For those interested in living in Nicaragua temporarily or long term, there is always a major question that comes up: “How will I meet people?” Connecting with others in a new country is definitely an important aspect of living in another country, and certainly an important aspect when living in Nicaragua. Luckily, there is a program that exists whose sole purpose is to help expats connect with others in new countries. This program is known as InterNations.
InterNations is an online program that connects expats living in many different countries of the world. Expats can create profiles that give details that allow them to connect with other people of similar interests. For example, if you are someone who enjoys live music, you can showcase that and find others with whom you can attend live music events. Or if you are looking to put a group together to visit a natural attraction, maybe hiking one of Nicaragua’s many volcanos, you can find others who enjoy outdoor activities and visiting natural attractions. Or, if you’re just looking to meet new people in general, there are events for that too. InterNations currently has a large and established group in Managua, as well as smaller groups in Granada, León and San Juan del Sur.
I recently had the pleasure of attending an InterNations meetup event. It was held at the Peruvian restaurant Pisco in the Los Robles neighborhood of Managua. First of all, wow, the atmosphere at this place was incredible. When you walk in, the pathway is raised up above a little pool of water, and it’s like walking on a little concrete bridge. Very neat. I didn’t get a chance to explore the rest of the restaurant’s interior that much, as the event was held in their outdoor patio. Dining tables, some comfortable cushioned seating, a little grass yard and even a wading pool. Once again, the atmosphere was incredible.
The event was well attended, with maybe 20-30 people in total. It was very fun to meet so many different people. The group was very diverse, with people attending from France, Germany, the United States, India and many other places. There was a group of young men and women from the Dominican Republic I had the pleasure of meeting. Interesting side note for those who think Nicaragua is dangerous. One of the gentlemen from the Dominican Republic I talked to attended college in the United States (Baltimore), and said that he felt much safer in Nicaragua than he ever did in the United States. That’s just one man’s opinion, but something to consider for those afraid that living in Nicaragua is “too dangerous.”
I also got to talk with some fellow Americans who were in Nicaragua, some living and some traveling. One girl had just spent two weeks on the Corn Islands off of Nicaragua’s eastern coast. I had read about them and they sounded very interesting, and getting to hear her first-hand account of her time there was very enjoyable.
Also while at the event, I had the chance to try a real Peruvian treat, a Pisco Sour. It was absolutely delicious, sour and sweet all at once. It had a bit of a kick, but definitely a drink you could sip on and enjoy it while you did so. That’s one of the great things about living in Nicaragua, not only do you get exposed to the amazing Nicaraguan culture that will surround you, but you also get to experience other cultures as well.
For those who are considering living in Nicaragua, whether it be temporarily or full time, I would encourage you to sign up with InterNations to help you meet up with other expats. It definitely helped me to meet a lot of interesting and fun people, and it will surely do the same for you.