My daughter, Christina, is in Costa Rica for a semester and she wrote about her first 24 hours there. Her post evoked feelings of joy, pride and a touch of envy, especially from a snowbound Minnesotan.
1) So much coffee. Everywhere. Including in the cell phone store (for free!). I think I’m in love.
2) Me gusta español, mais c’est très difficile to not switch over to French when speaking. I think it’s because, cognitively, I have both categorized as foreign/second languages, and so when I’m hearing Spanish, all I’m thinking is, “I need to speak words that are not English” and thus I end up speaking French. It both (ambos) does and does not help that the two languages are so similar.
3) Mountains. Mountains. Mountains. Having driven through the flat flat land between Minnesota and Texas just two weeks ago, this is quite the change. (Btw, I love mountains. I think it’s in my Norwegian blood to love lakes y montañas.)
4) All of the fruits and vegetables here are organic. Even the lettuce has more flavor than I’ve ever experienced before.
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