks and (if you’re lucky) even the occasional cow procession. Cars with 4×4 are essential, not optional. And though there are official speed limits, we’ve found most people seem to drive as fast as their cars allow—until they get stuck behind 18-wheelers.

2. Don’t Flush Your Toilet Paper

Visitors are always shocked when asked to throw their toilet paper in the trash bins rather than flushing it down the toilet. In many places in Nicaragua, the plumbing isn’t strong enough to handle toilet paper without getting blocked up. Less embarrassing to toss your paper than block up the public restroom.

3. Water and Electricity Can Go Out Unexpectedly

This is one of those things that could drive you nuts as it always seems to happen at the most inconvenient times. Like when you’re just about to make dinner and then there’s a blackout. Or when you’re back from a day of sun, sand and sea and the shower won’t turn on. Luckily these outages tend to only last for a short while and then things are back to normal.

4. Don’t Put Your Hands Or Feet Anywhere You Can’t See

Nicaragua is a tropical country, which means there are creepy crawlies.  Try not to reach into dark places (such as shoes or dark closets) until you’ve checked for creepy crawlers hiding such as the ocasional scorpion or spider.

5. Diacachimba (dee-ah-ka-cheem-ba) means an awesome Lifestyle

This word can have either a positive or a negative meaning (we’ll stick to the positive meaning here).  This is  also Nicaraguan slang for “cool”.

7. Don’t Leave Anything Unattended

Nicaragua is typically a very safe and friendly country one of the safest in Central America, HOWEVER, there is petty crime. Don’t leave anything on the beach unattended, even if it’s just your sandals.. Even if your car is locked, don’t leave valuables unattended inside. Basically, stay smart and don’t leave anything around for easy snatching.

8. Things Are much  Cheaper

Many travelers expect Nicaragua to be a cheap Central American destination. However, in large part due to its  growing popularity as a tourist destination, many things  you purchase as a tourist  in Tourist destinations really aren’t that inexpensive. Since a large majority of foreigners own tourist related businesses they tend to charge a little more than local owned businesses for certain products or services. If you live or travel like a local you’ll certainly save money!

9. Nicaragua Is Truly One Of The Most Magical Places In The World

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10. Nicaragua is A Nature Lover’s Dream Destination

Over the years, travelers seeking a fun, cheap, and adventurous destination came here as an alternative to “touristy” Costa Rica and Panama once they realized Contras weren’t still roaming the jungles.

Since the secret’s out,  Nicaragua is a hot destination spot for families, retirees, and backpackers relishing the cheap beer, hiking, and good surf.  Nicaragua is filled with amazing natural beauty and extremely warm people. Though the country has been “discovered,” there are still many opportunities to wander off the beaten path, interact with locals, get in touch with nature, and avoid the hordes of travelers asking where they can get a pizza.While the driving can be crazy and the Spanish slangs may be difficult to understand, there’s a reason why Nicaragua is  becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Live a Stress-Free Life in Nicaragua

If there is a constant thing in this world other than change, that is stress! People are stressed when they are overwhelmed by life’s problems and adversities, when things don’t go according to plan, or when things are just too much for them to bear. According to MedicalNewsToday, anything that poses a threat to a person’s well-being is a stress. Life isn’t perfect and there seems to be stress in the different areas of our lives. However, we are still in full control of our entire being and what we are and what we become. One of the benefits of retiring in Nicaragua is living a stress-free life.

 Nicaragua is simply stunning!

For one,  Nicaragua offers spectacular scenery. Just this one fact  alone can be nurturing for the mind, body and soul. Think of beautiful beaches and gorgeous landscapes. It’s great to wake up to fresh air and a beautiful view every day. There are many places in Nicaragua that offer beautiful scenery and you will be certainly be in for a treat. As you travel all over Nicaragua its magnificent and stunning views  will never fail to brighten up  your day.

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Nicaragua has great weather.

Think about those times when an impending snowstorm has caused you to worry. Or when just thinking about shoveling your driveway has brought you stress. In Nicaragua, you won’t be stressed out by the weather because it is  sunny most of the time with rainy days during the wets season from May to October. In Nicaragua’s mountain highlands where people experience spring like temperatures all year, people are comfortably cool and relaxed without expensive utility bills.   Expats from cold countries who have chosen to retire in Nicaragua find that they no longer suffer from cold weather-related health issues.

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Money matters have always been known to contribute greatly to stress. Parents need to provide food, shelter, education and a comfortable life to their children. People need and want certain things in life, in addition to the basic necessities, they all require money. There’s that social need as well wherein people need money to be able to go out with friends and be connected with others. In Nicaragua, financial concerns are much less because of the low cost of living. Nicaragua offers great incentives for retirees and entertainment, utilities, and food is affordably priced. As a result, expats living in Nicaragua find that they can afford things that they weren’t able to afford before. They are now able to stretch their budget and even have money left over for savings. A vacation or two every year wouldn’t hurt as well; thus, contributing a lot to one’s overall wellness. In Nicaragua, people are able to do more for less which is just perfect.

Nicaragua  offers lots of outdoor activities.

 

Why go to the gym when you can go hiking in the rainforest, walk along the beach or go swimming in the ocean? Whale watching!  The breathtaking view alone will most certainly bring a smile to one’s face. Add an outdoor activity to that and the result is a healthy mind and body.  an opportunity for you to enjoy what Nicaragua has to offer. Swimming, kayaking, hiking, mountain climbing, zip-lining and much more – these outdoor activities in Nicaragua will keep you staying fit, healthy and active.  There is always something new to explore in Nicaragua.

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Nicaragua has fresh food all year.

Thanks to its rich, fertile soil, Nicaragua grows its own crops; thus, importing food is not necessary. The country is able to provide fresh food for everyone; hence, people living in Nicaragua are able to eat fresh, organic vegetables and meat. Corn is the main ingredient of many  dishes so you will find lots of corn fields in the country.  When it comes to fruits, pineapples, papayas, oranges and mangoes are aplenty. As the saying goes, “you are what you eat”. It is essential to eat fresh and healthy food in order to achieve a healthy body. Having a healthy body greatly reduces stress.

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There is a solution to stress…

Many people think that since stress is a constant, nothing can be done about it. Stress comes in many different ways, forms and levels, and while it cannot be avoided entirely, you can do something to alleviate it. Nicaragua can be the answer to a life with less stress. This is one of the benefits of retiring in Nicaragua – the kind of benefit that encompasses many areas of one’s life. With less stress, a healthy, happy life follows. Think of what it can do for you. Do something while you still can. Come to Nicaragua and see how living a life with less stress can be achieved.

The León Travel Bureau can show you what living in Nicaragua could be like!

 

 

Surviving Earthquakes & Other disasters in Nicaragua

Over the years Nicaragua has been hard hit with many natural disasters.  The most disastrous was the earthquake of 1972 but there have been numerous other disasters to occur in the area including Hurricane Mitch in 1998.  The earthquake in 1972 in Managua hit in the middle of the night killing thousands of people.  The earthquake injured thousands more and left a few hundred thousand homeless.  Disasters like the earthquake in 1972 in Managua and hurricanes that affect the entire country have had a devastating effect on the country.

When traveling or relocating abroad, one of the most important factors to consider is safety. Of course, there is always some risk associated with international travel to areas prone to earthquakes or other natural disasters. With that being said, there are various precautions which you can take to ensure your safety while visiting or for extended living. These include packing a first-aid kit, practicing cautionary eating and drinking, and increasing your overall alertness of yourself and your surroundings.

While in Nicaragua, there are some dangers which may be completely out of your control, such as natural disasters. Therefore, it is important to know whether a region  of the country you are traveling to has a strong disaster preparedness strategy and appropriate preventative infrastructure. Over the past several years, Nicaragua has impressively developed its disaster preparedness infrastructure to ensure the safety of both locals and tourists alike.

Lessons from the Past

In its past, Nicaragua has faced various natural disasters, most notably the Managua Earthquake in 1972 and Hurricane Mitch in 1998. While these events were tragic, they were greatly beneficial to Nicaragua in the long term as far as Disaster readiness.  As a result of Mitch, there was a major shift in the country’s preparedness methods and disaster control.

Now it is common to find anti-seismic buildings, flood prevention mechanisms, repaved roads, and increased water accessibility. Effectively, these improvements have immensely reduced the impact of natural disasters on the people of Nicaragua.

Implemented Infrastructure

Natural disasters happen in all parts of the world, and they are virtually unavoidable. However, with proper defensive infrastructure, the impacts of these events can be substantially reduced. In addition to the physical improvements listed above, there have also been great societal advances to Nicaragua’s disaster prevention plan. Throughout the country, local Red Cross branches and similar foundations have collaborated with schools, universities, and other partner organizations to brainstorm and spread precautionary information regarding relevant natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods.

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A few years ago, the Nicaraguan government instituted a large-scale plan as part of the National System for Disaster Prevention, Mitigation, and Attention (SINAPRED) to educate its citizens on how to effectively stay safe in the case of natural catastrophes. As part of this initiative, thousands of locals have been trained to go door-to-door to educate people on how to prepare for, and stay safe during, potential natural occurrences. Likewise, this plan established escape routes, shelters, and assistance centers throughout the country to offer universal aid in the case of a disaster. Several disaster drills by government officials are conducted throughout the year in different municipalities to prepare personnel and the general population in the event of disaster.

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The red cross has also taken various steps in providing disaster preparedness in the case of an earthquake, tsunami, or fire. Each major city has implemented a comprehensive tsunami and earthquake strategy to ensure the safety of citizens. In the case of an earthquake or tsunami threat,  emergency personnel from the police and civil defense force have been trained to take immediate action to  to ensure the immediate evacuation of all persons from areas of potential impact. There are designated routes assigned to each municipality and most hotels etc have signage with maps of emergency escape routes.

Seven Fundamental Steps of Becoming an Expat

So you’ve decided to move abroad and live in a culture other than your own. Maybe you’ve landed a job in the country of your dreams or you’ve fallen in love and can’t wait to live with your significant other. Whatever your reasons for becoming a world citizen are, you need to make some decisions.

Let’s first assume that you know where you’re going, you’ve done your research about the place, you have your passport and know which type of visa you require to stay there, and you’ve provided for healthcare and insurance needs, necessary vaccinations and medications.

After slow-traveling for the last six years, we’ve learned a few good lessons, some the hard way. We’re sure expats before the age of the internet managed, but connectivity has been our tireless friend. Through local websites, blogs, Craigslist, and city forums on sites such as InterNations, we have found vital information about everything from finding apartments and groceries, to local transportation options, to activities and entertainment.

Now on to the list!

1. Going. Travel arrangements to your destination are the easy part, whether it’s by plane, train or another mode of transportation. Check with your airline! Some countries are picky about travelers with one-way flights and will require you to have a return ticket in order to get a visa. Decide what belongings you’re taking with you, if you’re storing anything or selling it all, and whether you’re shipping a car or furniture. We travel light and don’t have a home base, so what we carry in our two suitcases and carry-on bags is our home.

2. Arriving. Where you’ll be for the first few days and how you get there from the airport, train or bus station is important. You will feel an onslaught of newness, strangeness, and awe at your new surroundings while probably being jet-lagged. You’ll need to know how to find a taxi or local bus to take you to your landing place, be it a temporary hotel, hostel, apartment, rental home or your permanent home. Note: Grab some local cash at the first ATM you find.

3. Communications. Figure out the basics. If mail is a factor for you, consider a mail service company in your home country. We’ve had great experiences with Earth Class Mail for seven years. For cell service unlock your phone and get SIM cards in your new country or purchase phones. Internet connections are available almost everywhere, and most expats agree that staying in touch with family and friends is critical and helps minimize homesickness. Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Instagram and apps like WhatsApp are valuable tools. So find out how you’ll connect to the internet, and don’t forget your country-specific electrical adapters for your devices and appliances!

4. Finances. Whether you have or will look for a job, work remotely, or retire, research banking options in your new home. We work remotely so using a mail service, being able to deposit checks in our domestic bank and using ATMs has been crucial for us. Many expats maintain a bank account in their home country as well as one in their new home. But do your research about what it takes to open a local bank account.Note: Warnings about ATM use abound but you get the best exchange rate and we’ve never had a problem.

5. Connections. How will you connect with other expats, meet local residents, make friends and get grounded in your new home? While immersing yourself in your new culture, other expats are invaluable sources of information and help. Look for social meet-up groups or language exchanges and locate yoga classes, gyms, libraries, book clubs, or other places you can meet both locals and fellow expats.

6. Language. You’ll want and need to be able to communicate with people in your new home. Everything involves language. Gestures take you only so far. Obviously, language schools are everywhere or you can self-learn with CDs, podcasts, or local TV. No matter your ability level, just putting yourself out there and trying is well received by residents. In Buenos Aires for our long-term stay, we advertised on Craigslist and BANewcomers, a local newcomers group, to find our Spanish tutor who also became our friend. However you learn, you’ll be well rewarded for the time and effort you invest in learning the language.

7. Mindset. Enjoy your initial excitement and wonder, and carry it with you as you explore your new world. Jump in, and be open, trusting and patient. Living abroad is a unique exercise in mindfulness, being non-judgmental, embracing change and discovering more about yourself. Have fun, listen, smile! Keep a journal! Make a fool of and laugh at yourself. People are pretty much the same everywhere and they will laugh with you.

Betsy and Mark Blondin have been slow-traveling, living for extended periods of time in Latin America and Europe, for the past six years. They just published At Home Abroad: Today’s Expats Tell Their Stories, a collection inspired by the amazing expats they’ve met. They work remotely while traveling, Betsy as an editor and Mark as a data storage consultant.

10 Ways in which Travel can help overcome Depression

Posted on June 22, 2016

When we are depressed, we hide from the world. So we suffer in silence, hoping that it will go away one day. But we have a better solution for all your depression woes. And it doesn’t exist at the bottom of that pill bottle or in taking opium!

It’s called TRAVEL.

There are various things that can cause depression, and you try many different ways to get rid of it and cure yourself, be it prescription drugs or other conventional treatments. However, one thing you might not have considered is taking a vacation. Often, this can be the best cure for extreme melancholia and misery and can inspire you again. Moreover, it doesn’t have any adverse side effects commonly associated with taking drugs.

This is the reason many movies show individuals flying out or moving to new places to get away from the depression and bad memories troubling them back home. Such cases include Rambo 4, where the protagonist John Rambo has moved to Thailand to make tracks in an opposite direction from things, or Beyond Rangoon where Patricia Arquette’s character goes on an outing to Burma (Myanmar) after the demise of her significant other and child.

So in case you’re one of these individuals who feel despondent or know people who do, then here are some reasons why you should try travel to alleviate the pain.

1) Travel helps you get away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life

There are many people who suffer from depression mainly triggered by bad circumstances. For example, you had a crappy job or no job, hated your education, didn’t have a good love life/social life, which was bogging you down in life. Take a trip close to nature which will allow you to unwind and ease the pain, and as it happens in a lot of cases, help you find solutions to your life’s problems. Trust us, it can do wonders.

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2) Travel lets you see the real world

Travel, like dreams, is a door that opens from the real world into a world that is yet to be discovered. A lot of people travel not only because it is enjoyable but also because it enlightens. There are lots of amazing places, culture and cuisines to explore in the world. Your travel doesn’t have to be limited to where you live or what you read in a book, there are lots of exciting places to experience in the real world. Travelling is worth every penny you will spend because memories last forever.

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3) Travel helps you meet people from different cultures

On these travel journeys, you will discover individuals you quickly connect with. By traveling, you get the chance to meet diverse individuals from different places and varied experiences who can lend a fresh perspective to your life. The connections you build on your travels can stay forever and become your support system. Not only does traveling enhance social skills, it can make you fearless, and help you fight off any demons you have.

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4) Trying new things is always a fun

Try going on a journey full of adventurous activities: trekking, rafting, bungee-jumping, rock climbing, volcano boarding. The world is your playground. Once you will start challenging yourself and overcome your fears, the problem that’s making you depressed will seem small. Getting out of your comfort zone will give you the confidence to take on anything in life..head on!

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5) Travel can be therapeutic, relaxing, and stimulating

There’s something truly therapeutic about leaving home and traveling to somewhere you’ve never been to. To change your life, you would have to change from within. This is where perspective on travel as therapy can begin its application. It relaxes your soul and helps you get to know yourself at a spiritual level.

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6) Travel gives you the freedom to “just be yourself”

Traveling teaches you so many things – not only in a cultural way but also on a personal level. When we’re home, most of us pretend to be somebody we’re not, to fit in and ensure our daily lives go smoothly. We rarely get a chance to be ourselves, perhaps only with a very few people that we’re extremely close to. Over time, we continually ignore those little details of ourselves that really define us and eventually we forget who we really are. Traveling is a great way to know yourself and be yourself, for when you travel, most people you come across don’t know you (unless you’re a global celebrity!) so you can be who you are – no pretenses, no drama, no fear.

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7) Travel inspires you to write and express yourself

Sometimes we can get really bogged down with the issues in our lives, and travel is one thing that can unlock whole new ways for us to funnel our creative energy into something positive. Writing down your travel experiences will help you remember how great that journey made you feel. Why stop there? Start a travel blog and share your experiences with others! The love and appreciation you get would make you feel a whole lot better about yourself and your life.

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8) Food will become your best friend

One of the best things about traveling is being able to try new kinds of food. It doesn’t matter if it’s something as simple as a sandwich. Food almost always tastes different when you’re in a new city or country. And research shows that trying new cuisine works as an antidepressant. The most important thing to remember when it comes to new food is to have an open mind. You never know, you might discover your new favorite friend in the disguise of food!

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9) Travel makes you independent and strong

When you decide to travel by yourself, you already know you can be responsible enough to take care of yourself. You take your life in your own hands and you can live it as you desire. Travel teaches you to take care of yourself in any circumstances.

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10) Traveling is a life-changing experience

Travel makes you a better person and we are sure you can say the same. It helps young people (many of whom suffer from some form of depression or other these days) find a purpose in life, introduces them to new cultures and broadens their horizons. Travel has the potential to change your life forever by helping you gain new skills and discover qualities about yourself you never thought existed.

10 things to know about marrying a Nica

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10 Lifestyle changing facts when you marry a Nicaraguan

Most men who move to Nicaragua,  agree that Nicaraguan women are beautiful which in some cases can turn into a problem. For some reason women who move to Nicaragua are less able to run away with a handsome Nicaraguan stud, but there are a lot that do and return them to their home country to readjust to a new lifestyle.

Generally speaking there are a lot of good Nica husbands and Nica wives around, but a couple things  need to be pointed out so you can all behave accordingly once you plan a romantic relationship with a Nicaraguan male or female.

The biggest thing about marrying a Nica  are the culture differences, unless you’re Nicaraguan yourself. When you marry a Nica, you will run into all kinds of culture shocks that are lifestyle changing facts like:

  1. No sex before you get married, (Mostly applies to Nica women) even though this is changing fast but if you meet one of the real religious one’s, you’re possibly looking at a dry spell.
  2. If you have any drinking or hang out buddies, kiss ‘em goodbye as soon as you get into a serious relationship, jealousy will not allow for anything but your lover’s attention.
  3. Jealousy is going to be a very important part of your future married life. Jealousy can stop you from talking to anyone when in the company of your partner, from doing things that seem totally normal to you but doesn’t to your fiancée, stop you from going to places on your own or even talking on the phone with people your fiancée doesn’t personally know or trust.
  4. Convert to Catholicism. The Catholic Church is the number one religious organization in Nicaragua, so plan on going to confession before you are even allowed to get close.
  5. Being late will be absolutely normal. In Nicaragua if you still insist on being on time for a party, you might catch the host still in the shower because they don’t expect you to be on time. Not showing up at all is also common practice. When you just start dating, this seems to be a standard way of testing your interest and patience.
  6. You might inherit a child, or more than one. Many women (and men) have children at an early age so there is a high chance your mate will have children from previous relationship.
  7. You will be marrying the whole family. That means parents, brothers and sisters and all family down to the 5th generation. Family comes first, second and third. Forget about your privacy for life, unless your in-laws and family live far away.
  8. Be ready to spend  most Holidays with family. Latinos profess strong family values. SO Christmas, Easter and any other important holiday with your in-laws and other family members will be expected.
  9. Think twice about divorcing your Nicaraguan wife/Husband. Especially if you have any children. If you do as a Husband you might be paying through the nose until you kids are 25 years old (if they study). Nicaragua family law is very protective of children.If you are a wife and have any joint a$$ets, be prepared to shell out half of it as Nicaraguan law states spousal assets should be equally divided in case of divorce.
  10.  Nicaraguans are very passionate . As is the case with most latino culture, when  they meet the right person, Latinos turn extremely passionate. The value of giving everything for the other has been ingrained since early childhood. Yuu will find that most often they  always go the extra mile to please their lovers.
  11. Nicaraguan Men are very Machismo!  This has particular relevance to male sexual culture in Nicaragua. In terms of machismo, males have an “expansive and almost uncontrollable” sexual appetite, and it is their right to satisfy that desire in the ways they choose. In contrast, females are seen as an object over which the male has control. Females are expected to have only one sexual partner, none before or outside of marriage  Machismo sexual behavior is a source of pride for  Nicaraguan males and men  prove their manliness by upholding their sexual dominance.

 Relationship Tip: if you’re planning to get into a romantic relationship in Nicaragua,  better be ready to adapt to each other and go through all the culture bumps and understand that both will have to adjust. Marrying into a  family,a different culture, and  Latin traditions..In the end, just remember that, regardless of all cultural differences, love is universal. Dating  and marriage  with the right person has nothing to do with culture; it’s only about personality, chemistry and character affinity.