There are four stories and a common destiny: American, European and South American have anchored in this Nicaraguan port and want to live there forever.
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This is an interesting story from the El Nuevo Diario newspaper about four expats who have come to live in San Juan del Sur. Kelly Ann Thomas I know a little bit, she has the well-known bookstore/coffee house “El Gato Negro.”
Another of the “trapped” foreigners is an Argentinian who runs a smoothie bar called “Simon Says.” The others listed in the story are an Italian who operates a pizza place called “Pizzeria San Juan.” Finally, the story talks about Vanessa Pattison and her yoga studio called “Zen Yoga Studio.”
So that’s all well and good, at least from an expatriate’s perspective, i.e. that folks come down here, open businesses, provide a service, and are successful in their endeavors. However, the most interesting aspect of this story are the comments.
There are a few Nicaraguans, especial “NICA” commenting there that these entrepreneurs are not paying taxes, etc. The other commenters are basically telling the negative commenters that they are ignorant and should not be saying such things. Read it through if you would like to get an idea as to the attitudes that Nicaraguans have about foreigners coming here and opening businesses.
Kelly Ann actually has a great response to the negative commenter:
Kelly Thomas | 13:24 – 04/13/2014
Nica : You talk about the things you obviously have no knowledge. Go to government authorities . It will be seen that I have a legal business that is in compliance with Nicaraguan all taxes and government authorities and have had for eight and a half years I’ve lived here . I pay INSS , 15 percent VAT and 1 percent of my sales to both the DGI and the Mayor . I pay (or pay Jack Black ) imposed by a sign , a waste, and a variety of other taxes. I am one of the biggest tax payers commerciales San Juan del Sur, where most companies pay a ” flat fee ” and a business that generates four times my income pays only a hundred dollars a month in ” fixed fee .” I pay my rent with a Nicaraguan woman. I put 7 people through universities , including five employees. One of my employees did laundry for twenty dollars a week before she started working for me. Now she owns her own home and graduated with a law degree . I have had four employees working for me for over 8 years.
I must be doing something right.
My time has not been easy. I had a gun to my head twice . I was beaten with a gun in my eye, strangled and beaten and my husband was shot during home invasion in us . I have had my home in the car and stealing many times I have lost count. I have seen customs seized my books value U.S. # 2000 because the bill of lading was a misnomer. I put all my earning in this country. What hast thou done , Mister Anonymous sitting on the keyboard? What gives you the right to judge others ?
You write as if this will be Nicaraguan being a victim of oppression. If your life is not the life you want, only you can solve . You are responsible for your happiness.
God bless you Kelly Ann!