My former fifth grade student is visiting Nicaragua for the first time. On her 19th birthday, we took her to Charco Verde to see the monkeys. Returning home in the taxi, we had a flat tire. I couldn’t help but laugh at the taxi driver’s t-shirt. The Start of Something Big
His t-shirt says it all about living in Nicaragua.
Rosie wanted to climb Concepcion volcano, so I made arrangements with a guide to take her climbing. The Start of Something Big…INETER released a warning to all tourists. “Concepcion volcano is active. 85 explosions of ash have been reported. It is recommended not to climb Concepcion until the warning has been canceled.”
Our mangoes have been falling for six months. I turned Rosie on to delicious mango smoothies and roasted mango chicken. The Start of Something Big…This is the biggest mango I have ever seen. Rosie is addicted!
Our microwave internet tower stopped transmitting an internet signal…no connection to the outside world. I frantically unplugged cable wires and called our internet provider, who wouldn’t respond to my pleas for help. Rosie started calling me the crazy internet lady.
It is 100 degrees in the shade. I was frustrated and hot. The Start of Something Big…my frustrations melted away as we sat in our refreshing dipping pool, played Jenga, and drank mango smoothies. Rosie never wants to leave!
The Start of Something Big…Rosie and I watched a mother protect her new litter of yelping puppies in a brush pile near our house. Who can resist puppies? Rosie oohed and ahhed as Julio gathered the puppies in a sack and took them home.
The rainy season has begun. The Start of Something Big…the sunsets in the rainy season are spectacular. Rosie marveled at the contrasting clouds over the lake and now carries her camera with her everywhere. She’s fascinated by the constantly changing sunsets and snapped an endless stream of photos.
The Start of Something Big...Rosie begins to understand the satisfaction of living a simple life, uncluttered by constant text messages and untethered from a connection to the outside world. She is “getting” life in Nicaragua as she watched the women wash their clothes at the lakeside laundromat.
The Start of Something Big...after a week of no internet, it is finally repaired. It is time to leave our tranquil island of peace and show Rosie how the rest of Nicaragua lives. We are off the island and on our way to the big city of Granada.
I know she will be back… it’s the Start of Something Big!