“Create with the heart; build with the mind.”
― Criss Jami
Ron and I have known Francheco for over ten years. When we first moved to Ometepe Island to manage a youth hostel, Francheco worked at the hostel. In 2012, Francheco’s new yellow house and property were expropriated by the Nicaraguan government to make way for the La Paloma airport. He dismantled his house, brick by brick, dug up his newly planted saplings and flowers, and relocated to a beautiful piece of land south of the airport, near Punta Jesus Maria. The House that Francheco Built.
He married a beautiful Nicaraguan woman. They have a little son, now. Francheco built a temporary house for them and started a restaurant, Dos Mangoes. You would think this story has a fairytale ending, right? But, not so quickly.
Francheco’s dream was to build a dome home. He is extremely talented, which translates to his ability to create from the heart, yet build with his mind. With the help of one worker, he began building a dome home two years ago, one row of bricks at a time.
I’ve watched him meticulously design and build his dream dome, but I wasn’t able to take photos until last week when we visited with a bag of homegrown sweet potatoes and lettuce for his family. This is the front view of the house. I was soon to be in for an eye-popping treat.
Francheco hopes to have his dream dome completed in June 2015. And will they live happily ever after? I wish I could say it is true, but the Chinese measured Francheco’s property for possible expropriation for one of the sub projects, the Ometepe Volcano Tour Resort.
We didn’t talk about it when we visited because it is too early to say what will happen. Francheco said that this has been his dream and all dreams eventually come to an end. He’s keeping an open mind and positive attitude, while he builds his dream dome, one row of bricks at a time. After all, he has some experience in the world of expropriations and with his zen-like calmness he can stay in the present and not worry about the future. I wish him the best. He is a remarkable man.