Liberia Travel Blog› entry 29 of 33 › view all entries
April 11th, 2010 – by: lindsaypo
My family came to visit a few weeks ago and it was great to have them finally see what my life is like here. They came during Semana Santa, so I was fortunate enough to have the week to travel with them. We went to Monteverde/Santa Elena (rainforest), Arenal/La Fortuna (volcano), and Liberia/Playa Hermosa (home/beach).
Since they left, I've been trying to live up the time I have left here. I'm still teaching, but my classes will end in about a month and then I'm on my own. I'm planning a trip to Limón with my gringas and gringo and then hopefully I'll make it to Panama too. Day trips to beaches and national parks are in my plans with tico friends too.
Yesterday, I went to Playa Naranjo, a new beach in Parque Nacional Santa Rosa with the gringas and two tico friends. After driving through an extremely rocky road through the national park to get there, I saw that it was so worth it. I think it is now my new favorite beach that I've been to here. There was practically no one there, except for a few camping gringos, and about a mile of beautiful beach and huge waves.
While on this trip, however, I was reminded about the curiosity of the answers to the question "when?" in Spanish. I'm pretty sure this is a Costa Rican or Central American thing and not a universal Spanish thing, but trying to figure out timing is very difficult here. I've read guidebooks that warn uptight gringos that Guanacaste is definitely not the place for them, and the guidebooks are right. The words "ahora" and "ahorita" are just generally confusing. Technically meaning "now" and "right now," respectively, the latter can be used to mean "in a little while, in five minutes, in an hour or in four months." A little vague, eh? What's more, "más tarde," meaning "later" is often added after "ahorita," making "Right now, later" the answer to the question "When are we going to leave Liberia?" Again, this could be "in five minutes, in an hour, etc..." While this often makes foreigners quite confused, it just makes me work on my flexibility and fall a little bit more in love with the "locuras" of this place. Yesterday, I definitely didn't mind getting lost in the waves and having no set schedule of plans.
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