Although it has taken me a while to consider a personal blog, enough of my friends and family have suggested this format.
It has been over a year now that I have lived full time in Nicaragua. Some of you think I am the craziest woman in the world and to those I am. I love it here though. Life is very different from the US in so many ways. People who live with dirt floors are not homeless and they are happy. There is always rice and beans–galla pinto–to eat for everyone, including me sometimes because I like it.
I am no longer actively working at the Roberto Clemente Clinic, however, I have been consulting for two rural village clinics–one outside of San Juan del Sur, the other in Gigante. It seems odd to me that I am considered an expert for clinic development and after watching and nudging a clinic project to progress for eight years, I guess I qualify as expert.
My beautiful condo in Rancho Santana is rented again by the same family for another whole year. So I live in a compound in the village of Limón #2 where the 35 people of the Guzmán family look after me and I am very safe. I have the Guzmán pulpería next to my house, and the latest building/enclosed hut within the compound is a little restaurant that makes typical Nicaraguan food and sells the freshly baked bread that is made here in the compound by family members. I am the elder here and give counsel in food preparation, organic gardening, nursing, transport to the Clinic or Rivas or Managua on occasion. In return, I am allowed to remain in my house all day without disruption if I so choose, or sit out in front of the Pulpería and visit with whomever else is enjoying the wonderful outdoors or visit my many friends at Rancho Santana. Hopefully I will be able to enjoy a full time ocean view again within the next two years. In the meantime, I learn more Spanish everyday because I have to as my family here speaks little or no English, and I enjoy being alive in my Paradise.
Remember: Solo el amor prevalece. Only love prevails.