Friday, 31 August 2012

San Juan Del Sur!

After a delayed departure from Costa Rica we are now in a new surf town in Nicaragua called San Juan Del Sur. We got here on Wednesday but access to Internet has been limited. My first impression of Nicaragua: I'm rich!

My modest travel budget has some serious legs in this country. Everything is so inexpensive! We checked into a guest house that offers a private room and private bath for the ridiculous price of seven American bucks a night! Dinner for two at a modest restaurant with accompanying beers doesn't put me past 12 American and I can buy a 26er of the world famous Nicaraguan rum called Flor de CaƱa for 150 cordobas which is equivalent to 6 American and I must say it goes down smooth. It's worldly acclaim is truly deserved.

I've spent the last couple days engulfed in a new book which I managed to plow through in three days! The book is called Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. Finishing it totally took over my daily routines for the last couple days. It was an amazing read and I highly recommend it to everyone, in fact I insist that everyone reads it with an open mind. It truly is a catalyst for the honest inquisitor to delve into the mysteries of saving the world from its own prescribed doom.

What resonated in me by reading the book was how it weaved many of my own confusions and pondering about society and the meaning of life into an easily digested world view that in hindsight makes so much sense. The read is fresh in my memory but I feel inspired to view the world with the fresh eyes of a philosopher with an honest desire and duty to alter the suicidal path our society inevitably plummets down. I feel called to apply my human ingenuity and inventiveness towards enlightening people. I don't know how I will do this but I feel for the first time I'm armed with an understanding of our species blunders and a challenge to help change the world.

As I write this I realise that this book only helped me scrape the surface of my intentions and I require a lot more inner contemplation, but I feel grateful I've begun the semi-regular habit of contributing to this blog. Using it helps me focus my scattered mind.

I clocked many Ishmael page turns at a local book store/coffee shop a block away from the guest house called El Gato Negro. What a nice comfortable establishment! We were lucky enough to meet the owner of the joint and she is a lovely American! I spent alot of time perusing her book selection and I purchased two more books to delve into: The Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman and DMT The Spirit Molecule by Rick Strassman.

I'm still digesting Ishmael but I'm excited to start The Peaceful Warrior. As soon as I finished Ishmael I immediately started TPW but put it down after the first chapter. They are both narratives depicting a student meeting a master and I feel like it wouldn't be right to jump right into the new teacher without properly processing the new teachings of the previous. Therefore I will begin reading the next either tomorrow or the next day. In the mean time I will continue to work on my maze which is progressing slower than expected, which is as per usual.

Also we took a trip to a beautiful out-of-the-way beach yesterday for another attempt at surfing. I had fun attempting to catch whitewater waves but was again humbled by my lack of experience in the Ocean. Tomorrow we plan to move to a beautiful hostel right on that same beach. This new opportunity will offer me plenty of opportunities to practise surfing and also the unlimited inspiration that living on the beach has to offer. I look forward to what new insights I will discover in the near future.

La Isla de Ometepe also beckons me. It is so close to San Juan Del Sur. We caught a beautiful view of the two volcanoes responsible for the island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua on the taxi ride from the border to our current location. I don't know when I will venture there but I anticipate it will happen soon.

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