Archive for July 2012

Things I might forget upon my return

July 24, 2012

We are rapidly approaching our 2 year mark in Nicaragua! In these 2 years we haven’t been home to visit yet and I am starting to worry about how weird we might be when we eventually go back.

Here are some of the things I might forget upon returning to the United States:

1. That I can throw toilet paper in the toilet.

I’m totally used to throwing it into the trash. And, I’m totally used to carrying toilet paper with me wherever I go, because there is a good chance that a public restroom won’t have any.

2. That it is not normal to kiss people on the cheek to greet them

I have a mental file in my head of people I kiss and people I just shake hands with. But, greetings are so important here I feel like US American culture will feel cold and reserved to me.

3. Personal space in general 

You mean it’s not normal for the person behind you in the grocery store line to be breathing down your neck? The other day I quickly turned my head to the side and literally almost bumped noses with the person behind me!

4a. My skin color…

Chelita! White girl! Heard many times daily.

4b….or the fact that I am a beautiful princess

I’ve gotten pretty used to being called a beautiful white princess and its kinda nice.  I think my blue eyes freak people out. I’ll be ready to feel a little more “normal” and deflate my big princess head a bit:)

5. How to drive

I haven’t sat behind the wheel of a car in 2 years. Yikes! Do they offer a behind the wheel refresher course?

6. How to wear layers

The weather here is so predictable: HOT. No cardigan necessary unless you are going to the movie theater. Then wear your winter coat.

7. Spanish

Just going on vacation for 1 week with our English speaking friends made me feel like my Spanish skills were rusty. Practice and constant immersion sure do help!

8. What it is like to fly in a plane

I haven’t flown in a plane in 2 years. That is a personal record for me.

9. That you have to wait in line 

You mean I can’t throw ‘bows and yell out my order at the corner store?! How about getting onto an already overcrowded bus?

10. What it is like to have a washing machine 

I’ve mentioned this several times. Let’s just say I’ll never, ever complain about doing a load of laundry again.

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June recap in photos

July 6, 2012

June was a fun month! We enjoyed celebrating Marisa’s birthday and a visit from our good friends Monte and Luella Glanzer.

Marisa’s birthday party #1 with the MCC team

1. The cake:

2. The birthday girls. Marisa and Yolanda

Birthday party #2 – Friends stopped by with surprise cake and coke! 

1. Marisa cutting her cake

2. The surprise crew

Monte and Luella came to visit!

1. Monte and Adam were a little awkward around each other at first, but they warmed up quick:)

2. Luella and Marisa