I am a mule. I have hauled more items to Nicaragua from the states than I can recall. This evening my bags are packed again…and I am ready to return to Ometepe Island.
After loading and unloading, rearranging, prioritizing, organizing, stuffing, and squeezing…my bags are finally in travel mode. I’ve carried some unusual items across borders for friends. The most noteworthy thus far have been a feeding tube for a child with cerebral palsy (apparently Nicaragua does not make quality feeding tubes), one thousand pairs of ear plugs for a hotel downtown, a pool filter, some kind of cables for a Yamaha ATV, a three piece suit??, and a variety of exotic spices.
The usual items requested are electronics. I’ve carried dozens of cell phones, six Kindles, five cameras, three laptops, and a small flat screen TV. I’ve delivered a few credit cards, a lot of food items (speciality teas, Tiger sauce, Hellman’s mayonnaise ), and lots of non-prescription vitamins and anti-itch creams.
I have my mule team well organized. Mules help to scratch each other. We take turns with orders and deliveries. Our needs are less than before because we can find many things in Nicaragua that we couldn’t buy several years ago.
But, yesterday in the Halloween isle at Walmart…well, let’s just say that was my downfall.
If you live abroad, have you ever been a mule? What are your most requested items? Unusual items?