We are grateful we have the time to travel slowly. To take in a place fully. Listen, watch, learn about the place, the people and the surroundings as long as we like.
Even when we travel slowly, there never seems to be enough time.
We loved Ometepe in Nicaragua so much – we came back to the island to live here for a deeper and longer period.
Ometepe is a volcanic island in the vast lake Nicaragua created by two towering volcanoes – Concepción and Maderas.
We are now renting a cabin and living in our home base between Santa Cruz and Balgüe.
We need a home base. We have learned this about ourselves. Our home now isn’t a place we own, but it’s a place to unpack our things, get a routine back, live and work. Home is where are bags are now.
Our rented cabin in Ometepe is private, our own space to learn, think and just enjoy. It gives us a routine, the importance of having a home base to structure your days (in between the times we are on the road), allows us to focus for a period before we are on the road again. We have a place to ourselves to cook meals, meditate, listen to music, work, exercise and clean and hang our laundry. Allows us to live off the land, the limes, ginger, dragon fruits all grown on this Eco farm.
We are learning tonnes about being respectful of the land, like how we are managing our own garbage while surrounded by green and plenty of unfamiliar animal and insect sounds. We have had a few surprises along the way, as an encounter with army ants, cleaning out the cabin! Only to find a tarantula and scorpion! (They got the boot and they didn’t last long)
If you are heading to Ometepe, and looking for a great place to stay, contact Eileen and Darrin at Via Verde Organic Farm. Two rooms are available in the main house or the cabin in the woods where we are staying.
Troy is an ex-TV editor and producer originally from Canada. He quit his 20+ year career to pursue a life of long-term, slow and transformative travel. Now with his wife Dorene, he helps people who want to redefine their midlife by making conscious changes at TravelLifeExperiences. He also works with travel and hospitality brands to create and share their video stories at TravelLifeMedia.com