Monday, February 6, 2012

More about us

We are two fifty-something Canadians who have decided to break free from the day-to-day work routine and dedicate our time and energies to a more fulfilling way of life. For the last 20 years, Pat worked fulltime in the Electrical Wholesale retail world; while Debbie on the other hand, was busy in the accounting field.  Originally from Ontario, our last 8 years in Canada were spent in Halifax, Nova Scotia, enjoying fresh ocean breezes and a slower pace of life.  We have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.  So, in other words, we are ordinary people, with ordinary lives – just like you.

Five years ago, with the kids all grown up and realizing that retirement “loomed” in the near future we sat down and discussed what we thought that “future” might look like.  We decided that we really didn’t want to work until age 65 and set about finding a way to accomplish that.  We quickly realized that we wouldn’t be able to retire early in Canada – not on our potentially meager financial allowance.  It was decided that we needed to investigate the following:

  • What countries had a low cost of living?
  • Would we need to learn a new language?
  • What is the climate? Health care? Daily life like?
  • How much money would we have to live on?
After much internet research as well as picking the brains of many people (hope we didn’t hurt you!!) we determined that Nicaragua warranted further investigation.  We loved the look of the country – it had it all – mountains, ocean, city life, country life, and a low cost of living.

About the time that we started assessing our situation, we decided that we would start to learn Spanish.  We figured that we would likely need it since most of the countries with a “low cost of living” were Spanish speaking.  Learning Spanish has been a long, slow and sometimes painful process; but we finally feel that we are starting to get a handle on it.  Just in time too since we are moving February 28, 2012.

This blog is to chronicle our life in Nicaragua while living with a monthly budget of only $600.00 CDN.  Please experience the ups and downs of expat life with us as we live the simple life in Nicaragua – the land of lakes and volcanoes.