Nicaraguan Ciestas

chellbellding Mon, 01/14/2008 - 13:59

Afternoon naps must be one of the best things in the world! When I lived in the states, I rarely had the time for a nap... or if I did, I simply didn't take one. Since I've lived in Latin America, naps are a normal, and required part of daily life. Mind you, not all Nicaraguans nap.... Generally a lot of them have their normal full-time jobs and don't get home until the evening, so there's no time. I guess that's why I rarely napped in Virginia.... but here, let me tell you... you wake up early, you walk all stinkin day (since I can't afford a car, maybe I should buy a horse), your brain is constantly running at top speed translating languages, trying to vary presentations, and remember scriptures for service.... by the time 2 o'clock rolls around, you're DYING for a ciesta!!
This afternoon we finished service a bit earlier than normal and I was home at 2 o'clock.... "What shall I do with all this extra time??" I thought to myself. I was pretty excited to have nothing to do, haha. So I laid down on my bed, picked up a magazine and started reading. Well, I got about half way through one article and the eyelids got extremely heavy.... I think I actually kept my eyes open long enough to read the last word of the article before I completely zonked out. I hope my sub-conscience benefited from it, because I don't really remember much of what I read. haha

I woke up an hour later... I didn't want to. I don't know what woke me up, maybe it was the howling wind outside. ( It's still blowin like a hurricane! ) maybe it was the sunlight peaking through my curtians.... but I rolled over just to look at the time and WHEW does time fly! I had an ENGLISH study to go to ( WOOHOO! ) so I got up, wiped the drool off my chin, and went out the door. In Spanish they have this expression "Que rico!!" literally it means "How rich!" but it's used for food or for an extremely excellent experience. I walked out the door to catch a bus to El Puente.... I'm rested, the sun was shining, the wind was blowing, and *I* am about to give a study in English. QUE RICO!

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