"I kept wondering why I didn’t feel like an outsider. No one seemed to mind I was there, and I felt like I blended in," Kristin says. "And that’s what I love when I travel. I like to enjoy the food, the people, the experiences, and find ease in the beauty of a country." It was on this day, their final day in Nicaragua, that Andrew and Kristin walked into a real estate office and requested one more tour of the island. Before the boat could make it back to the marina, Kristin and Andrew made an offer on the island they now own.  Photo 5 of 12 in Isleta El Espino: A Three-Room Eco Hotel on Lake Nicaragua
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The duo put their background in design, architecture, and project management to work to create Isleta El Espino. Although it took almost eight years to see the plan through to fruition, the result is picturesque beyond what they could have initially imagined. Every detail is carefully considered, making even the most mundane of daily tasks, like washing your hands, a treat, as they use local clay pottery to hold soap, shampoo and conditioner.  Photo 7 of 12 in Isleta El Espino: A Three-Room Eco Hotel on Lake Nicaragua
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