Ometepe Island, Nicaragua has two majestic volcanoes…Concepcion, the active volcano and Maderas, the dormant volcano. Layers of lava, ash, clouds, and foliage add to the splendor of the ever-changing layers like a kaleidoscope.
Just when you think you’ve seen it all…along come the bull penis fights in Nicaragua. That’s what I love about this country…surprises around every bull pen and volcano.
We are treated to surprises daily on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. Whether the astonishing events are big or small, beautiful or ugly, dangerous or comical, we thrive on these delightful and sometimes bizarre moments. For living in the “land of the not quite right”, everyday is wrapped in a caught-off-balance, amazing moment.
1. BIG SURPRISES
We have an active volcano in our backyard. Imagine our surprise when she blew her top!
Then there was the day an island the size of a football field floated past our house…FULL of SNAKES! El Gamolote-The Floating Island
2. ANIMAL SURPRISES
This poor little screech owl made a surprise visit one night. He accidentally hit our ceiling fan. Jungle Law
Last week, our local fisherman caught a Tarpon in his dugout canoe! Imagine the surprise when he strapped it on his bicycle and led it into town to sell. A Big Fish Story: How to Get a Tarpon to Town
You never know what surprises hide behind the tools in the bodega.
3. People Surprises
During the dry season, farmers become traveling salesmen. One never knows what the traveling salesmen will drag to our doors. Traveling Salesmen
The pots and pans salesman rattles though the sand beyond our house.
4. DANGEROUS! DO NOT DRINK SURPRISES
Everything in Nicaragua is sold in plastic bags. One day, we left our workers a cooler full of juice and an ice bag to keep everything cool. When we returned to the house, the workers had left for the day, but we noticed the corner chewed off the ice pack. Not able to read English, they thought it was juice and tried to drink it!
Then there was the time we bought paint thinner. The hardware store sells it in plastic water containers. I didn’t label it and sat it beside the workers’ identical water jugs. Oops! Jose took a big swig of it, but fortunately spit it out! After that, I was careful to label the jugs in Spanish for our workers.
5. THE MOST PLEASANT SURPRISE
This morning I awoke to pictures of snow posted by my stateside friends on Facebook. But, we awoke to a layer of purple petals on the ground from our blossoming Pera tree. A very pleasant Christmas surprise.
Wishing all of you happy holidays full of miraculous surprises!
I thought you all would enjoy an email I received from my friend, Dr. Tabatha Parker, who lives on Ometepe Island. She graciously allowed me to share her adventure with everyone. Thanks, Tabatha.
So I am hear to tell you about a recent event that happened to me. Yes I am already completely embarrassed, but here it goes.
Vulcan Concepcion erupted in December 2007, and again in March 2009. We weren’t on the island for either eruption. I can only imagine the kaleidoscopic bombardment of the senses. If you are wondering how I made this picture, my mother has a kaleidoscope software program for quilt patterns. I simply inserted the photo of the December 2007 eruption shot from downtown Moyogalpa.