The Nicaraguan ABCs: N is for...
COCK A DOOODLE DOOOOO!!!!!
I groggily awake to the 5 dozen competitive roosters living within a one mile radius of our house...and then I doze back to sleep.
Dogs are barking
pigeons are rat-a-tat-tatting on our flimsy tin roof
horns are honking
birdies are singing
Neighbors' TV is blaring
neighbors' obnoxious "talking" parrot is squawking and screeching
horns still honking
the clippity clop of horse hooves go by
woof! woof! woof! Tedd gets up and the dogs let him know they need to go to the bathroom
mid-day to afternoon
ice cream man rings his bell up and down the street
horses go clippety-clop
motorcycle engines go vrooooooom!
street vendors yell "tomatoes!" "tortillas!" "limes!"
(neighbors' parrot never stops squawking)
tin roof creaks under the sun
the fans are humming
a small downpour appears and the rain is deafening on our tin roof...10 minutes later, it's gone.
the truck with the loud speaker on top announces that they're buying aluminum, old batteries, and "iroooooon!"
church bells ringing
(neighbors' parrot still squawking)
church services begin and fire up their over-sized speakers to be heard all over town
drunk guys crank up the music in their parked car and open the doors to share with the neighbors
music all over town is competing
the water comes on (and we've got a leaky faucet)
street dogs are barking in the distance
fan is humming
geckos are chirping
?? what was that in the kitchen ??
(a. Annabelle's getting into the trash or b. the mice are getting into the trash)
water's still running (we really should get that faucet fixed)
BOOM! Something lands on the flimsy tin roof
boom, boom, boom, boom! Must be a cat...it makes its way across the roof
WOOF WOOF! Our guard dogs are hard at work. Good dogs. (99.99% of the time, it's a false alarm)
Vroom...a truck flies by
These are the familiar sounds of Rio Blanco, Nicaragua.
And ya know what? It's become music to my ears.