How One Couple Is Giving Back In Nicaragua
Our last visit to Nicaragua, Lief and I set out early Saturday morning to visit a development community we invested in several years ago, to see what had been accomplished since we were last in the area. We made the short drive from Granada to Vistalagos, overlooking Laguna d’Apoyo, and were happy to find several houses built and a couple of owners in residence.
One house in particular caught my attention, and I asked Lief to stop the car.
“They have such a nice garden,” I said. “I’d like to have a closer look.”
“But they could be home!” Lief replied. “Don’t go creeping around some stranger’s house.”
“No, no, I don’t think anyone is here,” I said. “I’ll just run around back. I’d like to see the garden up close and the view of the lake from their patio.”
As I was making my way around the side of the house toward the lake, I heard someone call out and Lief respond. Uh, oh, I thought. Busted.
Indeed, it was the homeowner, Brian Davis we soon were to learn, who had spied us out his window and come to the door to ask Lief… well, I’m not sure what he asked Lief. Fortunately, he didn’t seem too bothered by two people appearing on his property unannounced on a Saturday morning.
“Would you like to come inside?” Brian asked after we’d all introduced ourselves. “You’re welcome to have a look if you’d like.”
We climbed the stairs to the front deck and Brian stepped to the side to let us pass. When he did, we were presented with a panoramic view of the lake. Brian and his wife Nancy have positioned their living room so that it opens entirely to the still water beyond. It’s something to see.
“We’re packing up,” Brian explained, “preparing to return to the States. We spend part of each year here and part of each year back in Oregon. It’s gotten so, though,” he continued, “that we prefer it here. We don’t ever want to leave now.”
Their setting is beautiful, no question… idyllic. But what would you do living here even part of the year? There’s nothing around but the lake and open fields. Enjoying the landscape would occupy you for a while… but then what, I wondered… so I asked.
“Ah! We’re busier here in retirement than we were when we were working. We’ve become involved in the local community,” Brian explained. “Specifically, we’ve started organizations to
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