“No se.” That’s probably the most frequent phrase I use here in Costa Rica.”I don’t know.” For instance, I don’t know:
– how to convey the incredible gratitude I feel for landing in a place with people who often remind me of those I love back in the U.S. The smiles are big and the hearts are bigger.
– what I’m supposed to be doing when it comes to much of day to day life. The experience in the school and working alongside others on projects — those things are no problem. But today I spent the better part of an hour not sure why I was riding in a taxi along a bumpy rocky road, getting out of said taxi at a farm, finding out the farm is also a dental clinic, and waiting for what I discovered was my host’s dental appointment to be over.
– how soccer actually works. I get what a goal is and the whole “don’t touch the ball with your hands thing” but what exactly is a good defense? a good offense? I really need to get a handle on these things!
What I do know:
– “Gracias” is an important phrase to use over and over again.
– A swing is to be swung. As soon as I got to the farm/dental clinic and realized we were there for more than listening to birds (which we did) and look at the tilapia ponds (which we also did) I found the swing and figured that since I at least knew how it worked, I’d enjoy.
– Nothing beats the sound of friends/family listening to a game on the TV while I am lulled into a sense of safety and protection as rain pours on our hot tin roof.
– I live a full life and want to always be fully aware of how incredible each moment truly is.