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November 9, 2016

Ethereal Experiences via Cruise Ship to Sacred Cities

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Rent From $400 a Month in This Affordable Colonial City 
By Bonnie W. Hayman

Beautiful baroque churches adorn street corners. Magnificent colonial buildings recall times past. The warm climate and a dynamic and exciting vibe are drawing the attention of expats to this historic city in Nicaragua. 

So much history took place in Leon: It was the capital of Nicaragua for many years, it's home to the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, the second oldest university in Central America founded in 1518, and is considered the intellectual and political center of the country. 

The city wears its culture proudly but also embraces the modern world with its chic clothing stores, avant-garde murals painted all over city walls, and edgy coffee shops and nightclubs. It's an artsy city. It's a thinking city. It's a fun city.

Leon always buzzes with activity. Walk through this city of over 200,000 people and marvel at the interwoven tapestry between the old and the new. You can sit in a health-food restaurant having a carrot and orange smoothie while gazing at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of Leon (the largest church in Central America). Vendors with brightly colored balloons, candy, and toys stroll through the square, looking for kids and their families to buy their wares. 

You may think that living in such a vibrant town would cost a lot...but you'd be wrong. In fact, Leon is quite affordable. A couple can expect to spend around $1,500 a month to live here and that includes everything: rent, food, utilities and WiFi, entertainment, and eating out. 

In the best neighborhood in Leon, you can rent a fully-furnished three-bedroom, two-bathroom home that includes an indoor garden, outdoor fruit trees, and separate maid's quarters with a bathroom for $500 a month. For just $400 a month, a furnished two-story, three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom house with tile floors and a small backyard can be yours.

Other costs depend on you. If you can do with fans instead of air conditioning, your electric bill should be under $100. If eating local produce and food suits you fine and you don't need pitted dates, artichoke hearts, T-bone steak, sesame oil, and fine wine, then a couple should be able to spend around $200 a month to eat. Add to that $100 for entertainment and another $100 for entertaining. Trash pickup can be around $10 a month. WiFi costs from $25 per month (for shared service) to $125. Cleaning service (twice a week) for a month runs about $64; full gardening service is the same. 

Maintaining a car can strain your budget but the good news is you don't need a car if you live in Leon. Taxis around the city are under a dollar and this is also a great walking city so you really don't have to worry about a vehicle. 

Meals in restaurants like Bodegon, a terrific Cuban/Polish fusion restaurant will run about $12 per person including a drink. Other international restaurants and Nicaraguan fare eateries cost around the same or even less.

So when you are considering where to make your home in Nicaragua, consider Leon. There aren't a lot of expats here yet, so opportunities for opening businesses and getting great prices for rentals are high. Beautiful beaches are only 20 to 30 minutes away, so escaping for a relaxing water weekend is a snap. 

Sophisticated, modern, gorgeously antique, cultural, hip...Leon ticks all the boxes for an affordable place to live.

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46 Sacred, Spiritual or Miraculous Sites to Visit via a Cruise Ship, Places where the faithful can go for healing, guidance or divine inspiration.

We have all undoubtedly heard of places where miraculous spiritual events have occurred – sacred sites that have drawn pilgrims from all corners of the globe since time immemorial. Such locales are very significant for people seeking a spiritual or life-changing experience, and they are also a common thread throughout the great religions. These are places where the faithful can go for healing, guidance or divine inspiration.

The significance of these sacred sites cannot be expressed in words or pictures – one must actually visit these locations to fully feel and comprehend the sense of awe, peace and majesty they convey. While many of these sacred sites are inaccessible to all but the hardiest of travelers, some locales are within surprisingly easy reach via the cruising experience. In fact, a large number of cruise ships allow access to these wonders firsthand – without the hardship of arduous travel.

To find cruise ship voyages offering an ethereal experience to a sacred location – where the legends that transcend time were born – click here:


Sacred Places- Accessible by Cruise Ship


Asia/Far East
Bejing, China, Hanging Monastery
Hiroshima, Japan, Peace Memorial Park
Kochi, Kanyakumari, India, 3 oceans unite, Ghandi Memorial
Mumbai, India, Ajanta and Ellora caves
Qingdao, Tai Shan, China, Tai Shan Dai Mai Complex
Shanghai, South Korea, Lotus Lantern Festival
Shimizu, Japan, Mt Fuji
Taipai, China/Taiwan, Wenwu Temple
Yangon, Myanman, Bagan

Bridgetown, Trinidad and Tobago, Diwali


Bordeax, France, Lourdes
Bucharest, Romania, Hurezi Monastary
Cologne, Germany, Aachen Cathedral
Cologne, Germany, Shrine of the Three Kings
Dublin, Ireland, Newgrange
Holyhead, Holywell, Wales, St Winefride's Well
Lisbon, Portugal, Our Lady of Fatima
Madrid, Spain, Mezquita
Beaches of Normandy, France, Normandy American Cemetary and Memorial
Paris, France, Chartres Cathedral
Paris, France, Mont-St.-Michael
Southampton, England, Stonehenge


Cairo, Sinai peninsula, Mt Sinai/St. Catherine's Monastery
Haifa, Nazareth / Galilee (Haifa), Israel, Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias)
Istanbul, Turkey, Blue Mosque
Livorno, Italy, Chapel of the Stigmata
Luxor, Egypt, Valley of the Kings
Rhodes, Greece, The Cave of the Apocolypse
Rome, Italy, Abbazia Di San Galgano
Rome, Italy, St. Peter's Basilica

Middle East
Aqaba, Jordan, Petra

North America
Baltimore, Virginia, Arlington National Cemetary
Huatulpo, Mexico, Day of the Dead
New York, New York, Ground Zero

South America
Copacabana, South America, Islands of the Sun and Moon
Easter Island, South Pacific, Easter Island
Lima, Peru, Mcchu Picchu/ Sacred Valley of the Inca


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