La Veranera Alumni
The founders – Jim first came down for 3 months sabbatical to access whether or not he would sell his vacation home due to the recession of 2009. Heidi, his daughter, joined shortly after and they decided to ditch their stressful/chaotic lives in Los Angeles and open up the house to travelers from all over the world. It was called Casa Dragonfly.
The Savior- Without the organizational, people, and language skills of Ina Fusko, the guest house would not have survived or become La Veranera. Her experience working for hostels in Granada was instrumental in bringing travelers out to our off the beaten track guest house. Jim was so taken by the sense of humor and personality of this beautiful German free spirit, he asked her to marry him.
The Cook- Louisa Wenke, another German with a taste for adventure, spent two years on the beach helping the little boutique guest house grow. Her hospitality and culinary skills brought a stream of stellar reviews and may return expat guests for weekend escapes from Managua. She now is the owner of Crops, a successful Vegan restaurant in Magdeburg, Germany
The Barbeque Master- Nick Krebs not only brought his North Carolina barbeque skills to La Veranera, he brought his soft-spoken Southern hospitality. Taking a year off from his studies, he immersed himself in the culture and beach life and was a true host to our clients. Nick is now a floodplain specialist for FEMA, working out of Morehead City, North Carolina
The Surfer – After traveling the world, Jan looked for a new adventure to take on and landed in Coco Beach. Originally from Germany, he lived for many years in Mexico and had just finished traveling through Morocco, Sri Lanka and Indonesia when he came Nicaragua. He always dreamt of living on a secluded beach and to be able to go surfing every day. He still resides here in Nicaragua and now works for Nicamisol, a solar panel installation company based in San Juan Del Sur.
The Nomad – Tracy Jensen originating from Canada, but seemingly has yet put her roots down. Working as house sitter in Mexico, the Cayman Islands, and Nicaragua She loves travel and the cultural experience of living in different countries. She was a great asset to La Veranera as her organizational skills and management kept the guest house running smoothly for the few years she was here. As of today, she is somewhere in Canada on the road after traveling by camper up through Central America and Mexico.