Monthly Archive: December 2012

Dec 27

Hangovers in Paradise

My personal beach on Isla Colon

Power Hour “So, wait, are you saying that…”  I stopped mid-sentence at hearing Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams cut mid-chord and change to The Proclaimers’ I would walk 500 miles.  Pulling away from yelling into Erin’s ear I grabbed my plastic shot glass full of beer and “clinked” with my Finnish friend Heikki before …

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Dec 14

Don’t hate on Costa Rica

A man sells fruit on the road in Costa Rica in front of one of the country's 50 McDonald's restaurants.

“Everything in Costa Rica cuesta rica.”   That was Monika’s spanglish catch phrase describing her and Martine’s experience riding through the country.  I had met the two Swiss girls in Baja California, they were cycling north on their way to Canada having already ridden all the way from Argentina, and their negative review of Costa …

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Dec 09

Fluency: Redefined – Bicycle Spanish – Part 3

"Live Más"  Taco Bell uses Spanglish for it's marketing in Costa Rica.

In Part 3 of Bicycle Spanish Zack looks at his command of the language after 11 months of cycling in Latin America.  With only 2-3 months left before leaving the land of Spanish speakers he asks himself “Am I fluent?” The Ticos love me. My stomach spotted the man before my eyes did as I …

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