Our family just returned from Costa Rica, and we learned mucho. My high school Spanish was a little rusty, but I managed to get by. My favorite saying, “Como se dice ____?” or “How do you say ______?” proved very useful!
In keeping with the theme of my blog, There were many “freshman – like” experiences for our family. The slower life style and sunrise at 5:30 and sunset at 5:30 gave us a new perspective. I plan to share some of the lessons in the next few weeks.
- The Pacific Ocean
- Sodas – small restaurants that also serve as the owner’s home.
- Rain Forests / jungles
- Howler and Spider Monkeys in the trees
- “Cow Farms” as my wife called them. (The rest of us call them cattle ranches.)
- Signs in Spanish
- Huge, fresh, and delicious pineapples
- Road construction.
- Hanging bridges through the rain forests.
- Zip lines through rain forests.
- People walking along the road carrying machetes.
- People walking along the road wearing a shoulder strap with a machete and carrying an umbrella.
- Sloth, monkey, and iguana crossing signs.
- Horses, goats, chickens wandering along the road.
- Dogs lying down in potholes in the middle of the road.
- More potholes than at home.
- Traffic jams caused by cows walking down the road.
- Road construction without orange barrels. Instead, they used what looked like coffee cans with a metal rod or stick with a ribbon cemented in the center.
- Cow paths to a house on the side of a mountain that overlooks a lake and a semi-active volcano.
- “Mini Mega Super” store, which was as big as a convenience store.
- “Aztec Ruins” which were really the cement framing of a new home.
- Shacks with dirt floors yet bars on the windows.
- Security guards who use a plastic link chain to stop cars from entering parking lots.
- No street names, signs or addresses…having the police lead us to the condo.
- Riding 4-wheelers on the beach.
- Catching Mahi-Mahi and Tuna, filleting it on the boat, and having a restaurant cook it that night.
- Meeting some very friendly and happy people.
- Pura Vida!