The best reasons to move to Nicaragua are for your health and sanity and not to end up ever in an old age home.
Moving to Nicaragua was healthier because you don’t worry about your finances, you’re more of a people person than you have ever been, and there are so many ways that you can help people. We have huge volunteer organizations here and to be able to give is very healthy. You donate your time or some money to some homeless kid in the street that lowers your blood pressure. That’s my experience.
When I buy 5 packs of bubblegum (which costs me $1.20) I pass it out to 25 kids and I get 25 smiles. I get 25 smiles for less than 5 quarters. They’re so happy over a piece of gum. You try to make an American 12 year old a piece of gum they won’t look at you.
When you move to Nicaragua, you realize how little you need to survive. You realize you don’t need the 90” flat screen TV. However, with the Internet, I’m not out of touch. Nicaragua has been good to me.
There are just people who are negative; that’s the bottom line. If you don’t know Spanish, it’s a handicap. If you’re not Spanish-speaking at all and you don’t bother going to school to learn or learn on line—there’s many sites where you can learn Spanish—just every day stuff for communication, you won’t be as happy. If you go to the tourist places you have this English everywhere but if you move to the mountains it’s a different lifestyle here.
People are so nice here, even though they’re so poor. Today I saw a woman who had flowers. I stopped my jeep and I said, “Your flowers are so beautiful”.
She said “Yes, a friend gave me a gift. And then said, “Would you like to have them?”
Now, I was dying for those flowers because you can plant them.
Then one of my workers asked, “Why didn’t you take the flowers?”
And I said, “Because it was a gift to her and not to me”. The people are like that. They’ll give, give, give. They’re so poor but they’ll give you what they have. I’ve traveled expensively and these are some of the nicest people in the world. They really are.
Relative to how moving to Nicaragua can keep you out of a nursing home, it costs $6,000 a month in some one star places in the US where you wouldn’t want to step in the door. I saw an old friend pass away in an old-age home and I tell you, it’s no fun. I’d rather be in my bed and be surrounded by my Nicaraguans here. I would rather be where I am where I pay my help a hundred dollars per month per person and establish more of a personal relationship and be better taken care of.
In the US, I had money that wouldn’t have lasted me 3 years. Instead of staying in the US, I bought a farm and I’m building a hotel in Nicaragua. I’m doing things that would be impossible to do in the US.
(Children in Nicaragua, pictured.)