Today’s vocabulary word could mistakenly be assumed to have one meaning: tomorrow. However, please read and deduce for yourselves the many meanings of this profound word.

  • Submitting our protocols to the Ethics Comittee and presenting our projects to the hospital staff: Everyone isn’t here today; this doctor is gone and that nurse is busy. Pero, mañana podemos hacerlo.
  • Gas to cook: We moved in over a month ago and still we lack gas to cook. But, mañana it should happen.
  • Work Visa:

Objeto Determinado (30-day temporary visa) in Lima, Peru – Mañana turned into 2 weeks, 20 or so bus rides, and countless, frustrating afternoons.
Cenetrop – We have to have documented proof from this – and only this – incredibly expensive laboratory that we are HIV negative and are of “SALUD NORMAL…no sufre de enfermedades infecto – contagiosas, hereditarias, ni mentales” (NORMAL HEALTH…he/she doesn’t suffer from any infectious, contagious, hereditary, or mental illnesses). If that’s not blatant discrimination, I need a refund of my Northwestern education. When could we pick the results up? Mañana.
Interpol – I have been declared free of past international crimes after my minimum 20-day wait and nearly $100. Carolina and her rowdy group of Harvard roommates are apparently still under investigation. Every day we call. Every day the response is the same: call back mañana.
Notary – We need to have a notarized letter from both a Bolivian supervisor and from ourselves saying that same thing: that we won’t be compensated from Bolivian entities while working here. When can they do this for us? You guessed it: mañana.
The actual work visa (for 1 year) – Today was my 3rd failed attempt to even submit the required documents and officially apply for the visa. You apparently can’t enter the line to drop this off past 4:45, even though they are open until 5:30. 39 days and counting. Each day over the 30-day Objeto Determinado costs $1/person. Awesome. Mañana.

  • Non-drying dryer: The repair man is out this afternoon; mañana. (manana = 3 days in this case)
  • Reserving the Churrasquero:

When will the office manager return?
Later today. She’ll be back around 3pm.
It’s 11:20 – what a lunch break!
3:10pm – no office manager.
The next day. Same time, same problem.
When should we expect her?

  • Donating Blood:

Please, ma’am, I’m just trying to donate blood to kid suffering from Dengue. I came from across the city and it is 15 minutes before you close.

Sorry, it’s so late and there is already so much work.

But I’m O- blood type…

O negative!? Ok, let me talk to the doctor…No, there are too many patients, he says. Mañana.

Please, the patient is suffering and his H&H is dropping.

O negative…well, let me check again.

Mañana. And make sure you come or I will hunt you down. O negative! And make sure you come back often.

Mañana – what’s another day?