As we talked about, every 90 days I have to leave Nicaragua to renew my visa. Because of my location, it's easier to just jump the border to Costa Rica for a bit. Usually, I come and go in a day and just hang around the border offices, but this last time (mainly because of the troubles I had during my last visa renewal; see here for a recap) I decided to spend some time in CR.
There was a couple, Ron and Chris Carr, who actually met me through this blog, that I stayed with in Grecia. They came up to Granada during March (I think) for THEIR visa renewal and gave a me big favor by hosting ME while I was in CR. The best part is that I was able to be there during the English Special Day Assembly in San Jose, and it was amazing. They had a speaker named Bro.Curry from Panama Branch be the guest speaker, and he was probably one of the best speakers I've ever heard. There was this talk he gave about the difference between law and principle and what they have to do with the conscience---wow!
The day after, Chris arranged for me to meet some other single need greater sisters around my age and we lived it up in Alajuela. I was finally able to get decent meeting/service clothes and most of all SHOES!!! It's so hard to find tasteful dress shoes here. It's all just sandals or like prom shoes, so I was able to get three pairs in CR.
Overall I have to say I'm happy I didn't spend time in CR until now because, honestly, I may have never left. It is DEFINITELY NOT a developing nation as is Nicaragua. It is 1st world all the way, and was an excellent break from "roughing it" here. Here are the highlights:
- using a comforter at night (brrrr it was probably 10 degrees cooler than Granada overall)
- eating strawberries and Cadbury chocolate (found everywhere!)
- being in a house with a front yard
- drinking out of the tap (no parasites there)
- constant water and electricity daily; they only have outages when a pipe bursts or during a storm
- eating Tex-Mex
- meeting new friends :)
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