Holo todos mi familia y amigos!
Okay, where to start_ The past 4 days have been quite the ride and I am sure I will leave some details out and that this will be the most random post ever, but hey, that is the good part about having your own blog, right_
First of all, let me explain that my punctuation will be horrid. I am operating a Spanish keyboard, which is more different than English than you might think. I have also mastered Google, gmail, and facebook in Spanish...oh, and my cell phone is in Spanish too! My boss got quite a kick out of this today and said that with a few pushes of a button he could fix most of those issues...sure enough he did. So now if you call me, you will just be calling instead of ´llamando´, and I can get messages instead of ´mensejas´.
I suppose I´ll start for real on Saturday when my Mom and Dad took me to el aeropuerto. Nothing interesting happened on the way to Managua, except that as I got closer my excitement was literally growing to the bursting level..needless to say i couldn´t wait to get here and check it all out! Although, I spent every last minute I could on my cell phone in the airport. I arrived in Managua at about 745 pm. In the airport I met a couple from DC who were vacationing and they asked me what I was doing down here, as i explained it to them and they kept exclaiming how brave I am, etc. I realized I didnt feel nearly as brave as I sounded. Javier, my boss, and Horasio, my conductor or driver number 1, met me with Cargill signs with my name and took me to my hotel.
Enter great Nicaragua story one.
Really quickly, for those of you who know me, you know that i do nothing unless it is well planned and prepared ahead of time. Por ejemplo, I was not just aware of safety issues....I had my very own Comprehensive Security Plan complete with dos window alarms, dos under the door alarms, one on the door alarm, one in the purse alarm, dos cans of pepper spray, and one very large mag lite flashlight. Si. The thing is that all of my alarms probably wouldn´t stop a burglar just because they are there...no, they will actually run the burglar off due to sheer irritation of the ridiculous noises each one makes!
Okay, back to great Nicaragua story one.
Javier y Horasio brought my luggage into the lobby. As Javier was checking me in, a very, very annoying noise began to go off. I thought it was the elevator and was wondering why no one was shutting off the stinking thing. However. Javier went outside to get me something and the polite deskman walked around to my luggage and said, read this in your best nicaragua accent by the way, ¨ma´m, is your luggage ringing.¨ At first I almost laughed and then my stomach dropped with embarrassment as i realized that yes, my luggage was most certainly ringing. I immediately unzipped my suitcase in the middle of the lobby and turned a switch to save the sanity and hearing of those around me. Thankfully, Javier missed the excitement.
Anyway, on Sunday I just hung out at the hotel and unpacked, etc. I tried to watch tv but of course it is in...Spanish. However, to all my fellow Nick at Niters out there, Kacy, Jenn and Jamie, you ain´t seen nothing until you´ve seen Saved By The Bell en Espanol...viva la Zach Morris!! Oh, and my sweet Mama had packed me some chocolate cake so I tried to pretend I was in Cochise eating my cake and watching Saved by the Bell. I did try to venture out on Sunday but realized that walking isn´t for me quite yet.
Monday was great! Unfortunately for Horasio, he had problems getting there on time so I now have a driver number two Fransisco. He, and EVERYONE at work, is wondeful! I absolutely love my boss Javier. He is about 30 years old and the Nicaraguan version of Brian Hogue´s build...seriously, it is scary. He is incredibly smart though and I know I am going to learn a ton from him. Everyone else at work is so nice though, there is a girl i work closely with who is 24 and is a doll. The general manager is Roger and he is from Argentina and is hilarious. Stories to come.
I love my project, but i will explain that soon...my timer on this computer is running out!
In the past few days I have realized just how far away from home Nicaragua is, just how little Spanish I speak, and just how white I am as well.....in that order. Thankfully, I have also been reminded that God lives in Nicaragua too...I have a new theory that going to a foreign country makes a faithful Christian out of anyway because you gots to pray all the time! lol
My goal for the week is to learn to drive a stick shift. A bit daunting, but I reckon if I can live 4 countries away and learn a new language, I can master a silly old car! Keep your fingers crossed though....otherwise Fransisco will have to drive me forever!
I am sending lots of hugs and love back to all of mi amigos y familia...dont forget to pray for me please, but know I am doing well and loving it here...and also am very excited for my scheduled visitors...and would not be opposed to any extra visitors...hint, hint!