Ometepe Island Legacies
by Debbie Goehring
(Ometepe Island, Nicaragua)
Our Thanksgiving Guapote
I never asked the universal question, "Who will remember me when I'm gone?" Instead, I wonder, "What are the hopes and dreams, the values, myths, and legends that surround two retired expats living on a tropical island, in the middle of an enormous lake, in the middle of Nicaragua, in the middle of Central America?"
A passion for cultural immersion and volunteerism, a curiosity of the natural world that surrounds us, and a search for a simple, quirky lifestyle, led us to Ometepe Island. It was no coincidence, it was the result of a service-learning project that I completed with my high school class. After our initial visit to Nicaragua in 2003, we were hooked.
My hope is to paint a vivid picture of life on the island, from the perspective of two global citizens wishing to transcend cultural borders. I want to leave a legacy of the importance of compassionate immersion in our troubled world. It is my gift to the vivacious and generous Ometepinos for their gracious acceptance of two gringo expats stumbling through the mysterious Latino culture.
So, I hope you will join me in my adventures as I explore the good, the bad, and sometimes the ugly stories of life on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua.
About the author:
Debbie Goehring and her husband Ron retired to Ometepe Island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. Read about their adventures on Debbie's blog "Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua".