Las Spicy Gringas!
Liberia Travel Blog› entry 27 of 33 › view all entries
March 8th, 2010 – by: lindsaypo
Most of the time, I love this fact. Living with Noemy is great, and living with a tica is exactly what I wanted (not to mention that she has a great house and all my utilities/some food/laundry is included in my rent). Most of my friends here are really fun too and although my students may get on my nerves on times, I'm convinced that they are better than anyone else's English students. As I may have mentioned, however, I don't have many tica friends. At home in the US, I'm a girl's girl. Yes, I have guy friends (although many of them are gay, which is beside the point), but I have some very close girlfriends whom I wouldn't trade for any amount of money in the world.
"Well, when you meet foreign guys, you think, 'you're different. I like you. Let's be friends.' But with girls, it's another story."
Although I am a strong believer against cultural barriers and that deep down we all want the same things in life, things are different when it comes to girlfriends. I do have a few tica friends here, but (and this is not a point against them so much as it is a testament to my amazing girlfriends) they just aren't the same.
For that reason, my "spricy gringas" have become a key part of my life here in Liberia.
Back to my spicy gringas, they're awesome. We work together, plan lessons, cook meals, go out, chill on the beach, talk about life, complain about ticos when they're stupid, eat vegetarian food together (when we can find it), watch movies and snuggle, complain about the heat, rejoice that we're not in the cold, chill with our one spicy gringo (shout out to Cole, our coworker and friend who lives about an hour away but comes to visit most weekends, and who is also amazing) and other such pasttimes.
In short, girlfriends get you through life. I may be young, and I may have a lot left to figure out in life, but one thing I know for sure is never to underestimate the power of girlfriends.
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