What a whirlwind of a month! It’s been nonstop – tying up loose ends in Nicaragua, visiting everyone I could before I left, going out and enjoying the last of the sun and the cheap beer and everything I could, then home to Canada to lots of reunions, culture shock, a new job, and a new apartment!
It’s been intense and so fun. I’m a happy little bee these days, I must say. I’m gonna try to break out all the pieces!
So many “lasts”! Last pool day in Nicaragua with my friend Kat, hanging and having a drink and just chilling in the sun…
Last day at the lagoon with an old friend and a new friend, and more drinks and just chilling in the sun..!
Last fritanga (street food/sidewalk restaurant).
Nicaragua had its’ presidential elections, which were really just a farce because the country has devolved into a low-key dictatorship. The president has eliminated all serious competition through various means, changed the constitution so he can run an unlimited number of terms in a row, and falsifies data to make himself and his administration look better. Oh, and has appointed his wife as VP. So.
Many Nicaraguans are aware of this and so as you can imagine, voter turnout was very low – because why vote when you know the end result before hand?
The New York Times did an op-ed on the ridiculousness, if you care to know more.
I am in such a good mental state these days. The last few months were kind of up and down for many (somewhat obvious) reasons, but I really feel I’ve come out the other side a happier person.
At least for now I feel good about carrying over the personal lessons I learned in Nicaragua into my new daily life in Canada, things like calm positivism and patience. These were hard fought battles and I feel a lot closer to the person I want to be and have wanted to be for those wins.
I suspect (and hope) that winter will give me a chance to get back to some more reading. It really is perfect to cuddle in to a comfy chair with a hot bevvie and a good book while the snow whirls outside. It’s cliche for a reason. I’m gonna start with these 100 Notable Books of 2016, I think!
In fact, I’d like to get into a reading challenge like this one by PopSugar. Anyone wanna do it with me!?
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant – This is a retelling and to an extent, re-imagining, of the Bible story of Dinah, daughter of Leah and Jacob the Canaanites, whose brothers murdered her husband in their marriage bed. But it’s really the story of women during the Canaanite era, of mothers and daughters and sons, of childbirth and the cycle of life and death, of women’s work and stories. I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt transported while reading it. Consider it the female perspective of the Bible stories you know well and savour the fill-in-the-blanks quality of it, because we all know the Bible was written by a bunch of men and women’s experiences are sorely lacking from that era.
This beauty throwback to my trip to the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia, circa 2013.
Followed very closely byB cotton candy on a stick!
Digging intoB my new job, settling into the new apartment, many Christmas celebrations with friends and family, and a trip to Victoria! It’s a PACKED first month back in Canada.
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