Elisha MacKay

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Finding Opportunities in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Five years ago, fun-loving Canadian cowgirl Blue van Doorninck was searching for a place to put down roots. “I had been living in Vietnam, but there weren’t good opportunities to own land. And I wanted to be in the same time zone as my family. I also wanted to be in a culture more similar to my own. Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama all made my short list,” says Blue.

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Riding a Different Kind of Wave in Nicaragua

Five years ago, fun-loving Canadian cowgirl Blue van Doorninck was searching for a place to put down roots. “I had been living in Vietnam, but there weren’t good opportunities to own land. And I wanted to be in the same time zone as my family. I also wanted to be in a culture more similar to my own. Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama all made my short list,” says Blue.

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Cashing in on Nicaragua’s Pacific Surf

Surfing is one of the most popular reasons travelers flock to Nicaragua. The beaches in the south Pacific region benefit from an average 330 days per year of off-shore winds funneling in from Lake Nicaragua. These winds—along with almost constant deep water swells—make for near perfect surf conditions year-round.

Improving her Spanish has helped expat Elisha MacKay make the most of her Nicaraguan community.

I Couldn’t Even Ask for a Cerveza…

“Quieres una lata o botella?” the friendly pulperia owner asked as I stepped up to the window and asked for cerveza. When I arrived in Nicaragua 22 months ago the simple question of “Would you like a can or a bottle?” was far beyond my level of Spanish comprehension. Back then I could say, “good morning, good afternoon and good evening”. I could count to 10. I knew the two most frequently used words by tourists—cerveza and bano—but I certainly couldn’t use them in a sentence.

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Summer Nights in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Since our arrival in Nicaragua nearly two years ago, my husband Gordon and I have made many changes to our lifestyle…but one thing that hasn’t changed is taking time to enjoy a night out together. Although we live in the small beach town of San Juan del Sur, there’s no shortage of unique…

Life in This Beach Town Keeps Getting Better...

Life in This Beach Town Keeps Getting Better…

With our toes in the sand and mojitos in hand, my husband Gordon and I clink our glasses to another spectacular San Juan del Sur sunset. The sky is a brilliant hue of orange, yellow and red.

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“Reinvented” at 37 and Loving Life in Nicaragua

The aroma of coffee wafts through the open bedroom door. I wipe the sleep from my eyes and follow my senses to the kitchen, where I find a double espresso and a plate of fresh fruit waiting for me. My husband Gordon is making fresh-squeezed orange juice. He stops what he’s doing to give me a kiss good morning.

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