Cultural Attitude or Just something to get used to?
Hello, This is my first time posting in the forums. I have had the opportunity to visit Nica on many occasions over the past 2 years and will be returning for a quick visit this fall. Currently, I am contemplating moving there and working for a private American educational institution that is actually highly employed by Nicaraguans. I would be one of the few Americans there, and would actually be replacing some older Americans that will probably retire prior to my move.
During my visits to Nicaragua I have become good friends with some Nicaraguans. They are genuinely wonderful people and are great friends. They have expressed sincere excitement at my possible move, have even offered to help me get answers to certain questions, put me in touch with other American expats, and help me in any way. At first I didn’t want to overburden them, but they kept insisting that they help me. So, a few months ago I asked them just a few basic questions (before finding this website) and they were eager and insistent to help me with anything I would need. A month went by…..no answers……2 months went by no answers. But, we would talk weekly,catch up on Facebook, or talk on the phone about everything except any details or answers to questions. I didn't want to pester them or appear as an ugly american. They have been so giving and hospitable to me during my time in Nicaragua. After 2 months of no answers, I followed up with a basic quick email. They quickly responded and said not to worry and that they were going to get me my answers that week (they also are supposed to be helping me with the details of a trip I am making this fall). Now it is almost a month later and still no answers and no details. I haven't been able to talk to them on the phone or skype this month as I just started back to teaching.
I realize that I could sound totally un-connected to the “real” Nicaraguan when I state this, but is this a common occurrance in Nicaragua or is this just an individual personality of a person/family? In my times in Nicaragua I have found that things move slower, but when I am there my friends are really helpful. Since I hope to one day soon be a local I am just working out some of the cultural differences and quirks. I am not upset or frustrated, I am just wondering if this is something I just need to adjust to or it is time consider their answers to my questions and their help unreliable? I figure that some of you that are already living there could shed some light on this topic.
Any advice is appreciated!! Muchos gracias!