Settling In The Most Romantic City In The Americas | Kathleen Peddicord

Settling In The Most Romantic City In The Americas

Posted: 09/26/2014 7:42 am EDT Updated: 09/26/2014 7:59 am EDT

I felt like a schoolgirl playing hooky. We awoke early Friday morning, dressed, ate, and then, instead of heading to the office, we took off for the airport to catch a flight to Managua. Just Lief and me. No kids. No checked luggage. Not even our laptops. We had planned this quick escape weekend to Nicaragua spur of the moment, a romantic weekend for two, in one of our favorite countries, a place where we spent a lot of time early on in our marriage but hadn’t returned together in years.Granada,_Nicaragua_2

Almost immediately upon arrival, it all came back, all the reasons I like this country as much as I do. Nicaragua is naturally and dramatically beautiful, but lots of places are beautiful. What sets Nicaragua apart is its heart. You get the feeling, spending time here, that this country is always trying really hard to pick itself up and carry on…to make things better.

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Thanks for the article Kathleen. I appreciate your perspective on coming back to Nicaragua after you and Lief were here earlier in the 20-ought years. I knew you when you were at Rancho Santana. As someone who receives visitors here frequently, I can say lots of folks get the bug to move to Nicaragua and many are actually doing it. The lifestyle here is not for everybody, but for some it is great! Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde, Managua

4 Reasons Why Nicaragua Should be Your Next Getaway – Culture-ist

4 Reasons Why Nicaragua Should be Your Next Getaway

featured 4 Reasons Why Nicaragua Should be Your Next Getaway

This Post was originally published on the Absolute Travel Blog

read the rest at: 4 Reasons Why Nicaragua Should be Your Next Getaway – Culture-ist.

My comments:

Well, of course that is sort of the thing with “luxury hotels” which is where this story focuses. They seem to be run for wealthy clientele who don’t wish to see the poverty, corruption, etc. (To the commentors on the linked-to page) Would that be a surprise for you?

I can tell you that if you come down for a visit (and why don’t you want to see for yourself?) you will find that this country is very beautiful and the culture quite vividly real. If you want luaus, all-inclusive resorts, and mass consumerist experiences, you probably should not come to Nicaragua. It is a real place with good and bad.

My rec: Best to get the “soft landing” treatment when you are picked up at the airport, taken to your lodging, and helped along with the rest of your trip from there…and if you don’t forget “todo es una aventura” then you’ll be fine.


Kayaking to the Jungle in Nicaragua – NYTimes.com

Kayaking to the Jungle in NicaraguaKayaking to the Jungle in Nicaragua - NYTimes.com

Kayaking to the Jungle in Nicaragua – NYTimes.com.

Go while you can, as this kayaking tour advertised through the New York Times’ In Transit blog, goes through the Indio Maiz Biosphere reserve which will be traversed by the Nicaraguan Interoceanic Canal in a few years.  Construction is due to begin this year so best to book now. Of course, here at the Farmstay we could book a similar trip for much less then what you pay with the advertised tour group!

 


Alarm as Nicaragua starts canal route survey – Yahoo News

Alarm as Nicaragua starts canal route survey

Associated Press

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2013 file photo, Rodolfo Molina, an 81-year-old retired mechanic, dries rice for storage outside his home where he has lived for 40 years in Rivas, Nicaragua. Rivas is the town where the first phase of an Inter-Oceanic canal is planned to be built in 2014. Teams from the China-based HKND Group have been interviewing property owners in Rivas, alarming homeowners who fear they'll lose their homes. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix, File)
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FILE – In this Dec. 5, 2013 file photo, Rodolfo Molina, an 81-year-old retired mechanic, dries rice for storage outside his home where he has lived for 40 years in Rivas, Nicaragua. Rivas is the town where the first phase of an Inter-Oceanic canal is planned to be built in 2014. Teams from the China-based HKND Group have been interviewing property owners in Rivas, alarming homeowners who fear they’ll lose their homes. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix, File)

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Teams of assessors accompanied by soldiers and police have begun surveying properties along the route of Nicaragua’s planned interoceanic canal, taking quick steps toward the start of a vast project the country has dreamed of for more than a century.

But the process is alarming many residents, who say they fear they’ll lose their homes and receive unfair compensation.

Teams from the China-based HKND Group this month began interviewing property owners in the Brito River region in southwest Nicaragua, where the first phase of the $40 billion, 173-mile (278-kilometer) canal is supposed to be built starting late this year.

“The census is normal. We had announced that we would go house by house, farm by farm, to see what they have, what they don’t have,” Canal Commission spokesman Telemaco Talavera said Tuesday. He said the purpose is to assess the value of properties “to pay them what is just for each one.”

But some property owners have complained that the joint Chinese-Nicaraguan teams are accompanied by police or soldiers, as well as representatives of the attorney general’s office.

Read the rest here: Alarm as Nicaragua starts canal survey – Yahoo News.

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2013 file photo, Rodolfo Molina, an 81-year-old retired mechanic, dries rice for storage outside his home where he has lived for 40 years in Rivas, Nicaragua. Rivas is the town where the first phase of an Inter-Oceanic canal is planned to be built in 2014. Teams from the China-based HKND Group have been interviewing property owners in Rivas, alarming homeowners who fear they'll lose their homes. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix, File)

FILE – In this Dec. 5, 2013 file photo, Rodolfo Molina, an 81-year-old retired mechanic, dries rice for storage outside his home where he has lived for 40 years in Rivas, Nicaragua. Rivas is the town where the first phase of an Inter-Oceanic canal is planned to be built in 2014. Teams from the China-based HKND Group have been interviewing property owners in Rivas, alarming homeowners who fear they’ll lose their homes. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix, File)

 

So here is where the first major challenge is with this “canal project.” I put quotation marks on it because if I were to guess, this is just a way for the current Nicaraguan government to get back into the land confiscation business, albeit this time with a veneer of legitimacy due to the outlandish terms of the agreement made with HKND, the Chinese firm that has the contract to build and operate the canal.

I find it interesting that  the path of the proposed canal also happens to be some of the most highly valued properties in Nicaragua. Lakefront, oceanfront, along the corridors of movement of goods and people, etc.

 


Surfing Vacation – Cheap – Family Vacation – Nicaragua Forum – TripAdvisor

3. Re: Surfing Vacation – Cheap – Family Vacation

Aug 24, 2014, 2:01 PM

Greetings Colleen:

I think the best setup as far as comfortable beach vacations for a surfing family would be renting a house. The first place that comes to mind is Playa Iguana near Tola. There are several rentals there on offer. In addition to vrbo, flipkey, etc. check the local craigslist too. There are two great breaks right there and it is close to several more. Another similar place that in my mind is even better as the views are outstanding is Rancho Santana.

More of the obvious possibilities are San Juan del Sur, Popoyo, Playa Gigante, etc.

Then there are the Top Four Off-the-Beaten Path Surfing and Fishing Villages…

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Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde, Managua

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Best Nicaragua Surfing Vacations

Some of the best Nicaragua surfing vacations can be booked right here with El Porton Verde! With our extensive network of small beachfront inns and private homes to rent, your dream tropical surf vacation can be made into a reality!

For more surf vacation ideas, see Top Four Off-the-Beaten-Path Surfing and Fishing Villages. As I wrote on that post, there are some really nice surf spots in Nicaragua that are not very well known and most of the surfers do not make it to those areas.

A little secret from one of the “Nicaragua Insiders” is that even though I wrote about four different places, there are at least a half-dozen more that I did not mention that meet the same general criteria! You can’t expect me to leave it all out there hanging in the wind so-to-speak, did you?

Okay, I will give you one more not in the “Top Four.” Salinas Grandes, in the department of Leon. A really fine open beachbreak when on, smaller surf preferred. Another “end-of-the-road” type of place. There are a few places to stay now and a gorgeous sunset is practically guaranteed!

As vianica.com puts it:

Salinas Grande Beach can be the best choice for those who are looking for a rarely frequented beach with great waves and wants to be in touch with nature.

We can’t (and won’t!) argue with that!


Projects – WeVol Inc.

Current WeVol Projects:

Nicaragua assessment:

The WeVol team is currently assessing project opportunities in Nicaragua.  Please stay tuned for more information on prospective projects – more will be known and posted in early September.

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So cool that the Farmstay just hosted the WeVol Projects team! We couldn’t be any more thrilled to meet such fine people who want to share their passion with folks here in Nicaragua.