Spanish Word of the Week – Estadounidense

Estadounidense – This is someone who is a citizen of the United States. The English equivalent is “American”.   If you are from China you are a chino (Chinese).  If you are from Canada you are canadiense (Canadian).  In Spanish, the United States is called Estados Unidos. Therefore its citizens are called Estadounidense.   Those of us […]

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Aaaaaaaaat Is Enough

The last two days at school have been kind to the Pettengill family here in Costa Rica.  Between the three of us we have received eight grades and all eight of them have been A grades.   Erin got an A on a Spanish reading test. Mike kept his streak going by receiving two more As […]

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Potholes in San Jose, Costa Rica

Potholes or Moon Craters?

The streets of San Jose, Costa Rica are strewn with potholes.  Downtown, midtown, and the suburbs. There are so many that it makes driving, riding a bike, jogging or even walking a challenging activity. Several of our classmates have report twisted or sprained ankles due to altercations with potholes.   The potholes are so plentiful that busses, […]

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Mike, Erin and Madison at Jaco, Costa Rica

Our First Day At The Beach

Today we ventured out to the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.  It was quite a journey, but very inexpensive and fun. We went to the town of Jaco with the Wright family.   The Wrights are a family of five from Folsom, California (30 minutes from our home). They are attending Spanish school with us. They are missionaries […]

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El Vidente with Nicholas Cage

Our First Date In Costa Rica

This evening Erin and Mike got to go on our first date here in Costa Rica. Madison had a movie night at school so the big kids went out for dinner and a movie.   We went to a Costa Rican Bar-B-Q restaurant and ate plantains, yucca, black beans, pork, chicken, and corn.  It was a […]

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