Monday, May 18, 2015

On Dating in Nicaragua

Everyone seems to ask about it eventually, so i suppose it's something you're all wondering: How's the dating scene in Nicaragua?
My Valentine's Day date.

To put it plainly, it's non-existent.

That's not to say it's going to be like that for everyone, but that's been my experience. As a single parent expatriate, men here seem to fall into one of several categories:

- Too young. Think ramblin' backpacker types.

- Too old. Think retired.

- Too drunk. Unfortunately, there aren't as many concerts or art openings or street fairs or festivals or lectures or events in general, so people's hobbies eventually turn to drinking Toña (beer) and Flor de Caña (rum) in large quantities.

- Married. Because most people who make this kind of leap to move abroad -- at my age, mid-career -- do it with someone else, and that "someone else" isn't typically a tween. 

- Living in Managua. While there is no shortage of Nicaraguan men around, most are married, and the ones who are my age and educated and perhaps divorced or not-yet-married live in the capital city, where things are a little less traditional and there are more jobs and more well-heeled restaurants and bars.

So there you have it: The characteristics of most of the mid-30's and 40's men in Nicaragua. In the end though, i don't really feel that i'm missing out on all that much, and i'm quite content. So stop asking already!

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