When a person looks back on their life, they sometimes refer to having "started a new chapter" but it's not often that in the moment you know that it is happening. My life recently took a change that is bigger than a new chapter, it's more like closing the book and starting the next in the series... and I knew full well that I was closing one and starting the next.
After 10 years of building a professional career in the IT industry, I desired a break. I tired of cubicles, 3am on-call work and that the only sun I sometimes saw all day ended with Microsystems. Drinking Mt Dew, eating Doritos and trying to figure out what Bill Gates' creation was thinking 60 hrs per week was not my dream job.
Of course, big change is hard to do... sometimes you've got to be pushed into it. My push was more like a kick in the rear when my employer became one of the biggest bank failures of 2009. Since I worked in the corporate office, I got a front row seat to the nitty gritty of "The Great Recession". FDIC seizure, asset sale, new owners... then liquidation and layoffs.
Fast forward a few months and I've stumbled upon what appears to be the perfect fit job on Craigslist... Basically an Operations Manager position for an American company's foreign operations. It's a big change from IT, but I think I'm uniquely qualified, and I'm certain that I can beat out all competitors. After couple of interviews, I convinced the company of that as well and I got the job. Next was the big change, 'uprooting' my life to live full time in Nicaragua.
Back to present day, my wife and I have now been here 11 weeks. My culture shock was lighter than happens to most since I've spent 8 months in Central America prior to this move and I'm fluent in Spanish. My wife had none at all since she is from here originally.
I've eagerly read about all of y'all's travels and experiences, so I wanted to share some of mine for anyone interested in what life is like for a gringo transplanted to Nicaragua. My new hobby is photography, mostly nature and landscapes, but I'm also trying to capture what strikes me as oddities and absurdities, so expect to be surprised by some posts. Lastly, I've been interested in 'travel writing' so this will give me a place to practice and develop such skills (constructive criticism appreciated).