Heads or Tails?
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â€śWhen the road looks rough ahead
And you're miles and miles
From your nice warm bed
You just remember what your old pal said
Boy, you've got a friend in meâ€ť
In my opinion, these lyrics from Toy Storyâ€™s famous song, â€śYouâ€™ve Got a Friend in Meâ€ť apply perfectly to my trip in Costa Rica thus far. I am living far away from home and I often feel lonely because my friends and my family are not here with me. These lyrics aptly remind me that my entire support network is just an email, a call, or a facebook chat message away.
â€śCuando el camino parece Ăˇspero adelante
Y usted es millas y millas
De su cama tibia agradable
Usted acaba de recordar lo que su amigo viejo dijo
Chico, tiene un amigo en mĂâ€ť
These lyrics, although they are the exact lines from above translated into Spanish, hold an entirely different meaning for me.
I cannot believe the extent to which my grasp of the Spanish language has improved while I have been living here. Not only have I started to develop an accent, but I have also started to pick up colloquial phrases and slang words that help me to ease smoothly into conversations between locals and natural-speakers. Aside from these improvements, my vocabulary has been improving as well.
Costa Rica boasts a plethora of fantastic fruits (pictures included) that I have never heard of before.
A new phrase that I learned here is â€śEscudo o Corona?â€ť which means â€śHeads or Tails?â€ť This phrase is the name of a Spanish play that I am going to see in the theater on Sunday. To be honest, before my trip to Costa Rica, I would never have chosen to watch a play in Spanish. I have always been interested in cultural immersion and possessed an unsatiable love for the theater, but I have not always considered myself that comfortable with the Spanish language.
As I become more and more comfortable with the Spanish language and the culture here in Costa Rica, I am beginning to wonder to myself when I will return home. How about I flip a coin? Escudo- go home, Corona- stay here. Brief disclaimer for my parents and grandparents: I am joking and I fully intend to return!!!