Today I woke up in Nicaragua. I woke up to the sounds of trees blowing in the wind and birds chirping. The journey here was memorable. We took a boat across the Atlantic Ocean in the middle of a small storm around 7 pm. My friend and I sat on the outside of the boat, but as soon as the boat pulled off, the water splashed all over us. So I went inside to cross the Atlantic during the storm. When we arrived across the Atlantic Ocean, we took a 40-minute drive through the deep forest of Ometepe Nicaragua. There were wild horses and cows on the streets and music playing by the local people. After that, we did a 20-minute hike up the mountains—Such an adventure.
The island that I'm staying on is surrounded by two Live Volcanos, a deep forest, and a beautiful town. I love Ometepe, Nicaragua — It's the 3rd time that I've traveled here in my life. I've been taking yoga and meditation classes here. The yoga classes focus on pranayama (breathing techniques) and moving meditations. We close our eyes and let our bodies flow in the middle of the forest. The food here is also perfect; everything is organic, and there's a permaculture farm where the food grows.
I also went on a motorcycle ride through the forest, the colors of the town are so vivid, and everyone greets you with a warm smile. It's mostly locals living here, which is something I appreciate when traveling because you get to really see the culture. When you're on a motorcycle, you ride up the mountain into the sun, next to the sea. It's just pretty and calming. There's something about Ometepe that always reminds you to stay grounded and reminds you to be grateful just for breathing every day. Some people say that Ometepe is another dimension because of the energy it exudes, and I can always feel it.
Right now, I'm writing this in the middle of a beautiful hut that I'm staying in — Surrounded by the forest. It's funny; I never thought that I would live a life where I lived in different countries and traveled around the world. Society teaches us to follow an agenda, but I believe we should follow our minds and hearts because there is where we find our purpose and our peace.