Top 10 things (other than language) that we have been adjusting to for life in Costa Rica.

Everybody has their first day of school pix. Here are ours!

Everybody has their first day of school pix. Here is ours!

10—the currency, the Colon. 1 mil=1,000 colonas=$1.82
9—the metric system (all the food weight is in kilos)
8—understanding our oven temperature—it’s in Celsius
7—trying to figure out how to feed our family (translating ingredients and food labels and looking lost in the grocery store)
6—hanging our clothes to dry (while we have a dryer, the electricity to run it is expensive)
5—the noises we hear since we have to leave our windows open for the breeze
4—washing all our dishes by hand (got to stay on top of it after every meal, or dirty dishes take over our kitchen and thus provide an open invitation for ants and other buggies)
3—buying all of our fruits and veggies at “la feria” on Saturdays, and everything else at the Mega Super (not really mega or so super), Price Smart (similar to Sam’s Club), Wal-Mart or the AM/PM (like 7-11)
2—getting around mostly on foot
1—throwing our toilet paper in the trash

Adjusting to all of the above gives you a good glimpse into our first week here in Costa Rica. We finished our orientation yesterday and Marcus and I began classes today. We are eager to learn and speak Spanish “for real” as Calder puts it.

Calder summing up the way we all feel so far this week.

Calder summing up the way we all feel so far this week.

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