After four months at La Mariposa Spanish school & Eco-hotel, six movies and more than 50 photo assignments, it’s time for a change of scenery. Time for a little break. That break brings me back to Granada, the city that’s starting to play a major role in my time in Nicaragua. For some reason I seem to end up here constantly.
My work at La Mariposa is not done yet. I still have a yoga retreat coming up the 10th of May and I’m still working on projects. But for this moment I choose to work on them outside the Mariposa premises. It gives me the opportunity to work in silence and to focus totally on my projects. Being at La Mariposa there are always small tasks to do. It’s just the rhytm of a dynamic hotel and Spanish school, but because of them it feels a lot of time as starting all over with the projects I’m working on. And because they involve some technical difficulties it sometimes feels like I keep on diving into them, but never have the time to complete them.
Being in Granada – for now – also gives me the opportunity to focus a bit more on my own projects. I have tons of things to finish. Yoga movies I promised to make, movies for a NGO I promised to finish, books to read, a manual for an upcoming Teacher Trainings Course to write and books to read. Projects I love to work on, but having so much interesting guests around, I’ve spent a lot of evenings talking to them and living ‘in the office’ I have had a lot of guest asking questions while I was reading, studying or writing. Even this morning, while I was doing yoga at 6.30 AM, a guest came in to ask if he could print something out: ignoring the closed door of the office.
I’ve been in bed in the evening, reading, studying, but have had guest coming in, because they locked themselves out of their room or because they wanted to know how to get to the Masaya markets the next morning. Wondering about it at 9.30 in the evening. I never mind helping them: I’ve seen it as part of my work and always enjoyed helping out, but at the end I just didn’t bother anymore opening my books.
Now in Granada I’ve found the ‘perfect’ place to focus on my projects and the projects I want to finish for La Mariposa. I’ve got a little room at Oases – a nice hostel with a cool swimming pool (necessary in the heat of Granada) and a okay kitchen, so I can be on my own diet again. The supermarket is only a few blocks away, the best brownies in town are only a few blocks away and the smoothie place is around the corner. So for the next couple of days I’ll be reading, writing, dieting (lentil soup and chicken soup) and hopefully finishing what should have been finished already.