Category Archives: Words from Costa Rica

Riding With Chon

When asked how long he had been here, Chon smiled slightly and replied, “Always.” And I believe him. He has that kind of permanence, a subtle and quiet depth, the kind that bespeaks years of growth, both outward and inward, … Continue reading

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Snorkeling off Samara

  One hot and steamy Sunday morning, my friend and I decided to rent a two-person sea kayak and venture out to the island that sits off the coast of Samara Beach. It is deserted, uninhabitable, and from the perspective … Continue reading

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Ode to the Aguacate

  In Costa Rica I have rediscovered the avocado (aguacate). Has there ever been a more perfect fruit? It has the loveliest shape, a small and heavy orb, beautifully rounded at the bottom and tapering into a graceful curve at … Continue reading

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Everyone’s Got a Story

Everyone’s got a story. When I travel, I like to meet new people, but not in the casual, small-talk kind of way. Talking about trivial things bores me silly. If I am going to spend my time with someone else, … Continue reading

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Sounds of Samara II

My second night in Samara was as exciting as my first. It was a Sunday night so, thankfully, my cabina did not transform into a karaoke bar or a hotspot for Latin dancing. After a long day exploring the town … Continue reading

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Tortugas!

Last night I joined a small excursion from the school to visit a nearby beach in search of nesting Tortugas; in this area the olive ridley sea turtles thrive despite endangerment and one can live up to 80 years. Now … Continue reading

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Sounds of Samara

Culture is an easy word but a complex concept. It‘s one that we all know and readily use, but one that is not easily defined. I have been learning how much sound is connected to culture and am having to … Continue reading

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First Day in Class

Since I arrived in Costa Rica three days ago, my mind has been reeling with words in Spanish: todos, tambien, mucho gusto, voy, me gusta, duchas, ahora, arroz con pollo, como esta usted. The new words and phrases pepper my … Continue reading

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Arriving at Samara

Rarely are things the way we imagine them to be. Sometimes the mental images and ideas we have formed in our mind about a person, a place or an anticipated event can never match the truth of reality. Other times, … Continue reading

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Words at 36,000 Feet

It’s hard to write this high in the air with the plane bouncing back and forth due to unexpected turbulence, and the man in front of me, who has elected to recline his seat as far back as it will … Continue reading

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