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I am a volunteering at the Proyecto de Las Mujeres Ambientalistas in Estelí, Nicaragua. I retired from Eastman Kodak Co. in Rochester, NY in 2005. I have been living and studying Spanish and the culture since 2007 part time and full time since June of 2008.

  • Hometown

    New York

  • Location now

    Esteli, Nicaragua

  • Work published

    Cape Canaveral, Florida

  • Travel philosophy

    I travel to Spanish speaking countries. I enroll in a Spanish school for a month or more in the total immersion programs. I then live with local families and pay for my room and board through the school that I am attending along with my tuition.

  • Craziest place

    Dominical, Costa Rica

  • Bizarre experience

    I lived in the house of a city government offical / lawyer in Juigalpa, Nicaragua. They only had running water in the nighttime and the bathroom was outside. The mother of the house handed me a bed pan and told me to use it in my bedroom and not to got outside to use the bathroom because it was too dangerous at night. It was the filthiest, fly and mosquito ridden place I had every seen. Yet, the daughter was my Spanish teacher (very good, by the way) and they had high speed internet with which I used my magicJack to call the USA with a crystal clear connection!

  • Advice

    When in a third world country carry your passport in a special holder around your neck, under your shirt. And only keep a small amount of money in your debit card bank account.

  • Dream destination

    The east coast of central Africa along the Indian Ocean.

  • Traveled before

    Spain, France, Italy, Sicily, Tunisia, Panama, Costa Rica, Canada, Nicaragua, Los Angeles, most of the east coast of the USA.

  • Going next

    I'd like to go to Mexico, Columbia or Argentina.

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