As you all know, we have been living in Panama for about two years and we recently came back from a great visit to Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. I haven’t travelled much or seen much outside of Panama so it was very interesting to visit another place.
Ometepe Island is a very unique place. It is hard to describe the tranquility that pervades the island but you can sure feel it. Life is very basic and most people have very little in the way of material possessions or comforts. But, the people have a calmness, kindness, happiness, and pride in their way of life. The locals often use the word “sano” (sane, wholesome, healthy) to describe life on the island. Most people have lived there all their lives and everyone knows everyone else. Crime is not a worry because who is going to cause a problem when they are stuck on an island? Work is mainly agricultural devoted to cows, pigs, chickens, tobacco, plantains, and other crops and of course there are fish in the lake. Tourism is also becoming a growing industry.
If you have seen my previous posts you have seen some of the amazing beauty of Ometepe. There is the spectacular Conception active volcano, and the Mederas dormant volcano on an island of tropical jungle in a beautiful, warm, fresh water lake. The beauty, the people, and the tranquility are very seductive. We could see ourselves living there! But, we also don’t want to leave everything we love about Panama so for now, no changes are in the works. But, land is inexpensive and if we found a bit we liked and could afford, we would definitely give it serious consideration just to have an option there. There is also a lot more of the world to see, so who knows if we may fall in love with other places too.
I also found just a few more photos from the island and our trip back to Panama.
We are now back in Panama and starting to feel settled back in, so I will resume posting things about Panama. But, we have another house sitting gig in Granada, Nicaragua in late November. This house sitting business has some great advantages!