fruta linda y rica
I had a very cultural weekend. As great as Liberia is, it isn't exactly overflowing with cultural events, most of the time. This weekend, however, was a lovely exception. After a relatively lonely Thanksgiving on Thursday and pretty calm Friday, I got up Saturday morning to go for a walk and run some errands. I found an entire fiesta going on in the Central Park, complete with Sabaneros (dances typical to the Guanacaste region), folkloric dress, homemade breads and tons of people. And of course I ran into about ten of my students. It was a lovely day in Liberia.
Then Saturday night, the other English teachers (Lindsay and Audrey) and I went concert-hopping. First, we went to hear an Argentine duo that was performing in an old church in town.
English teachers and the band
It was absolutely lovely Argentine/opera music and made me miss singing. From there, we headed out to a restaurant just outside of Liberia to hear one of Audrey's students perform with his jazz band. Fabio, her student, plays jazz saxophone and his band was great. They played typical American jazz, Latin fusion and more. We danced, drank and met fun, new people. It was a great night.
The next day was our big Tico Thanksgiving Extravaganza. Cole, our co-worker who is living in Cartagena (a little over an hour south on the Nicoya Peninsula), came in to celebrate, and we told all of our friends and some students here to come to Lindsay and Audrey's house and bring food, drinks, musical instruments, etc. The party was supposed to last from 1 to 5pm, but we ended up going until about 9 pm.
The Liberia ladies and Guanacaste guy threw a great party!
During that time, we had tons of delicious Tico and American food (gallo pinto and pecan pie, anyone?), a performance from a Brazilian Carnival Band that one of Lindsay's students is in, lots of cultural dancing and many songs performed for us on the guitar. Fabio didn't bring his jazz saxophone, but I did end up singing "Let it Be" for everyone as another friend accompanied me on guitar. They coaxed me to sing another ("At Last") for them, after which Fabio asked if I would SING WITH HIS BAND. AAAHHH! I really hope he doesn't flake out on me because that is like my dream come true. I will definitely publicize it if/when I perform with an amazing Tico Jazz Band because, seriously, like I said, DREAM COME TRUE.
So who says three partly vegetarian gringas can't throw an awesome Thanksgiving party in Costa Rica when it's 90 degrees outside? We are totally the awesome English teachers in town. My goal is to be a legend by the time I leave here. I think it's a pretty reachable goal. My life is awesome.