Playa Grande/A Costa Rican Birthday Party
Trip Start Feb 07, 2012
19Trip End Apr 24, 2012
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It's amazing how quickly one becomes just part of the extended family here in beautiful Playa Grande. At a hotel of just 8 rooms, we are greeted every day by name, not only by the staff, but ALL the guests at the hotel. when you sit down, you are spoken to with a warmth and sense of familiarity that is so sincere, I already know it will be hard to leave.
Herman shared with us his special "cerbara" which was a wonderful homemade salsa concoction of carrots, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, garlic, and vinegar
Another staff member, Helena, came back today with her family to enjoy the pool with us. Sawyer sat with her youngest son, Antonio, and played games on his iPad with him. On this occassion, I embraced the seemless bridge the techno world allowed the language barrier to melt away into.
We were invited to a birthday party today for a "local" 4 year old girl, I use quotes as she was the daugther of a neighboring hotel owner who is originally from the States. As I already mentioned, there is this amazing undercurrent of true hospitality and general happiness. As we entered the back courtyard, I smiled to see more Costa Ricans than Gringos, both grown-ups and children. Floaties, noodles, and blowup innere.tubes literally filled the pool of happy, screaming children. With no more than a "Mom, can I go in the pool?" Hunter jumped into the pool, through the hole of an innertube. Five minutes more, he had befriended a couple of Costa Rican boys who shared his spirit of impishness...apparently that knows no boundaries. :) They were soon showing off their acrobatic water entry talents, having water balloon fights, and laughing. Sawyer gravitated toward the younger children at the party, helping little ones fill their water balloons, and offering his pinata bounty to the little ones who met that endeavor with no success.
Paul spent a long time chatting with a super cool guy, Joel, in the film industry. He is here with Will Smith working as his "dialect" coach.