People of Granada

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When was the last time that a woman, after hearing sleazy comments from some guy in the street, looked at the stranger and said “wow, I am so turned on, I want you right now!”

Yep. Never.

So can anyone explain me why, in Nicaragua, guys think their salacious comments will get them anywhere?

It started right after crossing the border. And trust me, I didn’t feel the least sexy, in my usual backpacker uniform, dirty and sweaty. I climbed in the bus and heard things I won’t write down here. And I had to walk fast because guys were trying to grab me.

Not okay.

I am used to catcalls and whistle—I heard them everywhere in the world, with the notable exception of North America (where men are probably scared to be sued for sexual harassment). I have been ignoring them since I’m twelve and since I have breasts.

“Amor, amor!” Yes, this I can ignore as well. But I did find men in Granada very aggressive. A golden rule is to ignore them—which is what I am doing.

But still, it feels wrong.

You can see the com­plete set of Nicaragua on Flickr.

Schoolgirls

Schoolgirls

Baby

Baby

Hanging Out

Hanging Out

Selling Ice Cream in Front of a School Is a Sure Hit

Selling Ice Cream in Front of a School Is a Sure Hit

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

The Church

The Church

Street Life

Street Life

Loading a Chicken Bus

Loading a Chicken Bus

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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

8 Comments

  1. I am Mexican and all the whistling and that stuff is common in some places in Mexico too, which I find quite upsetting. But trying to grab you?! That is a new one. So wrong. I am sorry you went through that.

    I found your blog a few weeks ago while researching about Canada. I’m moving to Alberta (maybe, still deciding where to live) in a couple of months. I am so glad I found it, I really enjoy your posts 🙂

    • Welcome to Canada! How did you decide to move to Alberta?

      You will see, guys in Canada are so… well, respectful compared to many countries!

      • Thanks! I agree, most guys are so polite.

        My husband is Canadian, and while waiting for my PR we lived in Mexico for a while and now Australia. We are finally going back to the north soon though. We are thinking Alberta because it is closer to his family. But still deciding.

        • Australia is a great place to work in right now, isn’t it? The economy seems strong! It’s expensive though.

          I don’t know Alberta, only Ontario. But yes, being close to family is often easier (at least when you first move!).

  2. Even in Canada when I was about 12 and wearing my catholic school uniform, I would get catcalls all the time and I just can’t understand why men do that!

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