Are you all settled in after the holidays? Do you think this year is going to be a great one? I hope you’re as excited as I am for 2019.
I was out running errands and caught myself doing something very “Tico.” In case you don’t know, “Tico” is slang for Costa Rican. They have some distinctive customs. I find most of them to be a wonderful way to live a slower, less stressful life. I often catch myself doing things the “Tico” way. Here’s an example that gave me a chuckle.
Why I love walking on the shady side of town.
From reading some of my other blog postings, you’ve probably discovered winter in the United States is called “verano” or summer in Costa Rica. The average daily temperature is about 86o – 98o F.
If you’re like me, you’ll want to take a stroll around town. It’s only a few square blocks in size. As you walk around town, you’ll feel the bright sun shining down on you. You’ll hear red scarlet macaws, toucans, and other tropical birds squawking. You’ll inhale the fragrant smell of onions and red peppers coming from open-air restaurants. As you walk along the sidewalk, suddenly, people in front of you cross the street to walk on the other side, then a little later they cross back over to the side they were just on. You might think to yourself, “What the heck are they doing?” You’ll see this all over town. Or you’ll be driving along the road and pass pedestrians and think, “That’s a weird place to be walking on the road.”
By now you must be wondering what they’re doing. After living here for a while, I too look for the shady side of town. Since December through April is hot here, people weave their way, seeking shade until they reach their destination.
Usually, there’s shade from trees or buildings. Around noon, when the sun is high in the sky, the shade is at a minimum. You might notice people walking very close to a building, wall, bushes, on sidewalks or roads. That’s because they’re walking in whatever minute amount of shade they can find.
It’s the charming little things like walking on the shady side of town that make me love Manuel Antonio and Quepos. I think you’ll enjoy the little things here too.
While you’re on vacation at the Discovery Beach House, we hope you discover new ways about life here that you’ll incorporate into your life when you get back home. Sometimes the small things we do make a big difference.
We have a lot to learn from doing things the “Tico” way. Living our lives with less stress, taking a moment to say hello to someone, making ourselves take a step back from the hectic pace of life now and then, and walking on the shady side of the street.
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