Come On Feel The Ruido: Speaker Cars

"You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements." --Norman Douglas,South Wind I'm not sure how "deep" that quote is, but I like it. As we saw in a previous post about "shock and awe"-style advertising campaigns, if you want to sell something in Costa Rica, it's best not to be too subtle in your techniques. Grab a hold of that microphone, turn the volume up to 11, and go to town --just keep shouting until you force potential customers into submission (and into your store). But what if Read more [...]

Come On Feel The Ruido: If You Give A Man A Microphone…

Costa Rica is sometimes a loud country. In fact, a lot of Latin America can get pretty loud, and that's one of the first things you notice as an outsider. When I lived in Colorado I grew up in one of those neighborhoods where all the streets have Spanish names, for no explicable reason. Our house was close to a street called "Ruidosa." I didn't know any Spanish at the time, so I was surprised later to discover that "Ruidosa" means "noisy." I was surprised because it was one of the quietest places Read more [...]

La Presidente

Laura Chinchilla, the President of Costa Rica. She's actually surprisingly short in person. So much so that I invented a song called "Tiny President," to the tune of Elton John's "Tiny Dancer." I really wish I'd not done that. Update: After talking to Lucy, I feel like a fool for missing the most obvious and excellent caption for this picture: "Ich bin ein Berlíner." I had originally planned to write a general post about life in Costa Rica, but then this last Friday something unusual happened: Read more [...]