Having Marcos here is another reminder of how spoiled we are in America. He calls himself a caveman in my home (note that he said it first), and in all honesty, sometimes the way he looks at something, reminds me of one, or a monkey. Head tilted, scratching head, hand on hip, quizzical brow, "...um Cole, what is this?" From the electrical pencil sharpener, that made him jump back, to the can opener that he figured out on his own. Or the water dispenser in the fridge, "where does all the ice come from?", and the garbage disposal which is the "coolest thing in the world". We had to go over drying rules for certain clothes so much that I finally just put up a rule board for him "things not to dry". I came home and found three loads (jeans, white, and colors) all into one, filling the entire space in the dryer, because he thought it would save energy. It took three times longer than usual.
This realization comes with another one from Marcos. He now understands why I reacted the way I did in Spain to his way of life. Just the quietness of my neighborhood, compared to his, baffles him. We went hiking to lower and he loved the stillness of the mountain, stopping every 20 feet and just listening to quietness and the occasional bird tweet. At night, he purposely listens for noise and finds he can't even hear a dog barking. "How am I going to sleep when I get back home? I sleep so good here!" Two words: Ear plugs. The only thing that keeps him awake here is the sun. I supplied him an eye mask so that he doesn't wake up at 5 am due to the bright daylight already streaming through my blinds.
10. I wore ear plugs in Spain, Marcos wears an eye mask here.
9. I hung my clothes in Spain, Marcos gets to use a dryer.
8. I ate non processed meat in Spain, and he is being poisoned by ours.
7. My selection of cereal was about 10 different kinds and here, Marcos can choose from about 40 (and I thought Fair way Market was small!)
6. We stole movies off the internet in Spain, and here we use NETFLIX!!!
5. I saw a lot of stray cats, and he sees eagles and bears.
4. I was scolded when touching the fruits and veggies in the market without using a plastic glove in Spain.... here you get produce with everyone's germs smothered on them.
3. We don't take naps here, but Spain shuts down for three hours to just "rest".
2. They lock everything. Marcos had two doors to the outside and both were locked at night and all day long. Here it's so safe, the door sometimes stays propped open.
1. I tried their sea food, that all tasted like low tide, and he gets to eat the real stuff here!! ;)