This view was my introduction to Ometepe, the volcano island paradise rising out of a lake in Nicaragua. This place was my home for a couple of weeks while I volunteered on a small organic farm. I’ve written about this kind of work before, and it’s a pretty sweet way to travel.
The location might have been mesmerising, but some of the work was bloody tough.
It was pretty rustic.
But after a hard mornings work, we could head up for a beer in this pool.
When you travel, every new place teaches you something. Here are a few things I have learned from working on a farm in the tropics.
1. Roosters do not shut the f*** up. Roosters love to crow at 4.30am. Roosters love to have a crow-off where one starts and they all join in, and just keep on going. How does so much noise come out of such a small beak?
2. When a dog kills a chicken, the results aren’t pretty.
3. Cooking together, with ingredients you’ve gathered from your own garden and sitting down and sharing a meal, is a pretty sweet way to live.
4. There are a lot of insects that like to bite you.
5. There are plenty of plants that like to sting you.
6. Lifting heavy shit in the tropical heat is a bit shit.
7. Beers by the pool taste extra delish after a morning lifting heavy shit in the heat.
8. If you aren’t careful about covering food, chickens will come and eat it, then take a poo on the table just for good measure.
9. When you are standing under a tree looking up at the monkeys, there is a fair chance they will piss on you, (didn’t happen to me but saw it happen).
10. If you are travelling for a while and have a bit of time, you should volunteer on a farm some time. It’s actually is quite wonderful.
Just to finish off, here are a few more photos of the farm and the beautiful surrounding area.