Last night I attended my first “tico” event. It was really interesting and fun, but oddly enough it has left me with a mild longing for my home. I went with my host mom’s visiting brother and his girlfriend last night to celebrate her birthday. The brother is from Costa Rica but moved to Canada some years ago and his girlfriend and him are down here for two months on vacation. Julie (the girlfriend) is such a sweet girl, she only speaks French being from Quebec but is learning Spanish so the two of us communicate 0n a jumbled wavelength but its a fun learning process for the both of us. Last night we went to one of their friend’s houses. It was interesting the whole family was up and partying with us, which mainly consisted of friendly conversations, listening to music, and eating. It was really cool and I eventually had to duck out around 4 in the morning and here I felt like the lame one. The latinos are crazy here, hah. I did luck out and two of the people there spoke english really well, they work at call centers and say it gives them excellent practice. I don’t think the mom liked me very much, my Spanish is still pretty bad and I end up feeling like the stupid kid sitting there not comprehending. I suppose this is just more intiative to learn, but its not all that easy. Anyway I had a great time, the people were laid back, fun loving, and had good hearts when you really got to talking to them. I enjoyed most talking about the Costa Rican people and culture, I learned about how Costa Rica is the most economically stable country in central american (which I already knew) but what you can’t read about are the first hand observations and opinions of the people living in that area, for instance Costa Rica had national supported bands and arts, but now no one likes anything national the only things popular are foreign products and music. This ironically enough fits perfectly into the mold of a country with successful capitalism, we could say the same thing about the United States and their love for foreign things….Politics is a sticky subject, but I really enjoyed the outside perspective (or in this case inside perspective).
My title has a meaning, and that meaning derives from a conversation I had last night with a girl named Kari, she was a beautiful 28sh young woman with a daughter and worked two jobs, one at a call center and the other teaching english at night. Kari was telling me that the people of Costa Rica don’t have good vibes but moreso good waves, the difference being that with a wave you are bringing strength and ability to the table, along with those exuberent feelings that one usually refers to as vibes 🙂 I thought this was sweet..