Guest Blog: Costa Rica Adventures
Innovation Academy is truly a global school. Senora Schmalz, one of our extraordinary Spanish teachers, is currently in Costa Rica with her family. Check out this extra special guest post from the other side of the world.
Hola de Costa Rica! The kids and I have been here for a week and a half. What a beautiful country! We spent the first few days adjusting to our new surroundings. For the kids, the biggest adjustment was the language. For me it was the driving out here, which is very interesting. No street names anywhere, no addresses, very few lines on the road, no real clear driving rules, and very impatient drivers. We’ve laughed a lot every time our GPS says “turn right on road,” which it does often. Which road- this one? That one?
Our first trip to the market was interesting. We were hoping to stop at the Mega Super and do some quick one stop shopping- no luck. Here in Costa Rica, the grocery store sells some basics but if you want things like bread, meat, fish, fruit, cheese and even shampoo, you need to go to different individual stores for that. We’re so used to our “quick shopping.” We were a little put out at first- mainly because we were hungry and wanted to get back to our place so we could cook dinner. We had cereal that night and returned the next day to buy the other stuff. We had so much fun shopping and getting more personal with the shop keepers. Lots of great opportunities to practice our Spanish!
I just read Ms. Krakauer’s entry about games and we also had a great game experience. One day at the pool, the kids were playing in the water surrounded by Spanish speaking kids. Everyone was curious about each other and wanted to talk but there was a language barrier. I asked one of the Costa Rican kids if they knew how to play Marco Polo and guess what? They did! The language barrier quickly disappeared as all the kids played Marco Polo for an hour, taking turns counting in both languages. They all had so much fun together that the next day, they invited my kids over for a family birthday party. Thank you Marco Polo!
The Schmalz family would love to hear your comments and questions. Let them know if you liked their post, and if you want to hear more! I’ll try to get some other friends from Innovation to write guest posts too.