There are not too many things that really I miss from back home, not yet at least. At first everything is new. I quickly got used to eating rice and beans and plantains and yucca almost daily. What I have come to miss is good Bourbon (Maker’s Mark), my favorite deodorant (Jãson), tempeh, and a damn good pizza. Every few weeks I get a craving for pizza, but ultimately find myself disappointed…. Read More
My First Quinceañera I watched as family was prepping for a birthday party this evening. What I didn’t know was that tonight I would find myself in the midst of my first Quinceañera. A Quinceañera is a Hispanic tradition of celebrating a girl’s 15th birthday. It’s a rite of passage. A coming of age. After today, she is no longer considered a girl, but a young woman.
Taxis Service in Nicaragua When traveling on a budget, it is important to make every dollar count. I briefly mentioned taxi service in another post, but felt that it warranted its own. Most people, locals and travelers alike, use some sort of public transportation on a regular basis in Nicaragua. It is an inexpensive and reliable way of getting around. As in most cities, the cabs here drive as erratically as anywhere… Read More
Viva León, Jodido! I have received emails and comments regarding my signature/sign off on my posts. I have been signing off with Viva León Jodido!, a common expression in León. If you google the word Jodido, you get some naughty translations. I have recently purchased a house in León and have embraced the slogan. Jodido is translated and is interpreted differently across Central and South America.
Recalibrating My Brain One of the most important things that I have found about living abroad is that I have to recalibrate the way my brain. Comparing prices that I am used to paying in the United States just doesn’t work for long. Whether it be restaurant pricing, drinks, groceries, labor, car insurance, rent, or whatever. I had to stop thinking as a traveler or tourist.
Look What I Found in My Bed I woke this morning to a surprise in my bed. I am not one to get startled or annoyed at seeing vermin. When traveling, you encounter all sorts of unpleasantries. Mice, rats, snakes, bats, lizards, newts, salamanders, and cockroaches. I’m sure that I am not alone when I say “I don’t want them sleeping with me.”