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Yes, Classic Rock everywhere.  As Brad and I walk down the main street of this beautiful beach town, music from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s is making its groovy way out to us from every restaurant and store.  Brad teases me that I’m in music paradise here.   I can’t argue.  Classic rock has always made up the majority of my music collection.  And with music from bands like Fleetwood Mac, Styx, Kansas, Aerosmith, Guns N Roses, Carlos Santana, and, of course, plenty of “Hotel California” from the Eagles (that seems to be the most favorite song here), I am in music paradise.  If the locals are trying to cater to the Gringo tourists here, then consider this Gringo thoroughly impressed.    

Speaking of music and classics, “I think I’m gonna like it here.”  That’s a line from a song in the classic movie Annie (the original).  This is an absolutely beautiful place to live, and we’ve already met so many genuinely friendly, nice, and helpful people.

 Also speaking of music, we were in a larger city called Liberia the other day when we heard Christmas music coming from a park we were walking past.  We went to investigate.  There was a large crowd of mostly school-aged kids playing instruments and dancing.  It was so fun – I’ve never seen anything quite like it.  Here’s a quick clip we captured on our camera: 

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So, just a couple more things I’ve learned here in Costa Rica:  1. Keep your arms and legs in at all times.  Now we are walking everywhere on the two-lane highways and roads with no shoulders, oncoming traffic, bicyclists, other pedestrians, etc and you can often feel the swish of cars and trucks flying by.  2. They really do cut the grass here.  Literally.  With machetes.  No joke.  Not long ago I learned that many people in the Southeast U.S. call mowing the lawn “cutting the grass.”  Even though most of them use machines now, I wonder if this is where the expression originated….?

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  • Leah Klein December 5, 2010, 6:53 am

    So I’m picturing you walking along with your arms tightly in, listening to your local music and maybe nodding your head to the beat! lol

    I loved that video. I’ll show Lexi and Tyler after school Monday (they’re both sound asleep now). Loving the posts – right up there with watching Amazing Race 🙂

    • Kelli December 5, 2010, 6:04 pm

      Hi Leah,

      You know me too well! Yes, I’m walking around Costa Rica looking like a total dork. Luckily with the limbs tucked in I look like I’m already wearing a straight jacket, so no one seems to feel the need to interfere. 🙂

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the posts, and I hope the kids love ’em, too!