Tico Time

Trip Start Jan 17, 2007
Trip End Feb 23, 2009

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Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Tico time:

Things in Costa Rica do not have a timetable. The buses are always late, the stores close early and then are open until whenever they feel like closing, and you never have a meeting or a date at the time originally negoiated. For example, I requested my class schedule two weeks ago and I was told that they had it already printed out for all the teachers, I received mine today. I thought that I got stood up the other day, no the person was just three hours late and it was no big deal. School starts on Monday and I do not have the calendar of the year, the names of my students, how many students I will have, nor do I know exactly where I will be teaching. Everytime I ask anyone anything they simply reply, "ahora." Now or "ahorita" right now. But these are lies. Sometimes one will reply maņana which is entirely realistic. Tico time means, later, tomorrow, next week, next year and usually never!!!!

I am getting used to Tico time. Cada maņana it is that less frustrating and a little piece of my compulsive overactive gung-ho (sp) ways gets chipped away.
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