Thursday, June 11, 2009

Vive la différence!

One of the joys of living in Costa Rica's central valley is being part of an international community. Whether it's in the workplace, the classroom, church, or at social events, we interact daily with people from all over the world.

Recently our family went to a party at the house of some good friends. The nationalities of the guests included Spanish, American, British, French, Mexican, Portuguese, Dutch, Italian, Polish, and Guatemalan—a very diverse bunch!

It's not uncommon for us to compare notes with friends on cultural habits, traditions, languages, foods ... it's a fascinating way to learn about other countries and peoples. I have always loved to travel, and living here has given our family an even stronger desire and determination to see more of the world. Sharing our experiences with people from other continents enriches our lives in many ways and allows us to appreciate different perspectives and cultures—and to also learn more about what we feel defines us as Americans. We love this aspect of Costa Rica living!