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I have watched it many times. It is such an amazing story of an unlikely connection with another being. And he can take me places I will never go. I also spoke with him a bit about his experience with the spirit bear. Once the bear had accepted him as no threat he was able to spend time very close by.

 

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The Russian Sputnik vaccine arrived in Nicaragua, sufficient to vaccinate half the population which means everyone over 18, and one of my friends said that vaccinations began today, starting with the geriatric, heart patients, people on dialysis, and some others with preexisting conditions.   My ex-landlord told me that vaccines would start in March when we went down to Managua to turn in the residency renewal paperwork.

 

On the renewal of residencies -- at least three other people in various parts of Nicaragua are still waiting, too, so dunno, but Migracion may be realizing that requiring us to show up in Managua every six months is going to get old.  Heard from an expat friend that first phone calls will begin this month.  Cost is $500 for five years or, if they keep to the every six months schedule, $50 every six months.

 

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On 03/03/2021 at 01:59, MizBrown said:

On the renewal of residencies

If you plan on staying so long, will you apply for citizenship? you would then have dual nationality, or doesn't it work like that over there.

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34 minutes ago, PAL Media said:

If you plan on staying so long, will you apply for citizenship? you would then have dual nationality, or doesn't it work like that over there.

 

One does not need citizenship. It's permanent residency (PR) that's needed. Either way, it's not straight forward. At least not in Australia if you're over 52.

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3 hours ago, PAL Media said:

If you plan on staying so long, will you apply for citizenship? you would then have dual nationality, or doesn't it work like that over there.

 

Technically we're supposed to renounce other citizenships when we become Nicaraguan citizens.  So far, the US hasn't accepted this unless we do an official renunciation at the Embassy and sign off and pay projected taxes.  For now, the Nicaraguans have been ignoring that those who got Nicaraguan citizenship haven't renounced our other citizenship(s), but in the past, they didn't check to see if we were living where we said we were living, either.  Then they did.   The official Nicaraguan publication of new citizens says that we have renounced, but as one friend who does have both passports said, he didn't sign anything and has voted in Nicaraguan elections but not US ones.

 

People married to Nicaraguans don't have to renounce their citizenships in other countries. 

 

I have permanent residency as a pensioner, but have to renew my cedula (residency card) every five years or every six months, depending.   I plan to stay here until I can't. 

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3 hours ago, gvallee said:

 

One does not need citizenship. It's permanent residency (PR) that's needed. Either way, it's not straight forward. At least not in Australia if you're over 52.

 

It's fairly straightforward in Nicaragua if you are over 45 and won't be working and have at least $1K US a month coming in from a government pension, or at least $1500 coming in from private investments, or plan to invest $30K or more in a business in Nicaragua (somewhat less straight-forward.  The only people I've heard of getting permission to work for a Nicaraguan concern are people teaching English.

 

Nicaraguan citizenship is useful in that anyone who has it doesn't have to make the trip to Managua to renew and can work legally, but you have to have had residency before applying.  And hope that neither government decides to get cranky over the other citizenship.   Most US renunciations appear to be over paying taxes on incomes over $90K regardless of country of residency if one is a US citizen, so to renounce, you have to pay estimated future taxes and have at least the legal equivalent of "permanent leave to remain" in the other country, preferably citizenship.

 

Nicaraguan citizenship is a one off payment of $500 US.  I've heard that anyone over 65 or 70 doesn't have to demonstrate proficiency in Spanish.  Anyone younger does and also has to pass a test in Spanish on Nicaraguan history.  I think the government likes collecting $500 US every five years or $50 every six months for residency renewals.

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My son made it to Kansas last Saturday. He found a house to rent temporarily yesterday. He’s staying with me most of the time until he gets the house rental keys in a week.

All is good.

After a February that set records for cold, the weather now is warm, sunny and beautiful. A person could get whiplash from the sudden weather changes around here.

Next up....tornado season, with May being the most dangerous month, typically. But nothing seems typical these days.

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4 hours ago, MizBrown said:

 

It's fairly straightforward in Nicaragua if you are over 45 and won't be working and have at least $1K US a month coming in from a government pension, or at least $1500 coming in from private investments, or plan to invest $30K or more in a business in Nicaragua (somewhat less straight-forward.  The only people I've heard of getting permission to work for a Nicaraguan concern are people teaching English.

 

Nicaraguan citizenship is useful in that anyone who has it doesn't have to make the trip to Managua to renew and can work legally, but you have to have had residency before applying.  And hope that neither government decides to get cranky over the other citizenship.   Most US renunciations appear to be over paying taxes on incomes over $90K regardless of country of residency if one is a US citizen, so to renounce, you have to pay estimated future taxes and have at least the legal equivalent of "permanent leave to remain" in the other country, preferably citizenship.

 

Nicaraguan citizenship is a one off payment of $500 US.  I've heard that anyone over 65 or 70 doesn't have to demonstrate proficiency in Spanish.  Anyone younger does and also has to pass a test in Spanish on Nicaraguan history.  I think the government likes collecting $500 US every five years or $50 every six months for residency renewals.

 

Ah Ok, you're better off than us MizBrown, we are battling to get PR. For over 52, the only way to get it is via a very expensive retirement/investment visa (A$13,000 per person) renewable every 4 years. You need 2 renewals at least to be allowed to apply to PR whose fee has just gone up and is around A$ 80,000 for 2 persons. Thing is, they have discontinued the retirement visa we're on 2 years ago. Our case has been raised to Home Affairs in Canberra via our MP. Next renewal in a year and a bit... I believe citizenship would be next to impossible to get and it would not give us much, so we're not chasing it. I refuse to contemplate having to leave Oz.

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20 hours ago, gvallee said:

 

Ah Ok, you're better off than us MizBrown, we are battling to get PR. For over 52, the only way to get it is via a very expensive retirement/investment visa (A$13,000 per person) renewable every 4 years. You need 2 renewals at least to be allowed to apply to PR whose fee has just gone up and is around A$ 80,000 for 2 persons. Thing is, they have discontinued the retirement visa we're on 2 years ago. Our case has been raised to Home Affairs in Canberra via our MP. Next renewal in a year and a bit... I believe citizenship would be next to impossible to get and it would not give us much, so we're not chasing it. I refuse to contemplate having to leave Oz.

It's starting to sound familiar to someone who has just had his EU nationality, not to put too fine a point on it, stolen. In its place is nothing. We now need various documents and there's a 90-day limit on stays in the EU. It's cold outside.

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14 hours ago, spacecadet said:

It's starting to sound familiar to someone who has just had his EU nationality, not to put too fine a point on it, stolen. In its place is nothing. We now need various documents and there's a 90-day limit on stays in the EU. It's cold outside.

Just watched a building makeover programme where a UK couple restored a French chateau as an up market B&B. Dread to think what their situation is now.

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Got all my Onion Sets in this morning, came back from my morning trundle to find my local friendly Jackdaws had pulled them all out!! They are now back in and netted.🙂

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19 minutes ago, aphperspective said:

Got all my Onion Sets in this morning, came back from my morning trundle to find my local friendly Jackdaws had pulled them all out!! They are now back in and netted.🙂

 

Have mine ready but the ground is still too cold and wet here for planting.  I may start some of them off in pots. Coincidentally, I went for a short spin on the bike this morning and saw someone potting up sets in their back garden.

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Got the Oxford.

Very efficient setup at a pharmacist a mile away. And a doctor who appreciated my T-shirt with the unverified health claim.

It's now my vaccination clothing of choice.

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I feel a bit tired now but that may be down to waking up early. Anyway if there are any side-effects I intend to blame the wine.

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A year ago in March I was cat-sitting for a woman who had traveled to Europe. She had to come back early because of the pandemic. All of my bookings stopped at that point. This weekend I am working for her again. She is not in Europe, of course, but I now have a few people who are traveling in the US and my business is fine.

 

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Bought tickets for a folk concert scheduled for October. Almost sold out, couldn't get two seats together.

 

Fingers crossed it goes ahead.

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Unpacked a box that was delivered by DHL yesterday, contents checked out OK, not damaged on its trip from India. It was a μBitx Ver 6 amateur radio QRP (low power) radio transceiver kit. It's for use with my amateur radio hobby for which I hold a full license. It's been a hobby of mine on and off since I was around 15, and has been neglected for around the last 10 - 12 years.

 

Not so good, after patching up a section of my garden fence yet again, the repairs have only lasted until the next heavy winds. Have just ordered 2 panels and 3 posts to undertake a long term repair.

 

Then off for a walk in the local hills before rain potentially falls later this afternoon.

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2 hours ago, Bryan said:

Bought tickets for a folk concert scheduled for October. Almost sold out, couldn't get two seats together.

 

Fingers crossed it goes ahead.

 

Subject to no further lockdowns later this year I hope to visit my sister in Yorkshire. I could time it for when the Peatbog Faeries are playing at Settle's Victoria Hall. It's only a short drive from where I stay. They've played there before, as have many interesting musicians and bands. Settle is an interesting small town too.

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I got my Mom booked for her first dose of the vaccine!!

 

And Molly the cat update...her kidneys are not failing, her thyroid was just out of whack so the permakitten will make it to 16 years in 2 weeks time.

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Dog is better.  Cat is better but still not completely.  Both will be going back to the vet's for followup on Monday.  Should be getting the stimulus deposit if things go as they did for the $600 deposited earlier and since spent on vet bills and one piece of furniture that can't be as damaged by Lola leaking if she does continue with that, though she's now much less leaky.  Got cash out of the bank for that and to pay Luis for walking Lola this week, bought some packaged beef at Carne San Martin, and sent Luis off with C$120 and a plastic egg box for eggs from someone who has hens in her back yard in town.

 

Still no word on renewal.  If it goes well, I'll order another piece of furniture from my neighbor.  Good guess is that people are being trained to give vaccinations at this point and getting that done for Nicaraguans is top priority, and getting things done for foreigners from the US isn't.

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3 hours ago, sb photos said:

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Not so good, after patching up a section of my garden fence yet again, the repairs have only lasted until the next heavy winds. Have just ordered 2 panels and 3 posts to undertake a long term repair.

 

 

I've had to replace or repair numerous wooden fenceposts at the allotments and in the garden.  People do insist on using concrete to install them, I do wish that they wouldn't.  When you come to repair, by placing a spur alongside, or replace, you have to spend an age chiselling out the old concrete, while, sure as eggs, the post rots just above the concrete. The recommended technique for farmers etc is to use rammed gravel, which provides some drainage and is much easier to remove when, inevitably, the post does need attention.

 

I seem to recall having this conversation once before?

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34 minutes ago, Bryan said:

 

I've had to replace or repair numerous wooden fenceposts at the allotments and in the garden.  People do insist on using concrete to install them, I do wish that they wouldn't.  When you come to repair, by placing a spur alongside, or replace, you have to spend an age chiselling out the old concrete, while, sure as eggs, the post rots just above the concrete. The recommended technique for farmers etc is to use rammed gravel, which provides some drainage and is much easier to remove when, inevitably, the post does need attention.

 

I seem to recall having this conversation once before?

Yes, the criticism of my concrete fence posts still smarts....😁

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1 hour ago, Thyrsis said:

Was given the most amazing box of handmade chocolates for Mother’s Day.

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They look almost, but not quite, entirely unlike chocolates.

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9 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

They look almost, but not quite, entirely unlike chocolates.

They are like a box of chocolate Pollocks! 😉 And taste amazing! 

 

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