We went to Gringo Bingo today, it was a fund raiser for the local Conversation Cafe. This is a generous group of English speakers that meet in the local municipal building, every Saturday afternoon, to sit down with ticos wanting to learn English, or improve their skills. Refreshments are provided, which is why they held the fundraiser. We had a ball, it was well organized and entertaining!
Just about every gringo I’ve met, gratefully gives back, in their own way, to the people of our adopted home. From installing libraries in public schools, chatting it up at the conversation cafe, coaching soccer, or doing all they can to lend a hand.
My friend visiting the states, is anxious to come “home.” We forget the level of stress we have left behind. We may indulge in the delicious foods we’ve missed, shop for the unattainable at Ikea and Target, but at the end of the day, we are reminded why we have chosen a different life for ourselves. We know what is important and understand how fortunate we are to have this opportunity.