How To Speak Costa Rican: Calendar Anomalies

If you ever make plans with someone in Costa Rica, there's obviously a good chance you'll have to talk about when you're going to meet. In English, if it's Monday, January 1st, and you want to meet up on Monday, January 8th, you can say something like "Let's meet next Monday," "Let's meet on the 8th," or "Let's meet a week from today." It's a bit different here. Instead of saying "a week from today" or "two weeks from today," people here say "de hoy en ocho" ("from today in eight [days]") or "de Read more [...]

Costa Rica Isn’t Puerto Rico!? (Plus Four Other Useful Tips)

If you're planning a trip to Costa Rica, or even if you're just curious about the country, there are a few things that you should know before you come here. Here's a crash course in the top five important things to know about Costa Rica that came to my mind as I wrote this: 1. Costa Rica is not Puerto Rico. This is a controversial point, but no matter how much you try to insist on this issue, you'll notice that the normally easygoing Costa Ricans won't budge on this matter. With this fact also Read more [...]