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Spanish Word of the Week – Pura Vida

Pura Vida – This is a common greeting among Costa Ricans (Ticos). It’s literal translation is “pure life.”   In Costa Rica it is as much of a national motto as it is a greeting. It summarizes the local ideology of living at peace in a calm, uncluttered manner, appreciating a life surrounded by nature, family and […]

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Iglesia Christiana Berea

Iglesia Cristiana Berea

This morning we attended church at Iglesia Cristiana Berea.  It is a local church about a five minute walk from our apartment.  We went with our neighbor.   The service started at 9:30a and ended at noon.  Everything was in Spanish and nobody spoke any English.  The first hour was worship music followed by 30 […]

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Mike and Maddy looking for bugs

First Day Off in Costa Rica

Today we enjoyed our first day of doing NOTHING in a long time. Instead of going someplace we just enjoyed our neighborhood.   Madison has a homework assignment in her science class.  She has to collect eight different Costa Rican bugs and find out what they are.  So in the morning we went walking through the […]

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Failing Our First Test

Erin and Mike just took our first Spanish test. And, we failed…badly. No worries though. The test we failed was our placement exam. This is the test that helps the school determine how much Spanish we know.   Both of us only answered about 40% of the questions. Likely, many of our answers were wrong. We are not worried. If we knew […]

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Spanish Word of the Week – Tico

Tico – This is the common term for a native of Costa Rica. The plural form is ticos.   Residents of Costa Rica almost always refer to themselves as Ticos, instead of using the more-formal Costa Rican. It is acceptable for foreigners who are familiar with or living in Costa Rica to use the term Tico. The […]

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The Pettengills at the Spanish Language Institute

First Day of Orientation at Language School

This afternoon we attended our first orientation at the Spanish Language Institute.  Tomorrow Madison starts her first day of school and Mike and Erin continue going through the orientation and registration process.   Before orientation, after 10+ hours of sleep, we finished unpacking our bags and cleaning our apartment. After orientation we took a cab to […]

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Loading our bigs in Costa Rica

The Pettengills in Costa Rica

We’re here. We made it. We are in San Jose, Costa Rica to study Spanish at the Spanish Language Institute for the next nine months.   We were picked up at the airport by a fellow student. We loaded all of our bags on/in the car (barely), and drove to our new home.   We were treated to […]

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