Trouble in Paradise: A Home Invasion Robbery

Trouble in Paradise: A Home Invasion Robbery

It was dark in the hallway, I heard a crash thinking it was the sound of a window shutter slamming. There were lights dancing and bobbing in the blackness. Disoriented and confused I yelled out “Hello”. The lights stopped dancing and bobbing and became pointed and direct, moving rapidly towards me. A hand covered my…

Stimulating the Senses in Nicaragua

Stimulating the Senses in Nicaragua

A Homestay Experience in a Small Fisher Village on the Nicaraguan Coast My days begin with a cacophony of animal sounds; roosters belting out their “good-morning world”, pigs snuffling about, and the occasional bark of a dog. A natural alarm clock funneling into my dreams and waking me gradually without a start. Dona Reigna opened…

On Trust & Traveling & Treasure Making

On Trust & Traveling & Treasure Making

How to Trust While Traveling: Trust Yourself Part I ~ Friendship I thought about trust a lot the other day. I was on my way to photograph a house in the Isletas. There are 300+ islands in Lake Nicaragua close to Granada. It is my favorite place to immerse myself in nature and retreat from…

A Nicaraguan Pirate Story

A Nicaraguan Pirate Story

  Part I: The Introduction He filled the doorway and peered down at me with eyes the color of the deep blue sea. “You must be Louise” he said, “Come in”. The familiarity startled me a little. It had been one of those weeks where the city water was on for just a few hours…

Hobbit Houses & Garden Glimmers

When Joe and Karen Smith first discovered their property along the Rattlesnake Creek, they were not looking for anything new. It was 1999 and during his morning coffee and paper routine Joe noticed a listing he found intriguing. At the time they had 3 remodels in town and a lot for new construction on Blue…

The Gardens of Granada, Nicaragua

The Gardens of Granada, Nicaragua

I have discovered the secret to living in Granada, Nicaragua. You have to go inside to get outside. The gardens are on the inside. Beyond the long, unrelenting facades of cobblestone streets lie tranquil places for rest. Here you can escape the heat and wallow in the cool wisps and bursts of breeze. The birds…

Street Scenes from the Casco Viejo, Panama

Street Scenes from the Casco Viejo, Panama

A wanderer and a walker, I fell for the pedestrian friendly part of Panama City. I woke early, I wandered until night, watching the changing light creep in and around the buildings highlighting activities. Street life, street scenes in the Casco Viejo with its brick lined narrow streets, its colonial buildings in various states of…

Casa Yalula ~ The Pool House of Granada

Casa Yalula ~ The Pool House of Granada

Advice to other homeowners: Know enough to stick to YOUR vision. You know what you love and you know what is right for you and what feels good to you. Have the courage to say this is important, valuable and meaningful to me. The streets of Granada, Nicaragua are lined with walls. Continual, colorful, at…

The Hidden Garden of Wellness, Costa Rica

The Hidden Garden of Wellness, Costa Rica

In the pueblo of Puerto Viejo, the Hidden Garden Wellness Center is better known to many as the ‘Round House’ or Rachel’s House. Rachel Thomas graduated from Brown University with a degree in African American Studies. After 3 years in New York City working in a community organization, she moved her life to the tropics….

The Glass Cottage of Las Lajas, Panama

A Bed and Breakfast offers a colorful option: a cottage built from recycled glass Erika and Fabio first came to Panama in 2009 with the goal of purchasing a property and eventually immigrating. Both born and raised in their hometown of Genoa, Italy, Erika worked at IKEA and Fabio in a local shipyard. They found…

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