This Canadian couple found their bliss, first on Vancouver Island in Canada, then found it again in Nicaragua! Mark and Lyn are some of the newest residents in the Gran Pacifica Resort community.
Both Mark and Lyn are bright, skilled and compassionate people, and will make great neighbors in this growing community. Mark Davison is an Anglican Priest, growing up in the city of Winnipeg, but having traveled all over Canada, as a Royal Canadian Navy Reserve Chaplain. Lyn Suderman grew up in Manitoba, in a small community, and is more of an extrovert. She works as a counselor, teaching “Intro to Psychology” and “Family Studies” at a private Christian High School in Victoria, British Colombia. They are loving life in their new eco-friendly home in the Milagro Verde community at Gran Pacifica. Their home is the first fully-automated hybrid solar/battery and grid power house in the community and they are proud of the many innovative and unique features that Patrick Hiebert designed into the home. Features, such as plumbed geothermal cooling ducts, airflow heat escapes, efficient solar power pool system, and as well as for the rest of the home, LED lighting, passive solar hot water heating, and many other futuristic design features.
Mark and Lyn plan to spend quite a lot of time at Gran Pacifica and have already volunteered to do some teaching in local schools. “Mark and I have always dreamed of having a ‘tropical house’ and being part of the community around it.” states Lyn. “We’ve been married for 21 years and have been enjoying life ever since...now we can enjoy it and be a little warmer too!” They found Gran Pacifica in 2014, through Lyn’s High School friend, Patrick Hiebert.
Lyn and Mark enjoy meeting the Gran Pacifica staff and have made a point of learning about each of their lives. Speaking to the staff also helps with learning Spanish which is one of the items high on their list. They know that will help with allowing them to be more involved in the many opportunities in the local communities. Lyn says, “From the maintenance to the restaurant staff, everyone has made us feel at home here.” Like most of Gran Pacifica’s visitors, they fell in love with the people here.
They are also learning “patience in all things” Nicaraguan style. Lyn says it is good for them, but the process of building the house has been so different from Canada. They have tried to be “hands on” while here, trying to find “the proper measurements for appliances and the fixtures” that they want. She and Mark laughed while describing a trip into Managua to find hinges for some closet doors because when they found the package of hinges all the screws that were supposed to be in the package, to put the hinges on, were missing! Lyn did appreciate when a SINSA employee climbed up several stacks of high shelving to find them proper light fixtures! They also enjoyed going shopping with one of the local tour guides, Rafael, to Masatepe for expertly made, beautiful furniture for their new house. Rafael “is a dear, language-instructing expert as well as tour guide” and is a favorite of clients at Gran Pacifica.
They said that in Canada, people are still a little worried about Nicaragua: thoughts of the decades old war, safety, the stereotypes that are still there. Mark and Lyn point out that they feel very safe here.
They very much enjoyed their tour to Leon, the nearby historical city, where they were able to get on the rooftop of the Leon Carhedral, a World UNESCO site. They both felt “that was pretty close to heaven”.
While enjoying a fantastic dinner made by Mark, assisted by Lyn (Mark also makes a fantastic Piña Colada), we sat out on the porch, enjoying the beautiful clear sky, fireflies, and stars. We talked about many subjects, giggled at tree frogs on the door and toads by the pool. This is one of the best ways to build relationships and get to know others in our community. I am glad they gave me that opportunity.