Trip Start Sep 17, 2010
12Trip End Oct 03, 2010
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Several days ago I met a Tico woodworker who hand-makes artistic wooden signs from the wood of the Pochote tree; a local tree common in "dry" rain forests. (See the next entry for discussion of "dry" rain forests.) I commissioned a personalized sign from him for me and went back today to pick it up and I ordered a few more. He used to be a bar tender at a hotel in Tamarindo, a town heavily populated with Americans during the dry season. ("Summer" in the local lexicon.) He's primarily mono-lingual in Spanish. Although he has picked up enough English for some basic communication, any extensive conversation is impossible in English. He’s learned, however, that his limited English is better than most Americans’ Spanish so he was really surprised to run into an American who is fluent in Spanish and we’ve had a great time talking
Today he invited me to watch a game of soccer tonight in which he was playing. There’s a local “indoor” soccer field that lots of local teams play on. It’s actually outdoors but is a tiny field with artificial turf and small goals, completely enclosed with netting. Five-man teams play each other instead of the 11-man team that would use a full-sized field. My evenings are usually pretty quiet since I’m not much of a “night life” kind of person so I went out and had a great time watching him play.
If you come to this part of Costa Rica, stop by and say "hi" to him.