What is the common factor that attracts us all to this same atmosphere? The freedom? The diversity? The perspectives? Or is it the ability to not have to think about anything at all? Looking at waves on the bay, hearing the clash of water breaking continuously throughout the day… These things seem to come easily to San Juan del Sur, which in 2017 is still coming together in a jumbled yet creative scene. Maybe it’s those things specific to nature and this part of town that somehow mirror our own. Whether it is similar to the beats of our hearts in the clash of the waves or the uncertainty that somehow reflects our nature and constant change of our thoughts. It’s certainly something, maybe different to each of us.
I could be here for the usual two or three days and go back to my so-called regular life in Managua, but staying here a couple of months has truly brought the change of perspective I was aiming to find. It’s as if every single day I can attempt to push forward all the changes I’ve wished to see in this country, or similarly in the same way I want to see them in myself. Very Gandhi-like, but it’s the only way I can put it.
It’s for this reason I do not want to leave, because I don’t want it to stop for it has been here in San Juan del Sur – that as a place is also developing just as my own dreams are taking their stronghold in becoming real – and that has made things clearer on what kind of path I want to stay on.
At times it’s hard to mean this phrase wholeheartedly for some of us, but: I’m loving life as it is! Working in Casa Oro’s reception for transportation and surf shop was challenging, but a great icebreaker for getting to know this town and its local feel. Now as a part of a group of managers from other properties (Casa Andalucia & Nuestra Casa), I’ve realised that what you do with your time is essential in realising who you are. Spending 12-hour shifts in reception made my goal of integrating myself within the community seamlessly. Although some did not think of me as a local, I would prove them wrong by backfiring with the same rapid Spanish they had; breaking their own norms of what a local is like or is supposed to look like.
In my opinion and as a fact really, locals and the Nicaraguan working class themselves are the ones who truly know the town of San Juan del Sur; where to eat for fewer than 100 córdobas, which are the best known or hidden beaches; even alternative options to grab a drink, as opposed to the few known spots you grow up hearing in Managua. Hanging out with tourists and ex-pats makes for a great perspective, for you realise the common factors that tie us to this point in time. It may be the Spanish or simply being from the same country, but being with locals has allowed me to see a little of myself in everyone I’ve met, putting into perspective that it’s not only the area that makes this place so great, but the people who spin its wheel play a bigger part in it as well. I realised I am part of that responsability now, and no one can take that away from me.