Day Seven - Ometepe

Trip Start Nov 19, 2011
Trip End Dec 03, 2011

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Friday, November 25, 2011

It's lunch time and we're enjoying the breeze and a respite from the sun. The view of the volcano disappearing into the clouds is one I would never get sick of.
We're going to chill out a bit around the pool and then take a late afternoon horse ride into the jungle above us.
We took an early morning tour of the farm here. I know I'm going to get things a little confused here... sorry. The premise of this resort is community, responsibility and sustainability. There is a Totoco foundation in the Netherlands that raises money for micro loans for the community here, for schools, for libraries and for other resources for this community. We are off grid... all electricity is harvested from the sun, the toilets are composting so there is no valuable clean water that is getting flushed down the drain. Clean water comes from the mountain above, the rainwater is collected to fill the pool and the grey water (dirty water) is put through a series of natural filtration processes and then used to water the plants during the dry season. They hope to teach the locals the same so that their dirty water does not just run down the sides of the island and into the lake, polluting everything along the way. A lot of our tour was through the farm. It is mostly fruit trees... they have planted all these trees to produce fruit and also because trees are far more sustainable in a hilly area prone to erosion. I know so much is lost in translation but if this farm model works it would be really easy for the locals to implement and would greatly increase their quality of live. All in all... its a beautiful place that gives back to the community far more than it takes from them. Good karma!
One of the owners has a three year old daughter, Istiana, who speaks English so hopefully Taya will have a playmate for a little bit.
Time to lounge around the pool, let the food digest a bit and then hop on the horses.
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Grandpa and Grandma on

Hi Taya, We haven't heard any more about your sniffles. We hope that means that you are all better. What an interesting eco lodge you are at now. The farm there, with lots of fruit trees, doesn't sound much like our farm. I googled it and was very impressed with the work they are doing. Lots of love to you and your Mommy and Daddy. G & G
PS Did you have fun on your horse ride? Did the horse gallop? Or did it walk along nicely for you?

Mom Pat Grammy G on

I don't want your adventure to end I just want
To join you. Taya could you put a beautiful flower
In your hand and share it with me. Take
A picture but don't pick it. Love You! GG

Mom and Dad on

Exciting news here. We bought a TV.. An HD TV with lots of bells and whistles including one pair of 3D glasses. Now what good is that! It will be another week or two before we have taps in the bathroom but we figure an HD TV qualifies us as a truly modern family. Don't you think?
Mom and Dad

Wendy, Dave, Sam on

WOW, looks likes a grand time. Sam loves the sustainability ideas. We are excited for you! What a great adventure!

andykat31 on

Congrats in the HD TV Mom! Moving up in the world, eh?
Taya's sniffles are much better and she's being a real trooper. I think it can get a little boring for her at meal time when it is us and a bunch of other adult travelers sharing stories but a deck of cards goes along way.

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