“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
― Augustine of Hippo
One of the main reasons we retired to Nicaragua is because it is centrally located and only a two-hour flight to Miami. Our original plan was to build a house on Ometepe Island and use it as a home base allowing us the freedom to travel the world and return to our inexpensive boomer nest when our gypsytoes ached for the comforts of home.
Four years ago, we were saturated with travel plans. My bucket list included trips to Australia and Antarctica…the only two continents my gypsytoes have never touched. Yet, even the best laid plans get waterlogged. We had houses to build, pets to rescue, Nicaraguan culture to assimilate, elderly parents to visit, a thriving tropical garden to tend, and libraries to build.
We’ve created another monstrous anchor! Lately, we’ve resorted to taking separate trips back to the states because someone needs to tend to our lives on Ometepe Island. Sigh! We needed to find a solution…a way to travel without worrying about our comfortable boomer nest on our oasis of peace. Our gypsytoes were itching for a new experience. Our lives were stuck in one page of a book.
Enter the wonderful world of house sitters who will enable us to untether our lives…cut the umbilical cord…open new pages of our lives. We’re off to Ecuador for the month of May. Our gypsytoes are tingling with excitement! We found reliable, experienced house sitters who will tend to our cats, our garden, and our lives on Ometepe Island. And the best part…it’s FREE!
Please be patient with me as far as my blogging goes. I’m not taking my Macbook because it’s too heavy and it contains my whole life. We’ll be traveling on many buses throughout Ecuador, and I don’t want to take any chances of having my laptop stolen or destroyed. Instead, I’m going to buy a cheap tablet in Liberia, Costa Rica before we fly to Ecuador. I have my iPhone…but it’s so tiny. I’ve never used a tablet, but I’m confident that I’ll get the hang of it and hopefully I’ll be able to write a few posts when wi-fi is available.
I’m confident that this trip will reignite our passion for travel, enable us to view the world with eyes without borders, and give me an opportunity to take some colorful photographs in Ecuador. I hear the markets are a feast of colors.
If you are interested in house sitting for us next time, all you have to do is ask! I have a feeling I’ll enjoy this new-found freedom. 🙂