Una diva tica

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Fabio rocking out
Continuing with the bonita-ness of esta vida...

Saturday night was amazing. Singing with a Costa Rican Jazz band lived up to all my expectations and more. When I arrived at the restaurant after my class around 6:30, the band was running late setting up and since I didn't even get to test out the sound equipment until about 7:15, I knew we wouldn't get started by 8. That's just how Ticoland is and you learn to love it. So María Rosa (the other singer) and I went to her house to get ready and came back for the show to begin only about a half an hour late.

Almost all of the people I care about most in Liberia came to the show, which really meant a lot to me. I had my gringo cheerleaders, Lindsay, Audrey and Cole there, a few of my students, and a few other friends.
María Rosa and the band
But one of the best parts was having Noemy (my hostmom) there, since it felt like I had a part of my family there with me. She stayaed for the entire show, even though she had to leave early today to take her daughter Sabrina back to San Jose. But she brought a friend and had a few beers and I was so glad to have my Mamá Tica there.

The band played a set of songs with incredible piano, sax and guitar solos, then did three songs with María Rosa, then the song "Girl from Ipanema" with another friend of theirs, then another instrumental set with just the band, and then I sang "At Last," "Misty," "Smooth Operator" and "Summertime." They decided that the "spicy gringa" (as Lindsay, Audrey and I call ourselves) should close the show. It was the most fun I've had in a long time and that's saying a lot because I have been having a lot of fun here.
Me and Morpho
We don't know when the next show is yet, but there will surely be a few within the next month or so, and they say I am invited to sing with them at every one, so I'm excited.

We all went out to a bar together afterwards and it was a fun gringo/tico mix. I'm sure I've said this before, but the people here are one of a kind. They are so genuine and I immediately feel welcomed whenever I meet new people. And there is this song, "Que bonita es esta vida," (the title of my last entry) that very accurately sums up Costa Rica. It's just about how life is short, but you have to spend it well and appreciate what you're given; hence the country's slogan, "Pura vida."

Tonight I went to Fabio's (the saxophone player) house to hang out with the band for a little bit, since the drummer (Didier) and the guitar player (Randy) both invited me separately. They were so complimentary and I'm so glad not only to be a part of the band, but also to have them as my new friends. I already feel so comfortable with them, even though I really only met them a few days ago. Time feels weird here. Sometimes the weeks feel like minutes and the days feel like months... But more the former than the latter.
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Fabio rocking out
Fabio rocking out
María Rosa and the band
María Rosa and the band
Me and Morpho
Me and Morpho
Singing with soul
Singing with soul
Me and Morpho during At Last
Me and Morpho during "At Last"
Sax solo
Sax solo
My gringo fan club :)
My gringo fan club :)
The Liberia ladies and the Guanaca…
The Liberia ladies and the Guanac…
Las Lindsays
Las Lindsays
Lindsay and Audrey bailando
Lindsay and Audrey bailando
Noemy and me
Noemy and me
Mi mamá tica y yo... I dont know…
Mi mamá tica y yo... I don't kno…
Las cantantes
Las cantantes
Liberia
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