I recently spent a week with a friend in Nicaragua.
This was my first time ever leaving the United States.
I had never even gone over the border into Canada during all of the years that I spent living in Michigan during the time when you could cross the border without a passport. My friend and I had been looking at options for spending spring break somewhere out of the country. He was used to traveling all over the world and staying in hostels to save on money. The idea of staying in a questionable accomodation in a country I had never seen while speaking a different language than the population was a scary idea for me coming from my inexperience. Things just went downhill from there. When we arrived at the place where we would be staying, I discovered that there was no shower. All there was in place of a real shower was a wand, chair, bucket, and drain in the floor. You take a shower by filling buckets of water and pouring them over your head. On top of this setback, I soon discovered that there was no form of indoor climate control either. I guess I should not have expected an air conditioner in this part of the world, but another part of me wondered if maybe there was an old window air conditioner or a ductless mini split, but there wasn’t even a fan to push in air from outside. That week made me realize how much I take indoor climate control for granted. I was so happy to have air conditioning again when I got back home.
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