Have you noticed that Ticos have flaws, just like we all do? But let me show you that they have different flaws than you and I have.
Sometimes these flaws are funny. And sometimes they’re quite the opposite. And that’s when you need to keep your cool!
Costa Ricans, we call them Ticos, have a much different mindset than people from first world countries. I don’t mean that negatively, quite the contrary. After having lived in this beautiful country myself for 35 years, I can only agree with many things they do and the way they take decisions.
Costa Rica is one of the few countries in Latin American that hasn’t gone through a serious civil war. Costa Rica’s civil war lasted only 44 days and I’m under the impression they agreed on their differences in some cantina on the Cerro de la Muerte.
When you live in Costa Rica, it will take you a while to get used to the way things are done by some Ticos. Some of these flaws still amaze me when I’m confronted with it, most I don’t.
This mindset has, I’m sure, a lot to do with the fact that they have not gone through long civil wars, having to live with food shortages and having to try to survive through a lot of suffering. Thankfully Costa Rica doesn’t have an army either, so many Ticos suffer (or probably not) from a lack of discipline.
Many of the daily decisions taken by Ticos will either be by shortcut or the easy way. If the decision is the wrong one, one day it will be corrected. And if not corrected, we’ll just live with it.
I found a few photos in my computer file cabinet (when I catch a good one, I save it) and I’d like to share them with you, so you will understand better what I mean by taking short cuts and correcting tomorrow. I hope you’ll enjoy them.
The train started running again, now what?
The car wouldn’t fit and who uses the sidewalk anyway?
We’ll see what we can do when the tree grows, no worries this week!
How do you mean, let’s wait till they fill the potholes first? We’re here now!
Do you remember what is left and what is right? Was it left or right?
You’re sure those are snacks? In my country, we call ’em condoms. Click on photo to see a larger pic.
Now you all know what you can expect to find now and then, here and there. Please don’t try to correct this flaw in the Ticos, it’s a beautiful flaw. They’re nice and easy going people and they make living in Costa Rica a treat. Please help to keep it this way.
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