exploring, examining, exchanging, expressing
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Gringo Loco
Hola from Costa Rica! What a long four days it's been. My flight to San Jose was fine. No problems. But then I stood in line for immigration for about 2 hours. Too many tourists arrived at one time and we flooded the poor airport. And then one of my bags decided to take a later flight. It took me a while to get to the bottom of that one. It all worked out.

And now I'm here! The weather is beautiful, warm, sunny, and breezy. The people are wonderful. Everyone I've met has been friendly and helpful. And they won't stop feeding me! I think I've gained at least twenty pounds from all of the fruit and tamales and bread and gallo pinto and cakes and cookies and refrescos. It seems like as soon as we finish one meal, it's time to get ready for the next. And the coffee... oh the coffee... I want drink this coffee with every meal. I want to bathe in it. I want to dab it behind my ears so I can always have the scent with me. Yum. I drink it black, which is an oddity here. They still bring me sugar. I never use it, but they always bring it.

Marta, my friend and former student, is a most gracious hostess. She is treating me like her son. She has made me feel very much at home in her house. Her whole family has welcomed me and have helped me in so many ways. I am a very lucky gringo, indeed. Some of them speak a little English, so they like to practice with me. Everyone thinks it's hilarious that I don't speak Spanish. But I've learned enough to know when they're talking about me! It's all in good spirits, though. Life here is filled with warmth and joy.

I am still looking for a job. I've gone to a couple of interviews, and have more throughout the week. No worries. Something will come up.

For now, I'm still learning my way around - in both the city and the lifestyle. It's tough, and a little lonely at times, but also enjoyable. I have a good feeling about this. Things are going to be a-okay.