Too Many “Gringos” View Costa Rica Through Distorted North American Eyes

Christopher Howard’s Live in Costa Rica – It is very easy to look at the negatives in Costa Rica when one is comparing the country with the United States or Canada. They are too completely different countries and, above all, cultures.
Downtown San Jose from photo archives
It is really easy to distort the facts when one does not understand a country. This is especially true if you do not speak the language. Speaking Spanish well will make one’s life easier.
You will always be a “stranger in a strange land” if you don’t speak the language. Also, you will have the chance to really understand the Costa Rican people and make some great life-time friends if you no the lingo.
It is impossible to compare Costa Rica with

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