Mañana doesn’t mean tomorrow!

Mañana doesn’t mean tomorrow!

For those who don’t know me yet, I would like to let them know that I grew up in the French Caribbean, which interestingly, is very similar to Panama in a lot of ways. I will probably do other posts with similarities but today, I will focus on:

Mañana doesn’t mean tomorrow!

 Martinique

I remember when I was a kid and when we moved in Martinique (back in 1980, yes I know, long time ago, thanks for reminding me!!!), we went to stores and asked for stuff that was not displayed. Most of the answers we got were “there is no left”, “it is in the container” (knowing that port workers were on strike 3 days per week, it was not really the expected answer…), or “come back tomorrow”.

And guess what?! The first few times, we came back the following day, like “tomorrow” huh! We kept hearing “come back tomorrow” over and over again… We finally understood that the only thing that this 3-word sentence meant was “not today”. Tomorrow actually had nothing to do with what they were telling us!

When we moved in Panama in January 2014, it took me a few weeks to remind what I learned from living almost 20 years in another tropical country. You just have to be prepared to adjust to a new culture, a new way of life, but wasn’t it what you were looking for? I won’t be worth it to cross one ocean or two just to find what we left home!

I see people complaining about people not caring and/or the lack of customer service because of this simple word, “Mañana”. Sadly, this is a misunderstanding. This is not that people don’t care, this is just the fact that what is important for ones may be useless for others! Just keep calm, take a deep breath, and remember why you came here. Because, at the end, this is WHAT matters!!!

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