Not a day goes by that I don’t chuckle or marvel at some behavior or action I’m doing and compare it to my old life in The States. On the surface, Costa Rica doesn’t seem that different from North America, but successfully living here requires little adjustments and new skill sets. There are tons of things I have learned in Costa Rica that I never imagined I would ever need or want to know. So far I have learned:
1. The best methods for using water out of buckets and bottles for drinking, cleaning, and… bathing.
2. The busiest biting hours of sand fleas.
3. Tiny ants are everywhere.
4. Tiny ants don’t taste bad.
Actually, you ate like ten of them.
5. The exact length and width of my car, with and without the side mirrors folded in.
6. Best strategies for driving through wet and dry river beds in a 2WD or 4WD vehicle.
7. Tires can be glued back together. This service only costs $2.
8. Alternate ways to express the innocent and popular US saying: “I’m excited.”
(Hint: it’s not the direct translation “estoy excitado”)
9. How to lie my way out of saying “no” in order to be polite.
10. Hot sauce and guaro go really well together.
11. Fruit has seeds, some are quite tasty.
12. You don’t have to throw away the whole fruit just because a bug ate part of it.
13. Living in harmony with spiders inside the house is quite possible.
14. How NOT to prevent birds from attacking a house.
15. How to deter aggressive street dogs.
16. Things will fix themselves if you wait long enough.
Can you relate?
Let’s add to this list. Tell me, what new skills or knowledge from Costa Rica or Central America have you surprised yourself with?