“Normal is an ideal. But it’s not reality. Reality is brutal, it’s beautiful, it’s every shade between black and white, and it’s magical. Yes, magical. Because every now and then, it turns nothing into something.”
― Tara Kelly,
Before ever placing my gypsytoes on Nicaraguan soil, I expected “normal”. Without the opportunity to live here for a year ( 2004-05) in our experiment with “pretirement”, I would have expected many of the items I have listed below to be available in Nicaragua.
However, our year in “pretirement” in Nicaragua taught us to expect the unexpected. Normal is not reality. And I prefer it that way because it fits my personality. Nicaragua is an oxymoron with bitter-sweet moments, normal deviations, and fictional reality. It provides us a quirky and unconventional lifestyle, where we can turn nothing into something. And I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Entertainment on the chicken bus when it broke down.
Can you guess what this is? A gift lovingly crocheted by a local friend.
Calling the Orkin man.
Candy apples anyone?
An old typewriter museum in Esteli
A duende and a horse
Princesa loves to eat mangoes
Things You Think are Normal Until You Live in Nicaragua
… outlets in the bathrooms
… bedside lamps
… listing the month before the day
… keeping eggs in the refrigerator
… ice-cube vending machines
… 24 hour pharmacies
… faucets for both hot and cold water
… dishwashers ( the machines in your kitchens)
… free soda and coffee refills
… not using military time
… not using the metric system
… self-service gas stations
… temperatures in Fahrenheit
… wash cloths
… the server in restaurants actually bringing the bill to the table without having to ask
… American football
… escalators and elevators everywhere
… handicapped parking
… handicapped accessibility
… plus sized clothing
… huge parking lots
… mailboxes on your property
… over 50 mbps internet speeds
… free bread with dinner
… efficient customer service
… fitted bed sheets
… street addresses
I think I could continue this list forever. What things do you think are normal until you move abroad?