The Nicaraguan ABCs: N is for...


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!"
squealing pigs 
(neighbors' parrot never stops squawking)
tin roof creaks under the sun
the fans are humming
people talking
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!"
babies crying

people knocking
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
fans humming
dogs barking
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 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

5am...begin again...

These are the familiar sounds of Rio Blanco, Nicaragua.  
And ya know what?  It's become music to my ears. for Oddities 


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  3. i can definitely relate to this post!!! must be a latin thing :-)

    Congrats also on your pregnancy! i am partial to boys! our son was born in mexico. will you be having your baby in nicaragua?


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