Google your neighbors

An interesting phenomenon that we’ve noticed since living with our Nicaraguan host family is how much neighbors rely on one another. In the States, our tendency is to google something whenever we have a question such as: how much does a camera cost, how much would a taxi charge us to get from point a to point b, which bus route goes from here to there, and who won the latest baseball game. Instead of running to the computer like we’re used to in the States, our host mom runs out to the street to poll the neighbors.

I think this is a great example of how to be community for one another. In the States it’s so easy to get a constant stream of information fed to you through the internet and the media that you could go a whole day without talking to anyone but be super well informed of everything that’s going on in our world. Being “disconnected” in this way has been really great – it shows us that we don’t know everything, and that we must rely on the community around us for information and help.

The other night, we told our host mom that we wanted to go to the mall to see how much cameras cost here. Before we were done eating dinner she came back with a camera from a neighbor who would sell it to us for $95. Then, this morning when we were ready to leave in a taxi, she went out to ask her taxi driving neighbor how much the trip would cost 2 gringos. She ended up striking a deal with him and we got a ride plus the name and phone number of a safe taxi driver for future use.

So, my challenge to people living in the U.S. is to try asking your neighbors about something instead of relying on google. You might be surprised with the result!

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4 Comments on “Google your neighbors”

  1. aubs Says:

    Great challenge, Marisa.

    I realized the other day that I didn’t have the more-with-less cookbook (oh my!), and I couldn’t google the recipe I was looking for! So, I marched to three different neighbors before I found the cookbook. Only in Menno-land could I do this, but it was fun. 🙂

  2. Rocio Says:

    What an awesome challenge marisa and I am thrilled to hear you and Adam are doing so well mom should go to Nicaragua at the end of this month or next month but anyway you will get to see her I have to admit I am missing you guys alot but we will see each other in the new year for the annual team retreat and I have to add thank goodness for Internet and small favors. Lots of love rocio

  3. Betty Ressler Says:

    Great to hear from you!! Praying all goes well.
    Your exactly right. We older folks d0on’t go the route of internet, we communicate! Love ya.

  4. Lauren, Raad, Rami Says:

    We are missing you neighbors! The new residents of 1209 B never come down asking for flour or vanilla, they are too self-sufficient! Or maybe they don’t make white chocolate chip cookies or sticky buns, and definitely not as well as you do, Marisa. And by-the-way, the cherry tomatoes that you planted are being eaten by Rami and he is very grateful. Take care.


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