3 Reasons Why I’d Rather Save Trees Than Euros
Olle van den Boom recently moved from his home country, the Netherlands, to Nicaragua to join ECI Development for a 3-month internship, which ended just a few weeks ago. His last name literally means “from the tree”, which is interesting since he works with trees.
American “Economic Refugees” Are Increasingly Retiring Abroad
Cynthia and Edd Stanton tell how they are enjoying a higher quality of life with a lower cost of living by retiring in Ecuador. While seemingly paradoxical, it really is possible to live better for less overseas.
The Main Features of Healthcare in Argentina
Whether you are relocating to Argentina, or just traveling there for a vacation, it is important to understand the Argentine healthcare system. Argentina has three different levels of medical care, and even in the private sector, it is quite affordable by North American standards.
Top Reasons to Spend The Holidays on Ambergris Caye, Belize
As part of tradition, many folks like to be home for the holidays to spend time with family and friends, sit down to a nice dinner, exchange gifts and celebrate the season together. But spending the holidays elsewhere can also be a great way to engage in and learn more about different cultures and their holiday traditions.
Halloween in Belize
On November 2nd, many countries in Central America celebrate “All Souls’ Day” or “Day of the Dead”. This day is a remembrance of the dearly departed with prayers and feasting on the first anniversary of the death, and then every November on the “Day of the Dead”. In Belize, however, the Halloween tradition mirrors the North American Halloween with celebrations, festivities, extravagant and scary costumes, and of course trick-or-treating.
Visiting Nicaragua in 2019?
The country of Nicaragua has been one of the most enticing destinations for tourists when it comes to R & R, exploring and sightseeing, and for adventure and thrill-seekers. But many travelers put the brakes on traveling to Nicaragua last year in April 2018 due to the political unrest – rallies and demonstrations against the government’s proposed reforms, the Nicaragua Canal, and other important factors.
Spend the Holiday Season in Nicaragua
The Dry Season in Nicaragua begins in November with sunny days, mild temperatures, and low humidity. This is the perfect time for exploring the colonial cities, beaches, volcanoes and nature reserves the country is so famous for. And because Nicaragua’s middle name is “Adventure Tourism”, it’s the ideal place to vacation in during December. The Christmas season in Nicaragua is a celebration that all Nicaraguans eagerly anticipate.
We recently had the pleasure of having Mr. Olle van den Boom for a 3-month internship at Gran Pacifica. He recently moved from the Netherlands, his home country, to Nicaragua to assist with the Teak farm. It’s quite interesting since he informed us that his last name literally means “from the tree”. After doing his own research on Teak, he gave us some very compelling reasons as to why he would rather own Teak than Euros.
Many folks have been contemplating retiring overseas for many years. Everyone has their own reasons for living outside the US, and when you finally decide to take the plunge, life as you know it becomes different. But different in so many positive ways. Cynthia and Edd Stanton tell how they are enjoying a higher quality of life with a lower cost of living by retiring in Ecuador. It really is possible to live better for less overseas. I know from first-hand experience, given that my wife and I raised our daughters in Latin America for 14 years.
Medical care in Latin America is one of the most significant reasons folks are looking at retiring abroad. Healthcare is much more affordable and healthcare standards along with state-of-art technology, superb. For example, Argentina’s healthcare system has three different levels of medical care, which are much more affordable compared to North America’s standards.
The end of 2019 is fast approaching, with the holidays in plain sight. How will you spend your holidays this year? If you are someone who has always stayed at home or only traveled locally to see family and friends, how about starting a new tradition in 2019? Immersing yourself in a different culture and experiencing first-hand other traditions is something everyone should do at least once in their life. Celebrating your holidays in Ambergris Caye is sure to start a new tradition, and it’s never too late to try something
Here in the Caye, we also have frightful festivities in October. Belize’s Halloween mirrors North America’s Halloween with the costumes, parties, and trick-or-treating. There are many towns in Belize that conjure up some fantastic parties and elaborate and scary costumes that make “ghoul watching” a fun event.
Now, many of you are asking if it is safe to travel to Nicaragua again. Even though progress has been slow and the current situation here is still not ideal, you can still come and visit. There has been some progress made lately in Nicaragua’s safety and political situation, and there are still many folks who enjoy traveling to this beautiful country, especially this time of year.
As the Christmas and holiday season approaches, we all start making our traditional plans to spend time with loved ones, open gifts and spread some holiday cheer to others. For anyone who’s looking to spice up their festivities this year, consider immersing yourself in the holiday tradition of Nicaragua. Learn more about this fascinating culture, taste all the delights of the season, and see how this country comes alive during this very special time of year.
Until next time,
” ECI is just a solid, wholesome company. You meet the founders, and the people, and they’re just happy. You know anything Mike Cobb tells you, you can take to the bank. It’s like your brother telling you, or even better. This is my first trip to Gran Pacifica, and it just feels like home the moment you get here. Very comfortable, just like old time United States. It has the sense of community that people lost in the US, and I think that’s the most important thing. You really can’t put a dollar value on it, but you know it when you see it, and it’s here.
Coming from a construction background, I can see that everything here is built to last, and there are a lot of little details that were thought of. Looking at the growth here, it really seems to be a solid investment, and it’s also just such a great atmosphere. It’s hard to put words to. It’s really the whole mix of things, trustworthy, common sense people, great climate, real community, and sensible growth. Mike Cobb is a person with a dream, and he’s really making that dream happen here. That’s something you don’t find every day.”