“Every man is an island, and every heart seeks the ferry to cross the main…”
― Mykyta Isagulov
Update June 2020
We had planned on returning to our house in July. I wanted to bring a few books and supplies to my library and check on our house with our renters. But…then the pandemic struck and is wiping Nicaragua clean.
I can’t imagine how the expats are surviving, especially those with businesses. The Nicaraguans are resilient though, and they will always find a way.
I can only shake my head in dismay. The corruption and ignorance of the Ortega administration leads to countless deaths that could have been prevented if they hadn’t lied about the virus and taken precautions earlier. Instead, they had a “Love in the Time of COVID“ parade and numerous gatherings and outings with their Sandinista followers. Many doctors have been fired because they told the truth about the Corona virus to their patients. Of course, the civil rebellion two years ago wiped out most of the good doctors because they were either fired or left the country never to return.
Crime is up, property values are way down, electrical outages occur frequently, food is scarce, unemployment is off the charts, medical PPEs for medical staff are not available, midnight burials occur every night, and the cost of electricity is high. Things don’t look good at all in Nicaragua. Honestly, I am grateful we had the sense to leave Nicaragua when we did…and many of my Nicaraguan former expat friends say the same with a big sigh of relief.
Meanwhile, we are hunkered down in the states…which politically sounds very much like Nicaragua with the corruption and ignorance of the administration. Right now, there is no place to run for safety, except our secure and comfortable home in the states. 😢
My husband and I left Nicaragua in July 2018, at the height of the ongoing political crisis. A lovely family from Managua rented our house for three years because of the violence in the capital city. We will not return to live in Nicaragua until the heavy repression of the Nicaraguan people stops, the many human right’s violations end, Ortega and his VP wife are tried and convicted of political crimes, and the 60,000 Nicaraguans feel safe to return from exile in Costa Rica and neighboring countries.
Presently, the crisis continues, but the violence has been greatly reduced. For us, it is morally wrong to return to Nicaragua to live. We cannot support this government and their torture, killing, and oppression of the Nicaraguan people.
We will always support our close Nicaraguan friends, adopted families, our goddaughter, my children’s library, and my librarian. There are many ways you can help the Nicaraguan people from afar, if you choose not to travel to Nicaragua at this time. If you do choose to come to Nicaragua, the best way to support the Nicaraguan people who are suffering is to stay in Nicaraguan owned hotels and hostels, eat in Nicaraguan restaurants, and use local taxi drivers, transportation, and buy only local products from Nicaraguan craftsmen, farmers, or business owners.
For my last post on this blog, I will make a list of Nicaraguan owned establishments and businesses, and a list of reputable NGOs where your money can go directly to the people.
And now my post….
Sunday evening, I was invited to speak with a group of women from Finding My Place, a travel agency for women who want to explore living abroad. It was a lovely gathering with well-traveled women who are exploring Nicaragua as a place to hang their hammocks. Many of the questions they asked revolved around the pros and cons of island life. Below are some of the things we discussed, which may be of interest to you, too.
Islands are slow and far away from many distractions. Ometepe Island, Nicaragua is no exception. Island living is not for the faint of heart, yet the rewards are many, tranquility is abundant, and our lifestyles are simple.
Pros of Island Life