Feb 27 2017

Con Mucho Gusto: The Tico Way

The kindness of Ticos never ceases to amaze me, but perhaps it should. They just keep proving to us over and over again how willing they are to help.

Paul and I were driving in Palmares the other day, looking for a furniture factory to check out their sofas, tables, and chairs for our new apartment. We found what we thought was the right neighborhood but couldn’t find the street or the factory.

We saw a truck full of workers pulled over on the side of the road and we asked if they could direct us. “No,” one of them said. “We’re from Puntarenas and don’t know the area, but can you wait a minute?” He called someone on his cell phone and asked for directions for us. Meanwhile, one of the other workers pulled up a map application on his cellphone to try to locate the business for us. Next thing we know, they jump in their truck and told us to follow them. They led us out of the neighborhood we were in, across the highway, and through some windy roads, stopping twice to ask directions from people on the street.

The whole time, sitting in our car, I was marveling to Paul, “I can’t believe they’re doing this for us.” Within a few minutes, we found ourselves in front of the furniture factory. They gave us a thumbs up, which we returned with applause as our thanks, and they continued on their way. Had we been able to give them a verbal thank you, I’m positive they would have replied with, “Con mucho gusto,” (with much pleasure), which is the Tico way.

This is not the first time this has happened to us. There are other instances when Ticos went out of their way, literally, to help us get to our destination. And truly, they do it “with much pleasure.” This is just one of the many reasons we love living in Costa Rica.

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