Hi to all my blogger friends. I’ve answered your questions and comments from this week and last week. First a new visitor to my blog, and I love his name: LZ Blogger.
It sounds like Duke and I have a lot in common! At least until you woke him up. I’d have just rolled over and gone back to sleep. I too am an Orange County escapee.
Is that how you got your name, “lazy?” What if your wife had pushed you out of bed to wake you up?
Love the pictures! Yes, things like this have happened to me a lot and my husband reacts the same, he always just gets out of bed to help me. Another good guy!
So living in Paraguay you have similar stories to tell. Yet what about city life? Aren’t there clean/airtight houses with AC and no bugs?
So why had you kept the icky sheets?
Since our hut was a rental, we couldn’t throw the sheets and towels away, although I dread to think about all those other sweaty bodies that had been in those sheets.
How did they get so full of the yuck stuff, anyway?
We lived in a palapa style hut, where the vaulted ceiling was made from palm fronds. It invited scorpions, geckos, spiders, giant ants and more. The geckos would fall from the ceiling and I’m glad we had a mosquito net as I never knew what would land on our bed. We did find a scorpion once on the top of the net.
Why did you move back? Or is that a separate post?
Betty, I’d love to answer, and there were so many reasons. I’ll let you guess for now. That leaves me wondering: Will you be staying in OC for the rest of your lives or at least for the foreseeable future? I know we shall not stay here for much longer. My youngest has 3 years of school left and we might wait or leave before if something else develops. What about you?
I am wondering if snakes were a problem there? We saw some baby snakes, but never had a large one in the house? Have you had many?
Its too bad you could not have stayed longer than a year. I find that when we repeat landmarks, when things happen for the second time,they take on a whole different dimension. One year is very short 🙂 I agree, and I know it takes about that long to know whom you can trust, etc. How long have you lived in Paraguay?
How did your children like it, did they miss their friends? What about you, what did you miss? My 3 sons all reacted differently. The middle one, Austin, was 13 and desperately missed his close friends. I missed good food, books, classes, a good hairdresser and good coffee.
As to your question, “What do you think?” I think you stayed as long as you thought it was appropriate, given your situation.
I also think you probably want to go back there, and probably will. I am fascinated by how you came up with this Rob. Please let me know as I’m curious.
so now you’re back – was that difficult to come back? Yes, in many ways. The conveniences were great, but part of me wanted less, not more. So strange to me. Anyone else have that feeling?
Thanks for all your questions and please share your own stories, from home, from your travels however close or far.
So many great questions and answers! I spent three years in China and then a year in Australia before coming home in the 80s… adjusting back to Western life was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
“but part of me wanted less, not more. So strange to me. Anyone else have that feeling?”
I don’t need ‘things’ like I used to when younger…
It’s great to have all kinds of good tools like computer, mobile phone, shoes etc. but we really don’t need that much materia.
At the end we can’t take them with us anyway…
Have a great day!
I love that idea of answering questions from your readers in a post! Maybe you could tell us a little about your life in Belgium as well? Where did you live?
Lady Glamis says
Thanks for answering questions! This is so fun and interesting. 😀
LZ Blogger says
Well not only did your post bring me back to your place, but I also listened to (and watched) your video on your site too. It was really COOL! But somehow sad too.
But here’s the answer to your question… “I’d still be laying there on the floor asleep!“ After all… I have a NAME to uphold here! ~ lz///
I’d love to hear what was most difficult for you and how long it took you to adapt to W. life again?
That’s what I feel today. For example my car is dying and I need a new one, but there’s really nothing that excites me other than cheap and reliable. Before Belize, it was what does it look like?
I lived in Brussels in 1979. I worked as a “stagiare,” for the EEC in Brussels and have a lot of fun stories to tell about the bureaucrats at the time. Strasbourg was after Brussels.
Was it the music that you felt was sad? Let me know when you get a chance. Thanks.
I am glad you did this post. I like getting to know you better this way. You have a great blog. I am looking forward to the book
I’ve enjoyed catching up on your last week of posts… especially loved the post and comments on the world’s friendliest countries.
Jungle Mom says
This is great. It is almost like having a nice sit down to chat!