This post was a comment from Cameron after I posted about what a typical day is like in Spain. Now that I am in Nicaragua, I understand that he was correct! It is quite the change from the partying and siesta schedule in Spain, and even the scheduled-to-the-minute feel that my life is normally like in the United States. And somehow I am exhausted enough to go to bed at 8:30!
Just to give you an idea as to what I’m up to and what to expect when you get to Nicaragua, here is a typical Nicaraguan city schedule for comparison.
5:00 A.M.- 6:00 A.M. Wake up, shower, get dressed.
6:20 A.M. – Breakfast, typically gallo-pinto, scrambled eggs and or cheese.
6:40 A.M. – Walk, take bus or moto-taxi to work
7:00 A.M.- Work
12:00 P.M. -Lunch Break. Lunch is sacred to Nicaraguans. Whatever you are doing you stop and you sit and eat a large meal and talk with friends. No lunch on the go. This is by far the biggest meal of the day.
1:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. Work starts again.
4:30 PM- Work gets out. Go home by bus, moto-taxi, or foot. If you are going out this is the time to do it.
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. -Dinner. Smaller than lunch. Bigger than breakfast
(This is when we usually play with our little nephews, go to the grocery store, pick up our laundry, or do whatever. The recent popular activity at our house is to do an exercise video with John, our host sister, and little nephews. It is pretty hilarious as a bystander.)
7:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Buses stop running. People come home unless they are staying out dancing or drinking. Time to socialize with neighbors and family.
8:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Bed time.