I don’t often respond to the WordPress Daily Post, however Someone Else’s Island spoke to me personally. Ron recently asked me, “Debbie, what would we take if we were forced to leave Ometepe Island?” My post is a twist on Someone Else’s Island, instead of being stranded on an island, what would we take if we were forced to leave?
Everyone is nervously awaiting the construction of the Nicaraguan Canal by the Chinese. Construction is supposed to start on December 22nd. I am taking this personally because what if Ometepe Island becomes someone else’s island? I heard rumors…that’s all we get…that over 300,000 Chinese will be granted Nicaraguan citizenship to work on the canal.
The map below shows that one half of our beloved island will be controlled by the Chinese. Everything in red along the canal route.
Where will they all live? What will they eat? Over six miles of beach front property has been measured by the Chinese on Ometepe Island…two properties away from our property!!! Maybe they will build a mega resort, then again, maybe the land will be expropriated for homes for the new Chinese workers. Who knows?
All I know is that I am worried and anxious. What if Ometepe Island becomes someone else’s island? Where will we go? What will we take with us? It’s frightening for me to think about abandoning our island home and our dear friends.
Some news reports say that we should prepare for another civil war because the Nicaraguan people won’t give up their land and homes without a fight. Other news sources say that everything is speculation, and we shouldn’t worry because the Nicaraguan people will have thousands of jobs. Who knows? Without any transparency, we are left to wonder, to worry, and to fret about our lives in Nicaragua.
What would I take if we were forced to make a quick move?
1. My 2 cats and my puppy
2. My camera and laptop, mainly because it has my Nicaraguan life in pictures.
3. I’d bundle up all my memories of my life here and tie them with a banana leaf bow.
Everything else is expendable. I’d have a giant give away…everything goes. Believe me, it would be gone in a few hectic minutes. Our entire lives could be squished into a small backpack. It may sound weird, but it would be exciting to just give our lives away. Freedom at its best!
Where would we go? Who knows? Maybe we’d go to Panama to live. We have a house in the U.S., but I’ve always said, “Been there. Done that.”
Meanwhile, snapping back to our real world, there are leaves to rake and bananas to harvest. Will Ometepe Island become someone else’s island? Who knows? All I know is that we’re still here… gardening and harvesting sweet potatoes…swimming and kayaking in our enormous lake, in the middle of Nicaragua, in the middle of Central America. Life is good no matter where we hang our hammocks.