What I have learned my first year in Nicaragua

They say your first year in Nicaragua is like a college education (and will cost you almost as much) and lately I have been looking back at all the things I have learned in the last year and decided to make a list:

Manana does not mean tomorrow, it just means not today.

Hot water is not necessary. (although some mornings it would be nice)

If the price is listed in dollars you are probably going to pay too much for it.

If you have to go to the bank on Friday go to the bathroom first, that is at least 1 hour of your life you will never get back. 

There are some types of cheese I don’t like.

Rosetta Stone may teach you Spanish, it will not teach you Nicaraguan.

My legs are irresistible…….to mosquitos.

Do not assume you will have electricity all day long

Roads are not just for cars & trucks, expect to see ox carts, horses, pigs, dogs, pedicabs, motos (3 wheeled vehicles that only go about 35 miles per hour) and people just sitting (or laying) in the road.

Rice & beans get old very quick.

Every sunset is worth watching.

Getting “dressed up” can still include flip flops.

A bus is never full, if there is no more room inside it is OK to ride on the back bumper, the ladder or even the top of the bus.

4 people will fit on a motorcycle although usually 2 of them are children.
The plastic bag is the national flower of Nicaragua (you see them “growing” all along the side of the road)

You don’t need a lawnmower, grass is cut using a machete.

Relaxing in the hammock is a worthwhile pastime.

Reconnecting with the mother ship

After over a year of living in Nicaragua we finally have internet at our house.  This was no small feet because hard lines do not exist in La Boquita and the aircards don’t work at our house, we can’t even get signal on our cell phones inside, we have to walk outside for about 20 feet to talk on the phone.  So…..it required buying an antenna to receive signal from a friends tower about 2 miles away, then buying a 20 foot pole, taking the pole to a welder to have foot holds welded on it, cementing the pole in the ground and attaching cables to hold it steady.  Then the technician comes out, climbs the pole and runs the cables into our house and hooks it up to our router.  Now nothing happens the way you expect it to in Nicaragua so when the tech showed up on FridayImageI really didn’t expect it to happen in one day, but it actually did.  Of course we already had plans to go to Granada and Managua that day so we were not even home for the monumental event.

Up until now, getting on the internet involved getting in the car and driving two miles to a hotel that had Wi-Fi and I only did it once a week to talk to my family on Skype, during the week I would keep a list of things I needed to do online (email attorney, look up recipe for French bread, check bank balance, etc.)  so I really lost all interest in blogging but now I am back and there are some interesting stories to tell 🙂