Smirnoff, Schmirnoff

My friend Brad pointed out this article to me today. You can have a look at it, but the gist of it is that for some reason, Costa Rica is the #1 consumer of Smirnoff Ice in the world! Any time this little country is #1 in anything, it gets my interest, so I checked it out. It's interesting, since you do see Smirnoff Ice everywhere here. But since I've lived here for 8 years, I didn't know that it wasn't normal when compared to the rest of the world. I also didn't know that it had a reputation Read more [...]

Is Costa Rica Really “The Happiest Country In The World”?

Even if you've never been to Costa Rica, you may have heard it described as "The happiest country in the world." And if you have been here, it's almost certain you've heard that slogan, especially since there's now a sign that proclaims "Welcome to the happiest country in the world" or something very much like that as you ride the escalator to immigration at the San Jose airport. I've been hearing that phrase for almost 8 years now, and it's been on my mind a lot. In my class today we Read more [...]