"We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!" This is what Bilbo Baggins said to Gandalf when faced with the prospect of leaving his comfortable life to go on a vague quest with a group of strangers. And he was absolutely right. Adventures… Continue reading Adventures? Nasty Disturbing Uncomfortable Things! Make You Late for Dinner!
There's the riddle of the day for yesterday. Yesterday was the feast day of Saint Bartholomew, which obviously means there was a party in the streets with a lot of drunk people, some kind of band, and a bunch of "clowns" in creepy painted masks that would periodically walk through the crowd and hit people… Continue reading What Do Cow Bladders, Creepy Masks, and Saint Bartholomew Have In Common?
Disclaimer: I'm not 100% sure it's the university team, but that's the impression I got. So this story starts on a day like any other day in Costa Rica. I woke up discouraged and stressed because I had two presentations that I was not prepared for. After the first one, I was feeling a lot… Continue reading How I Accidentally Ended Up On The University Volleyball Team
My host mom's name is Nidia, but she goes by Nini (nee nee). When I first learned this, I was excited to inform her of a connection we have, because friends and family at home call me Nene (or Ney-Ney or Nay-Nay; pick your spelling). She kind of laughed and asked me if I would… Continue reading You Can Call Me Ne-Ne If You Want To (But It’s Kind of Weird)
August 15th in the Catholic Church is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics, and is based off of the belief that Mary was taken body and soul into Heaven at the end of her life, the idea being that because of her… Continue reading Día de la Madre
"Macha" is a Tico slang term that means "blonde girl." There's no inherently offensive or degrading connotations to the word, but it does have a certain effect. I knew before moving to Costa Rica that some Latin American men have a preference for blonde women, but I never really thought about what that would mean.… Continue reading Being Macha in a Latin American Country
Translation of the cover image: "By the zephyrs (breezes) rocked by the birds sung in a wide valley nestled among hidden flowers Heredia, my cradle..." This was painted on the side of a building (beats me if I remember where) in Heredia. It's not like Heredia has poems painted on every street corner, but I… Continue reading Heredia, My Cradle