Laugther is the best Medicine


by Beth Sylver 

When moving to a new area, there will always be unforeseen challenges. When moving to another country, those challenges can be overwhelming (and funny).

I remember one of my first was experiences with an ATM here. The ATMs are, naturally, in Spanish, and this made doing something simple like withdrawing money complicated. One day I entered the booth to use the ATM to take out 160,000 colones. My first problem was, and sometimes still is, was entering all those zeros! I couldn't get my head around the conversion from dollars to colones. It took me forever to complete the transaction.

When I finally had the money in my hand, I hurried to exit the booth, and the door wouldn't open. I was sure there was a button or something to release it, but I couldn't find it. It was hot in there and getting hotter. A woman came to use the ATM, and she couldn't open the door from the outside, either. I remained calm, but the woman began to panic. She decided to go to the bank for assistance. Several minutes went by, and I continued to try everything I could think of to open the door. Then, I looked up on the wall. Way up high, there appeared to be a button. I reached up on my tiptoes and pushed it. Much to my surprise, I heard a "click" and the lock on the door released.

Beth Sylver in Costa Ballena

Beth Sylver

The woman returned with a guard from the bank as I stepped out of the booth, laughing loudly at myself. I noticed that a local man had been sitting across the street, watching the whole scenario unfold. I smiled and nodded at him, thinking to myself how many times he had seen someone locked in the ATM. I was glad to have been able to provide him with some morning entertainment! Returning to my car, I was reminded of how much I had to learn about living in Costa Rica. And how no matter how many challenges I would face, it was best to meet them with a sense of humor!



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The Chirripo Valley

Taking a walk through this place not only recharges you with good energy and happiness, but it is also a gift for the soul to appreciate such beautiful views. The diversity in attractions is fascinating. You can enjoy from the newly opened Butterfly Kingdom, fresh trout, hot springs, Swiss cheeses, chocolate factory, to delicious artisan bread. Restaurants offer unique cuisine, hotels, trails and birdwatching.

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