The concept of Nicaraguans as greedy, money hungry people...
I wish I could have portrayed this to people in Nica Living, who keep insulting Nicaraguans while claiming they are "Nica." Maybe it is the way these people represent themselves that gives them such a xenophobic perception of Nicaraguans. That has not yet been my experience.
Today, once again I Skyped with a man my husband befriended in Nicaragua. Ever since my husband disappeared into the bowels of DME and asylum, this wonderful man has been Skyping me, knowing of my worry over my husband's case.
We are fortunate to have many Nicaraguan friends, who in spite of the assumption everyone has stated (that they all want money) have offered to pay for attorneys, his rent, and so many other expenses, even when I insist I can pay. THIS has been done out of the kindness of their hearts, knowing most likely, that I make an enough income and can afford these expenses. They have offered me so many services and never asked for one dime in return!
I'm convinced some of these people in Nica Living, who live in North American enclaves do not understand the way they are perceived while living in those sheltered communities, and that it keeps the people of Nicaragua suspicious of them. I've been told this over and over, by people in Mexico while living there, my husband's family in El Salvador, and now, my Nicaraguan friends. You cannot become "one with the people" if you fear them enough to live away from them.
It was never my husband's nor my intention to move to any expatriate community in Nicaragua. We have never lived that way in any of the countries either one of us have lived. To me, it seems highly ridiculous not to learn Spanish, reach out to the people of a country, and learn about the place you live. And I assume that this may be the reason we have been blessed with good people's friendship in Nicaragua and so many offers to help us.
Now, I'm sure that like any other country, outside of our friendships, there will be the usual need for paying "mordida" to move services along, to motivate some government workers, and many other reasons which follow in line with most Latin American countries. But to imply that each and every Nicaraguan is this way offends me. I've met too many already who have not only offered my husband free rides, but free information, free dinners, so much help for not one dime. These people took my husband in immediately and offered him hope there, possibly realizing he is a genuine and good person too. And I hope that when this process is over, we can return those kindnesses. Maybe people should THINK about the reasons they move to a country before they relocate. If you are terrified of a culture of people, then why bother moving to their country? Retire somewhere, or invest somewhere that you can feel comfortable, otherwise you become the paranoid personalities I've seen in that site.