From our introduction to MOON LIVING ABROAD IN NICARAGUA (Avalon Travel Publishing, 2nd edition 2010, by Randall Wood & Joshua Berman):
Is Nicaragua right for you? The first thing to consider is that, despite the recent hype, an extended or permanent stay in Nicaragua is a bold and major lifestyle change. It would be wrongâ€”and seriously misguidedâ€”to expect living in Nicaragua to be remotely similar to settling in a more traditional warm-weather retreat, like Florida or Costa Rica, for example, and the process of determining whether Nicaragua is your cup of tea should not be taken lightly.
The first question you should ask is: “Why am I moving to Nicaragua?” If your answer has to do with something you read in a real estate brochure, flashy magazine article, or get-rich-quick scheme you found online, then you’ve got some more research to do. If your answer has to do with curiosity, adventure, learning Spanish, starting a long-term business, or retiring to a more relaxed lifestyle, you’re on the right track.
This book does not purport to “sell” you on living in Nicaragua and it does not turn a blind eye to reality. Rather, it will provide you some researched facts and the insight and experience of the authors, whose relationship with Nicaragua dates to the previous century: we have both worked and lived in Nicaragua since 1998; Randy married a Nicaraguan and built a home there, dealing with contractors and every bureaucrat in the city. Joshua (a.k.a. JosuÃ©) has led service trips and film crews around the country and continues to seek its untold stories.
In addition, our combined network of expatriate friends and colleagues, from long-term expats and extended volunteers to spouses and entrepreneurs, played an enormous part in the writing of Moon Living Abroad in Nicaragua and making sure that this book represents a range of experiences and opinions.