Costa Rica Travels Part Five: Random Facts
March 24, 2011
I don’t know how much longer I can blather on about Costa Rica, so here are some random facts:
- Driving a car with an automatic transmission is considered a female thing in Costa Rica. Real men drive sticks.
- The national condiment, found on almost every table, is Lizano sauce. It is green and tastes kind of like Worcestershire sauce.
- The ketchup, on the other hand, is way too sweet and also runny.
- The national dish is gallo pinto (spotted rooster) which involves no chicken, but is rice and beans all cooked together. You can eat gallo pinto at any meal, and usually do
- The new national futbol stadium opened today. It was built at no cost to Costa Rica by the Chinese. Though some Costa Ricans have been known to say “There is no such thing as free.”
- Many Costa Ricans drink their coffee weak and watery. Apparently the good beans are sold for export. Boo. So sad to be surrounded by beautiful coffee plants and get a cup of…brown water.
- The national saying is “Pura Vida” (pure life). It can be used to express almost anything, though it is generally positive.
- Pedestrians do NOT have the right of way. You could test this, but it probably wouldn’t be good for your health.
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