85401Re: Living in Costa Rica with "Americans"
- Jan 1 3:01 PM--- In CostaRicaLiving@yahoogroups.com, "fraluchi" <fraluchi@...>
>Two things that may be relevant, both previously posted...
> ... a wise traveller
> realises that a few happy moments with an American do not translate
> into a permanent commitment of any kind.
After "significant contacts" with locals here extending over 5
years, it became very obvious that Americans are "barely tolerated"
here. When we're spending money, there's smiles and handshakes.
However, don't make any assumptions. Friendships take a long time to
develop as stereotypes are painstakingly overcome. As an example
where this was validated by (yet another) Tica, see message 61389
for a story in which a Tica validates this, even at the cost of
great personal pain to herself.
Most Americans have no idea why this would be so. I ran into a
really obvious example at an internet cafe in Escazu, and posted the
story - if you're interested, see message 32764
School help, food, microloans
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