Back home again, in Costa Rica...
Liberia Travel Blog› entry 24 of 33 › view all entries
February 3rd, 2010 – by: lindsaypo
I arrived home at about 1:30 this afternoon, after quite the fiasco of the last few days, mostly good, but some trying as well. On Thursday, as I was teaching my last class before heading off to Alajuela and then to Atlanta for my friend Elizabeth's wedding, I received a knock on the classroom door. Normally someone from the governmental institute that runs my classes comes to make sure things are going to plan every once in a while, so I figured it was one of them. When I went to the door and saw an unfamiliar face, I opened the door, concerned. A woman stood there, holding a large, beautiful bouquet of flowers.
"Disculpe, usted es Lindsay?" she asked.
"Uhhh... sí?" I answered, rather uncertainly. She smiled at my confusion, handed me the bouquet and told me to read the card inside. Left a little bewildered, but a little bit unfazed as well (I mean, this kind of thing just happens to me), I turned around to face my rambunctious class, hooting and hollering that "Teacher got flowers!!! Who's the lucky tico??? Teacher, I didn't know you had a boyfriend!!!" I will never be taken seriously by those students again...
I do not, to be clear, have a boyfriend. The flowers, as I found after reading the sweet, but overly dramatic "I'll miss you" (for four days) card, were sent by a male suitor/friend who has made it crystal clear that I am the gringa of his eye. It was extremely sweet, but also unnecessary that he had them sent during my class.
So after pawning the flowers off on my coworker to take care of them for the weekend, I hurried to the bus station to take me to Alajuela, where I would spend the night at a friend's house (the guitarrist from the band I sing with) before heading off to Atlanta the next morning. Traveling is always somewhat of a hassle, but I've become comfortable now, as long as I'm in a country that speaks either Spanish or English or preferably both. I arrived in Atlanta with only a few minor setbacks due to winter weather (damn, that country is cold!) and got to see some of my best friends from college whom I hadn't seen since last May. Needless to say, it was an amazing weekend.
Exhausted by happy, I flew back to the tropics on Monday and stayed at my friend's house again that night, before leaving early Tuesday morning to catch a bus back to Liberia to teach a class at noon.
Clearly, it was a typical "welcome back to Costa Rica" kind of day, but it really did make me feel oddly at home.
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