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Querida Mita

Advice Column from a wise, loving, I’ve-had-73-volunteers-so-I-definitely-know-the-answer-to-all-your-questions Nicaraguan grandmother.

Querida Mita,

Peace Corps life can be a lot to manage at times.  I love my community, but sometimes struggle to be so far from my support group and from the things I used to love to do.  Add in a couple acosos on the street, struggling to communicate in Spanish, or a hard day of teaching and I can start feeling pretty down.  Querida Mita, when life seems stacked against you, how do you keep from feeling blue?

Querida voluntaria,

What do I do to keep from feeling blue? Well, let me tell you something. Fijate que…

There will always be sad times in life, but it’s important to remind yourself of what you are grateful for. Have you thanked God for being alive today? Even if you don’t believe in God, you can still be thankful for that breath you just took. Hay mas tiempo que vida (There is more time than life) is my favorite saying for a reason. Life is short, and we must appreciate it.
Continue reading “Mita’s Secret for Happiness”

Querida Mita,

What is the key to a long distance relationship? I have never had to do one before, but I am about to.


Querida Muchacha,

Fijese que…

There’s an old saying that goes amor de lejos, amor de pendejos. Why would you do that to yourself? Oh well, chavalos y chavalas these days are moving so much que andan como pata de perro that I understand why you’re doing a long distance relationship.

In my 73 years, I’ve seen my family and those of my neighbors separated because Continue reading “Mita’s Secrets to Long-Distance Love”

Submit a Question to Querida Mita

Advice Column from a wise, loving, I’ve-had-73-volunteers-so-I-definitely-know-the-answer-to-all-your-questions Nicaraguan grandmother.

Have a question about some aspect of the culture or living in Nicaragua? Submit your questions to our Querida Mita advice column. (Querida Mita…What’s the best way to catch leña on fire? / What’s the key to a long-distance relationship? / What’s pre-service training like?)

She can’t wait to tell you what’s corrrrrrrecto.

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