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Growing Up in a THIRD WORLD Country | Nicaragua Living Conditions

Growing Up in a THIRD WORLD Country | Nicaragua Living Conditions

Today I wanted him to talk about what life was like growing up for him, because it’s just so different than what we experienced, or at least, me and my family and a lot of people that I know, how we grew up. Hello everyone, welcome. Holaaa. For those of you who don’t know, this is my husband Tomas, and our beautiful daughter. He’s from Nicaragua, a third-world country in Central America. -Nicaragua, Nicaragua. I really wanted to share this with you because, when I first met him and and as my family members have met him, we are just so intrigued by how he was raised, and what his daily life was like. This is a story that starts like this. How old were you when you started school? I was five years old when I start, In the first grade. First grade or kindergarden? I didn’t go to the kindergarden. I was so smart. So I went right to first grade. Intermission. And we’re back. What was your first job and how old were you? We worked in construction, we started
work at 6 a.m., 7 a.m. and we’d get done at, I don’t know, 1, 2 in the morning.
I started working at the age of 11. I was going from first grade to second. After I finished class, the next day, when I started my vacation, I started working. Why did I start working that early? Because in Nicaragua, we can say every córdoba you make, for help your family is good, so, have a little bit money to buy some stuff for me, sometimes for go to the school next year. That’s the reason we work too early, and too hard. And for buying good traditional Nicaraguan food, right? What was your favorite food? Gallo pinto, carne asada, tajada. What a meal. Exactly that, right? Those things together. It’s your favorite meal. What was the normal birthday party for you like? Piñata, friends, and rain. And rain, yeah. Most birthdays, it was raining. Because in the winter it rains a lot in September. But there’s a piñata, music, dancing, candy from the piñata, candy in a bag And the traditional food for the piñata, piñata rice, that is, affectionately known as stuffed rice. We’re going to make a piñatita for you when you’re turning a year old, you hear. yes, yes. What were the chores you had to do in the house? Always before anything, clean
the house. Right, Mom? Isn’t that right? If I didn’t clean the house, I couldn’t go play
I couldn’t do homework, I couldn’t go anywhere. Sweep the floor, mop it, clean chairs, the windows, and whatever we have to clean. Take the dust out. Clean the patio, and put the garbage together, and put it on fire. So after your chores are done, what did you do for fun? Well, after my chore was done, I need to do homework, after homework, most of the time we played at night, so sometimes soccer, baseball, and In the day we play trump, marbles.
In the night we played hide and seek, libre, a trip to the moon, the move to China, I have good memories of that. So a little boy playing with his boy friends, did you ever get into trouble? Oh, well, I was playing with my brother and another friend, we didn’t have a ball so we used an orange. Sour orange. Then the sour orange rolled away, a car passed, went right over it. I said, I’m going to cut another one. I ran, climbed the tree, and… I can’t remember. He hit his head on the curb. The only thing I remember is that I woke up in the hospital, that’s it. And the doctor told him he needs to get stitches, but they didn’t have money to get stitches, so they didn’t do it. But he healed up, and he’s here, and he’s fine. I don’t know if I’m fine. Maybe a little crazy, but we still love you. Thank you. What was college like for you? I went to the college trying to be a civil engineer. Every Saturday. The college was like two miles from our house, so I went walking, on Route 11. I just got the joke. Route 11? Yes. That’s good. You pay $30 a month. Sometimes I didn’t have money to pay, so I got out of college, Got more money, and go back. So I was back and forth, back and forth. Well, you pretty much answered this question, but how did you get from place to place? Eleven, or Route Eleven. Route eleven. On bus route, market, little market, to Bisne. Taxi. Now tricycle, because there’s a ton. but most of the time… If you wanted to like, go to other places inside of your country, did you do any family vacations, or traveling, or.. Well, most of the traveling we had is on a “field trip.”
We went on “field trips” to Masaya, Granada, the most common. That was the, the way of,
travel for us to get out of, change the routine. It’s a big bus, for 70
passengers. Now there are ru- there are “field trips” to go to San Juan del Sur, to Ometepe,
other places, and they cost more. But in that time we paid 100 cordobas per person and went, almost the whole family, for a day. And you leave at like 4 a.m., -or 5. -Four in the morning. And we get back, I don’t know, at 8, 9, it depends. We didn’t have a car. Who did you learn from the most, or who did you look up to, growing up? Grandpa.
Don Payín, affectionately called. He was the person we grew up with. He was my dad because he was the person who was always there. He taught me a lot of
things, not only me, but also my brothers. He taught us that life is not
easy, and you always have to live it, smile. He taught us to be good people. And he taught us that one can have a million friends if possible. He had a lot, many
friends, he was a well-known person. He was so well known that when we went to buy stuff,
he woke us up at five o’clock in the morning to go and buy milk and bread at the Cayuco bakery. The bakery is about ten minutes walking. We went back to the
house about six-thirty. Why? Because on the way, there were people
outside their houses cleaning, watering, And that’s it. They waved and he would stay chatting
a little bit, a little bit, a little bit, a little bit here a little bit there, total, all that time went by. He also taught us that we should share. No matter what we have or
how much we have. He had what we call a farm. There are fruit trees there that
we picked from. And if you didn’t eat in that same place, when
you’d come to the house you wouldn’t eat, because everything we picked, along the way,
we came, we always walked, many children would come out, the acquaintances of my grandpa, and called him grandpa, Grandpa, Grandpa here grandpa there, and he began to give
mango, nanzite, marañón and at the end, we came to the house with nothing.
Thank you, Grandpa. Anything else you want to add? For some people, my life sounds really hard. Yeah maybe I can say it was hard for my childhood, compared to where I am now. But start working that early, physical labor, because yeah it was really physical, we were working in construction, That made me realize how hard your parents need to work to get food at home. And buy you clothes, shoes. It made me appreciate everything. that my parents do for me and my brothers. The life is hard, but you have to live life in the
best way, enjoy it, you have to learn to respect your parents, your elders, thanking God for everything, good or bad,
whatever happens you always have to be grateful. And my whole process, up to today, was what I learned. It’s life. If life wasn’t like that, it wouldn’t be a life.
Thank you for watching, I hope you enjoyed this video, I hope you learned something, I hope you appreciate your life. Every time he talks about that, it just- makes me think about how I grew up, and how… I had everything I needed, so… I’m just so thankful for that. That’s life. So like this video, comment below, subscribe for more, and we’ll see you next time. Byeee.

3 comments on “Growing Up in a THIRD WORLD Country | Nicaragua Living Conditions

  1. Did you have to do chores before you did anything else? That's one similarity between Tomas's childhood and mine, though we grew up in very different places.

  2. I just want to ask for a favor: please do not refer to the country as "third world country," it sounds like disparage and disrespectful especially if you are trying to "educate" others about a place including lifestyle or the way the people from there struggle to make a living. I am not denaying the actual reality of the country, but it does not seem appropriate. On the other hand, I really appreciate what you try to show. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in the world that do not have the same opportunities that people born or raised in the USA. In many countries, there are children without food, water, and the possibility to study. Thank you for the good work.

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