Our last volunteer project was by far the best. For one month we called a farm on Island Ometepe home. The island is made up of two volcanoes, our farm being at the base of the smaller. The island is home to lots of wildlife including howler monkeys, white faced capuchins, igaunas and unfortunately taranchulas and scorpions who had a strong desire to become our roommates. Our work on the farm consisted of creating a composting structure, a pig house and planting beds. Our time not working was spent swimming in the lake, mopeding around the island and getting to know the neighbors. The neighbors, Nelson and Hildebrando, taught us to herd cattle to the pasture, milk cows and what its like to be lassoed by a Nicaraguan cowboy. The day we spent mopeding around island we discovered viewpoints, explored an ecological park and unfortunately Paige getting pissed on by a monkey. However she has now learned the valuable lesson to not look up at monkeys in tree tunnels. As we raced to return our hogs in time we got stuck in stop and go traffic consisting of 50 horned cows.
After our month on Ometepe we raced to Costa Rica where we met up with Paige's parents and grandparents. We are now living in a house where stepping outside the gate is synonymous with stepping onto the white warm sand.