On day 11, we drove back to Granada from San Juan Del Sur, and spent our last day together, just relaxing and reminiscing on this trip of a lifetime.
On day 12, we were all headed to the airport and returning home. The following is something I wrote on my phone while in the air, while sorting through my thoughts:
“I am currently in the air, flying to Miami from Managua. When the plane took off, I couldn’t help but shed a tear for this country that gave me so much in such a short period of time. I developed relationships with a group of people that were once strangers. I thought about all the children at the orphanage, and all the amazing individuals at the NGO’s trying to make this country a better place. I thought about Suyen’s words of wisdom through out our trip.
And it made me wonder, “What am I doing for this world? What am I doing for my country? My city? My family?”
I don’t know what’s in store for me in the next few months. I know that once I’m back in Toronto, after a weekend of rest, I’ll be back on the hunt for a full time job and working on elevating my photography career, but in addition to all that, I want to make a difference. I want to do something fulfilling. This trip was the most fulfilling, heart warming, soul enriching adventure that I’ve experienced. I want more of this in my life. How I’m going to make that happen – I have no idea. But it’s going to happen. I’ll take life one day at a time and figure out what I can do to help Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, Toronto, Canada, and as many places as I can. This world is so much bigger than just me and my little bubble. What I saw in Nicaragua – the poverty, the lack of education and sanitation, the children at the orphanage with no food to eat – it’s not only happening in Nicaragua. It’s everywhere. All over the world. Including Canada.
We’re all the same. We’re all human. We’re all alike in so many ways but we let insiginficant things like the colour of our skin and man made borders seperate us.
“Same same but different” – something Suyen says a lot. I noticed so many similarities between life in Nicaragua to life in Sri Lanka – from the island mentality of Ometepe, the architecture of the cities, the prevalence of rice in every meal, the mindset of the people, the night gowns and hammocks, the coffee and smoothies. Same same but different.
Thank you Nicaragua, Suyen, and PWB for an incredible experience! I hope to return again one day very soon. <3″