Last Day in the City

Trip Start Jan 21, 2013
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Trip End May 07, 2013


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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of San Jose,
Sunday, February 17, 2013

I can't believe the time has come for home stays to end!  I've had so much fun living in San Jose that it makes me wish I could spend more time here.
 
 Farewell to:
-our local friends (the adorable puppies we said Hi to every day)
-friends at CRLA
-the best professor ever, Gabi
-mi mama Tica: the best cook ever!
-the best cab driver in the world: Johnny
-Johnny II at our favorite cafe (don't know his real name but we love him)
-the long walks to and from school
-el calle amergura and all of its fun
-the chaos of city life (dogs barking, cars honking, crossing the street)
-fried food/ice cream

Discoveries/Things I've Learned:
-people always respond to Americans in English
-shorts are socially unacceptable.. and flip flops.. and carrying water bottles.. and fitness clothes in public.. and not wearing make-up.. so basically I'm socially unacceptable and I stopped trying
-crossing the street is the most dangerous activity offered in Costa Rica
-addresses are very strange
-Wacala! means gross and is my favorite word ever
-public groping was only banned a year ago....
-Dioy! can be said at any time for anything
-rice is not considered a carb here and comes with EVERY meal
-all the movies are in English with Spanish subtitles
-Netflix is accessible and 100x better
-the wifi is a joke
-clubs play American music
-plantains must be cooked
-Costa Rican Spanish is very unique; and seems easier for English-speakers
-Costa Ricans are very blunt
-Costa Ricans hate peanut butter (WHY?)
-the chocolate here is strange
-McDonald's delivers
-tacos at taco bell come with fries 
-there are tons of international people in Costa Rica
-Catholicism is overwhelmingly present but doesn't impact policy-making
-I'm expected to respond to "Macha!"
-people say con gusto instead of de nada
-the Spanish I learned in America is 95% different than conversational Spanish here
-Costa Ricans who talk to you at the club are not actually trying to practice their English
-Costa Rica is rated the happiest country in the world
-no surprise, Costa Ricans are very happy and friendly
-medical school is insanely cheap
-public education is much better than private
-very high literacy rate
-97% of energy comes from hydroelectricity
-very eco-friendly country 
-bathrooms at the beach cost money.. and are disgusting
-there is a wet and dry season
-locals think winter exists here?

The list could go on but it's all I can think of for now.  Time to return to Las Cruces!

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