Tuesday, March 26, 2013

My Sister's Dream Project!

I am publishing this little article for my sister, She wrote it, and wants to share with all of you, her wonderful little project!

The first time I came to Nicaragua I came to do market research for a business proyect I was thinking about. I spent about 7 months here and fell in-love with the country and its people and the way of life. It is not a touristy place like Costa Rica, or full of amazing ruins to climb like Guatemala, it is still vastly un-touched by modern comforts and this appealed to me.
The transition between ubber-geek-love-my-lap-top-what-will-I-do-with-out-Internet-chick into the person that now finds it part of daily life to cook with wood or deal with the fact the electricity went out or that we are going to stay somewhere without electric power or water, was challenging to say the least. However I have discovered that I amaze myself at what I never thought possible and how easy it was to adapt.
So making the decision to move here permanently and open and B&B was both the easiest and the hardest decision ever.  I thought it was going to be smooth, come with a marketing plan and lets get it done! NOT! From the moment I left I was presented with challenges, the hardest one was finding out at the airport on the way here that my business partner had to back out and I was on my own.  Sink or swim used to say a mentor I had and I decided to swim!
I landed in Managua with less then a ½ of the money planned and came straight to Leon. The first few days I thought I couldn´t catch my breath, was it stress or the heat? It was hard to tell. I have always been fortunate to have angels that come in different forms and this time it was in the form of my friend Rigo. Rigo helped me get organized, get out there and start looking at places to turn into our B&B, he argued with every local in town looking for the best pricing on everything, we made lists and checked them twice, slept on the floor when we found a place to save the hotel money for investing into our plans.
It blows my mind away what we accomplished in 4 weeks; we are now ready to start booking guests, we are still working on some projects but have 4 bedroom suites with private bathrooms available for weary travellers looking to hang out with locals and an ex-pat Canadian. Posada la Gordita as it is becoming know is open for business.



Located in the heart of the colonial Zaragoza district of central Leon, Nicaragua, Posada la Gordita offers a home away from home, with comfortable beds, clean rooms, private and shared bathrooms and breakfast included. 


We are close to everything, bars, restaurants, markets, supermarkets, parks, ice cream shops and within walking distance of all the tourist attractions. Our rates go from $25/night in a room with a shared bathroom including breakfast, free WIFI, coffee all day, linens and towels, use of fridge, TV, cable and much much more.
Check out our site at www.posadalagordita.com
Email us and enquire about our weekly rates.

Cheers,
Viviana

4 comments:

Rebecca said...

Congrats to your sister on going for her dream.

Dayhomemama said...

Thank you Becky, I think it takes courage to do something like that, considering all her life she has been in Winnipeg!

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