An A.M. Costa Rica reprint
Aug. 19, 2010
|Costa Rica: How many ways do we love thee
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Pessimism is a frequent failing of expats when they face the unusual or the frustrating. Still most stay here because Costa Rica has unique benefits.
Not the least of which is the weather: the perpetual spring of the Central Valley, the scorching and
Then there is the encounter with nature, be it a hike through a rain forest or coming eyeball to eyeball with a tiny lizard in the kitchen. Or maybe the local monkeys dropped by for a snack.
The cheap variety of fruits and vegetables is a hallmark of the local feria, but one can't beat
Even if one is not religious, there is something overwhelming about a Good Friday funeral procession for Jesus or 2 million of the faithful hiking to Cartago and the Virgen each August.
Many expats here are seniors, and the Costa Rican society has special treatment for the golden agers. But that is true, too, for the infirm, the pregnant and the young.
And who would want to miss the excitement and appreciation of El Día de la Madre here. The fuss, the gift-giving and the respect outweigh that of the same holiday in the United States or Canada.
|The ferias are good, but the
Mercado Central is great, a walk back into
time with traditional eating places, leather shops, clothing, footwear,
roasted coffee, and all kinds of produce and meats. And how about those
giant shrimp and fish the size of an expat's leg.
For real time travel, all an expat or tourist has to do is walk south of Avenida 6 into the maze of older San José neighborhoods where mom and pop stores thrive and sausage hangs in loops from the rafters of tiny butcher shops. This is where expats can find the hard-working, helpful, friendly Costa Ricans.
Thanks to the great public transportation most of the Central Valley is accessible without a personal
The museums house outstanding relics of the past. But there is a town in Guanacaste where they have been making ceramics for 3,000 years, long before there were Aztec customers from the Valley of México. They use some of the same molds.
When something is not quite right, it is good to know that several world-class hospitals are available
Soccer fever permeates the culture, and even watching a Sunday match on the television at the local bar can cure low blood pressure.
Then there is the realization that yes, it is possible to talk in another language, and, by gosh, they understand!
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