As we learn more Spanish and can converse more we feel more comfortable venturing out on our own. It has been fun to go on family outings to Turrialba to take the kids to the park, out to ice cream, or to just walk around town. Next week we have a week off and we hope to do some day or possibly overnight trips to see the surrounding sights.
A couple weeks ago I got to go into Turrialba with three other gringo friends. Boy did we turn heads. It is very unusual to see women, especially gringo women, without a male escort. It isn't looked down upon, it is just very unusual. We all had a great time getting to know the town better. It was my first time to do all the driving and thanks to God we didn't get lost once!
After those experiences, I felt comfortable driving into town with our instructor, Sonia, who doesn't speak English. I needed to find a school uniform for Laura and she offered to show me around to the best shops to get what I needed.
We had such a great time! We went out to eat at a local restaurant that serves delicious dishes typical of Costa Rica. We had great conversations and at times I forgot we were speaking in Spanish. We searched all over town for Laura's school shoes (which Tim and I had to take back after we discovered that the store had given me two right shoes). I was amazed that Sonia thought nothing of giving her time to help me shop, even in the pouring rain with only one small umbrella between us!