Nicaraguans don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be turkey in San Juan del Sur today. For those expats, travellers and tourists looking to get their turkey fix there are plenty of options.
From 5 pm BIG WAVE DAVES will be serving roast turkey and all the trimmins’ at a cost of C$300 ($11.53 USD) per person.
CHA CHA CHA is hosting their 1st Annual Thanksgiving Dinner today. Their traditional dinner comes with a slice of pumpkin pie. It’s an extra special one at Cha Cha Cha today because brothers and owners Steven and Glenn are spending Thanksgiving with their parents – something that hasn’t happened in a long time!
For those looking for a finer dining experience PALERMO HOTEL AND RESORT is a great place to go, but at $25.00, plus tax per person it is the priciest option.
PELICAN EYES HOTEL AND RESORT is offering appetizing choices at a price of $19.99, plus tax per person.
And last, but not certainly not least SAN JUAN DEL SUR CERVECERIA is also hosting Thanksgiving dinner. Smoked turkey, deep fried turkey or ham, buttermilk mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, crispy onion green beans, gravy, jamaica glaze and homemade pie and ice cream for dessert all for just C$400 per person ($15.38 USD).
Since we were in Mexico for Canadian Thanksgiving, we are especially happy to be celebrating American Thanksgiving today at our friend’s home with 10 of our close expat pals.
What’s funny and interesting about this American Thanksgiving celebration is that there will only be 4 Americans seated at our table. Today we have representation from Canada, Holland, Ireland and New Zealand. Sharing unique holiday celebrations from around the globe is just one of the many reasons we love living in San Juan del Sur.
Wherever you are in the world we’d like to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Being semi-retired and living on a fixed income means vacations don’t happen as nearly as often as they used to. In fact, it’s been 3 1/2 years since Gordon and I enjoyed a proper holiday together.
When we lived in Canada we dreamt of vacations where we basked in the sun while sipping cold cervezas on beautiful beaches. Now that basking in the sun while sipping cold cervezas on beautiful beaches is a regular occurrence an ideal vacation for Gordon and I is something entirely different.
After much discussion, quite a bit of research and consideration of recommendations from friends we decided to take a trip to Mexico City.
Now that we aren’t working full time we don’t have extra cash to spend on vacations like we did when we lived in Canada. One of the reasons we chose Mexico City was the affordability factor.
We flew from Managua to Mexico City with a quick layover in El Salvador. Round trip tickets through Avianca cost just over $500 USD per person, but beginning in December AeroMexico is offering direct flights from Managua for even less.
We booked a two bedroom apartment through Airbnb. After applicable fees we ended up paying $75 USD per night.
Food and drink cost a bit more in Mexico City than it does here in Nicaragua, but much less than in Canada. Average cost of a beer in a bar was $3 USD, with a typical sit down lunch or dinner in a restaurant priced between $8 and $10 USD. At $2 USD a full meal from a street or market vendor was much cheaper.
If you’re an expat living in Nicaragua longing to see something new a trip to Mexico City might just work you.
We covered a lot of ground while in Mexico City. With so much to do and so many cool sites to see it wasn’t hard to fill two weeks.
Some of our trip highlights include…
…riding bicycles on Paseo de la Reforma…
…visiting the pyramids…
…eating lunch in a cave…
…spending time with our friends Tom and Hannah…
…strolling through incredible parks…
…and going to the movies.
Yes, that’s right going to the movies!
Oh and how could I forget?
We really enjoyed our time away and I especially enjoyed having some new sights to photograph (and in turn be able to share them with you).
…it’s good to be back.
Back to our miniature schnauzer Maggie…back to our friends…and back to our home and slow paced life on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua.