Happiest Place on Earth and You Are Staying ......
Trip Start Nov 13, 2010
91Trip End Jul 20, 2011
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I have to say, I saw that happiest factor everywhere we went, and if Costa Rica is the happiest country, we landed in the happiest family in the happiest nation. What luck!
Louise met German (pronounced Herman) nearly 25 years ago when he came to Canada on a cultural exchange through Crossroads International. Louise was the local coordinator and German, having finished his Master’s Degree in Special Education, arrived to learn how Canadian agencies work. He had a job placement lined up and two host families to live with and all was good until he got off the plane and it was discovered that he could not speak any English. They all made it work. Since that time Louise has been to Costa Rica to visit a few times and everybody keeps in touch via email.
German and Rosa, also a professor in Special Education, have three boys – Daniel, 24, Diego, 22 and David, 17. What nice kids and what a nice family to get to live with. I have been so lucky to have been able to live with Clem’s family last year in France to experience an insider’s view of French village life, and now see Costa Rica from a true Tico viewpoint.
German and Rosa picked us up at the bus station in San Jose and made it clear from the start that their home was our home and as it turned out for the next nine days, we found out that their hospitality knew no limits. There were people coming and going, all day, every day: relatives from the US, friends of friends, friends of the kids, families, individuals, groups – some slept there, some ate there, some just passed through. It all worked like a well-oiled machine because both Rosa and German have two of the biggest hearts of any people I have met. Rosa speaks some English, German far less, the boys all speak perfect English and Louise and I told them that we were staying there until we could speak fluent Spanish. They actually believed us and without hesitation said – as long as it takes – stay.
Diego’s Godparents have a beach house in another state and offered it up for a week. We piled in the car and headed to Punta Leona; A beach resort which was lovely. Again, here, some were coming one day and going the next, girlfriends and cousins and relatives and anybody who stopped by was welcomed and embraced. We had a lot of fun and I only hope that when I am no longer homeless and have a home, (wherever and whenever that will be) that I will be able to reciprocate to all or some of this family and others big and small kindnesses they showed me.
Have a look at the pictures and see the joy and love in this special family.