12 Feb My First Month in Nicaragua
MY FIRST MONTH IN NICARAGUA
As of yesterday I have officially been in Nicaragua for a month. Where did the time go? I could’ve sworn it was only last week that I was boarding an airplane, scared to death of the unexpected. I was literally in tears when flying cause I just didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Thankfully though, my first month here has been nothing short of a blast. I’m having SUCH a good time. I can already tell it’s gonna be an inward battle when it’s time to go home.
I’ve never really said why exactly I’m here in Nicaragua. Yea I’ve mentioned that I’m here to volunteer but that can mean so many different things. I don’t like to talk about religion on my blog (too controversial) so I won’t go into too much detail, but I’m here to help ones who speak English have a better understanding of the Bible. So my volunteer work consists of going into different neighborhoods and seeking out ones who speak English in a predominately Spanish speaking country. It’s hard work but it’s a lot of fun. I’ve had to learn a small Spanish greeting asking ones if there’re are any English speaking people in their household. Oh! And I’m taking Spanish lessons! This is the perfect place to learn and practice. I’m hoping one day I’ll be fluent.
Not only is the volunteering awesome but my fellow volunteers are amazing. I’ve met people from all over the world. London, Finland, Canada, Ireland, Houston, Denver, New York, Michigan, and even some from good ole Chicago. I was really nervous about meeting new people (I really am shy by nature) but now that I’ve been here for a month I couldn’t be happier with the people that I’m surrounded with. Good friends are hard to come by and I know I’ve found friendships that will last a lifetime here.
Even though there are some rough parts of Nicaragua the beauty of it far surpassed my what I imagined it to be like here. Mombacho Volcano, Laguna de Apoyo, and even just the architecture and history of Granada. The people here are content and happy with life and you rarely see them without smiles on their faces. Even with the short time that I’ve been here, I’ve definitely learned even more so to appreciate the smaller things in life and put more importance on the relationships that I’ve built. Don’t take life for granted. Appreciate what you have, focus on the positive and live with no regrets.
Yes Nicaragua has been good to me so far but being here definitely hasn’t been without its challenges. About the second week into our stay here my roommate and I discovered that we had maggots (we think) in our bathroom. They. Were. Disgusting. It started out with just a few of them. After that it seemed like they multiplied by the minute. Under our items in the shower, on the shower wall, by the toilet, in the shower drain. It was literally the grossest thing I have ever experienced in my life. We tried to kill them off with Raid. The just wiggled their way out of the spray. Then we tired apple cider vinegar. No effect on those suckers. The only thing that killed them was bleach. It took a couple days but finally we got some relief and they’ve been gone for a while now. As soon as that problem ended we got hit with bats. They were nesting between the ceiling and the roof. Every morning we would find little bat poop in this one corner in our living room. No bueno. Not only is that disgusting but breathing that in all the time can be really dangerous for your lungs. We got in contact with the landlord, who really didn’t care about our problem *extreme side eye* but was forced to deal with it anyway. Now let me tell you, Nicaragua has it’s own set of rules when it comes to time management. Someone can tell you that they’ll be at your place at 8 am Tuesday and won’t show up until 5 pm Wednesday. At it’s normal. That’s just how it works here. Drives me and my roommate crazy. A couple missed appointments and not so nice phone calls later and we finally have the bat situation under control. No more cleaning up bat poop!
Being here has definitely been an adventure. I wouldn’t change any of it for the world though. The growth and experiences that I’m having are beyond anything I could have dreamed for myself. I’m so glad I took the plunge and didn’t allow fear to stop me from taking this step. I’m forever grateful to my friends and family for being so supportive as I’m on this journey. And I thank you guys for following my journey and supporting me in my endeavors. This is just the beginning. Have a good weekend everyone! Talk to ya next week!