As we turned the corner and approached the big yellow church in Granada we spotted them right away.
Our first impression was,
“Wow! She’s tall”.
Elisha waved and smiled as I looked for a shady spot to park the Galloper. We hopped out of the truck and walked over to meet Jon and Quinn, aka “Life Out of the Box”. We shook hands and introduced ourselves and headed towards the Calzada.
Elisha and I have a list of expat blogs that we currently follow. One of our favorites is Life Out of the Box. Life Out of the Box blog was created by a couple from California that moved to Nicaragua three months ago. They are both 25. Their names? Jonathan Button and Quinn Elise.
JB & Quinn currently live in San Juan del Sur and are experiencing many of the same things we did when we arrived in Nica 8 months ago. They have a great outlook on life and the country that they have chosen to call home. They are immersing themselves into the local culture and cuisine to a greater extent than we have – which is great to see!
Our epic meeting that took place a little over a week ago, came about after we read an article Jon had written and published on their blog. It was titled Shopping in Rivas, Nicaragua and partly centered around the challenges him and Quinn were having in their search to find locally made products.
It just so happens that Elisha and I are currently living in Laguna de Apoyo – just below the Pueblos Blancos – the place where most of the country’s handicrafts are made. It only seemed right that we invite them for a visit. After all, we did have 5 extra bedrooms.
Their response to our invitation was,
“How about tomorrow?”
It’s quite surreal meeting someone who already knows you and it’s pretty awesome meeting someone you already know well. There are no surprises when it comes to who they are as people and there’s no pretending to be someone you’re not. Although Quinn and Jon are younger than us we’ve discovered we have very similar core values, goals and outlooks on life. Their blog is an excellent representation of who they are. Keeping it real is what they do.
We’ve drank a few beers and enjoyed some meals together and shared a lot of laughs. We’ve also shared stories covering some pretty deep topics, including our personal definitions of happiness, which for the time being for Elisha and Quinn seems to be Season 8 of The Bachelorette.
Elisha used the words “friendship on fast forward” to describe this experience. Typically when meeting someone new you know very little about them. In the beginning you tend to see them sporadically. What’s cool about our friendship with Jon and Quinn is we understood who they were before we met. And once we did meet we spent a few days living (and working) together.
We already know and understand this couple the way you would with friends that you’ve had for years and to be honest with the amount of deep questions Jon posed over the last couple of days we actually feel like we now know ourselves a little better.
It feels good to have close friends in Nicaragua – the place we now call home.