Desperately Seeking Cereal: A Travelogue

Abandoned by family and friends, this true story tells how Michael Mangold MD survived homelessness in Nicaragua by using his wits and at times doing the "unthinkable.” With help from unexpected sources like a Catholic priest in Estelí and Mormon missionaries in León, Desperately Seeking Cereal describes how those who are entrusted to serve the needy and desperate often do so at a cost. If at all. More

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About Michael Mangold

Winding down my career as an ER physician, I went to Nicaragua in 2013 to teach medical English to the med students in Puerto Cabezas. Our plans changed when the medical director of the school could not obtain funding so I was forced to look for other sources of income in Managua first, then San Juan del Sur, our adopted home. While in SJdS I published three eBooks on Amazon: "How to Think Like a Doctor," "Cómo Pensar Como un Doctor," and "Barefoot Doctors." I wrote all three with the intention of bringing quality medical knowledge and practice to underserved areas of the world.

My "mission" was cut short over the Thanksgiving weekend that year when I was mugged five times that Thursday and Friday night. The first two weren't so bad but by the fifth mugging I was left for dead. Why would any sane gringo be out after dark in a large Central American city? I was trying to find my son Ben, who (as I later found out) was being hidden by the American embassy there. Find the full story in my new book, "My Worst Thanksgiving Ever."

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