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I've been sharing on Facebook again. Well, actually, I'm always sharing there but as I share pictures of my new life, I'm also getting lots of questions. Over the course of the next month, I will work on getting myself to a permanent spot but will also be better equipped to answer many of the questions I've been asked. I'm certainly excited to share with you all what I'm experiencing in my new home.
One of the biggest factors for my move was food quality followed by the fact that I can no longer work selling homes so my money would go much further here than back in the States. I am on the hunt for a long term rental which is a bit of a challenge, people here don't advertise quite the way they do in the States. If you decide you want to make a place like this home, you must leave your American idea of a great home at the door. Often you will find kitchens that are outdoors or behind locked doors in a portion of the home where you have to go outside. Keeping in mind that there is a rainy season here. It's very similar to Florida where it rains cats, rats & animals so a midnight snack or dinner would require an umbrella.
There are homes with a more traditional layout but again, keep in mind, you are no longer in the good ol' U S of A when you arrive.
The other thing you must also realize is that people move at a different pace here as well. They don't hurry to get back to you or rush to your side with the check in restaurants. In the US, they put your plate on the table and you barely get the first bite before they are back asking you how you like it and then before you can take the last bite, they are there with the bill saying "oh, it's no rush". Here you get your plate and you have to request your server even for the bill. You can literally sit all day in a place and never feel rushed or like you are taking up a valuable spot.
There is a lot to get used to. One of my fears that had me considering coming back home is the lack of 911 or an ER that is conveniently located. OH, the doctors here still make house calls by the way. My lupus journal has really come in handy for me here because I am under new stress and once I see the doctor, I want to be sure I express all the symptoms I've experienced since arriving. There are a lot of transitions but if you travel with an open mind, it's nothing that can't be overcome. The other thing I have learned is being out here alone, my support groups have been quite helpful at keeping me sane.