You know what’s not easy (at least for me)? Adapting. The idea of it is simple and sounds so easy. But, shocker, it’s not. Adapting to a new country, a new language, a new way of doing everything can be draining. Whether you like it or not, you have to change because the person you were before didn’t have the experiences you have now (experiences inevitable change you). You change and then you try to adapt and sometimes adapting looks great and sometimes it looks like a whole lot of tears.
However, the two things that helps me the most are connecting and time. Making small connections every day is key for me; I’ve always known that spending too much time alone is a recipe for disaster (so many thoughts, so much time to stress about nothing). It could be a small conversation with someone on the sidewalk, or a long Skype conversation with a friend back home, it all helps. Also, it takes time. Learning to enjoy the process and understanding that time will work everything out is key to staying happy.
Another thing that’s keeping me busy…our new puppy! She’s a Welsh Terrier named Frida, and is even more cuddly than Maya, which I didn’t think was possible 🙂
We went to the city yesterday to renew my passport, but before we left Antigua, we had breakfast at a new-ish hotel here called Good Hotel (worth reading about as they have an interesting concept). The modern
architecture was right up my alley, and a refreshing departure from the dark wood and faux finish paint that’s so common here in Antigua.
You can walk in to have breakfast even if you’re not staying there, which I would highly recommend since the food was different, fresh, and delicious (cornmeal pancakes and scrambled eggs with arugula and avocado)!
My next week will be filled with long walks in an attempt to potty train little Frida, along with finding a house in Antigua…wish me luck 🙂