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Child-Like Learning

Written By: Gary on November 28, 2008 2 Comments

So I think part of what makes Costa Rica (and other places I’ve traveled to in the world) so interesting to me is the learning that’s going on. Just going into a restaurant is a new experience, almost like when your parents let you order your own food for the first time. And many other basic things becomes a learning experience.

In Costa Rica if you don’t ask for the check (la quintaff cuenta) they’ll never bring it to your table. In England, in a pub, you have to go up to the bar in order to get drinks or food and many places will let you sit until you figure it out. It’s part of the fun at least to me it is.

When I travel, I don’t just want the sights, I want the learning that goes with it. I’ll hit the local places off the beaten path specifically to figure things like that out. In Costa Rica, taking the bus (the bus another post to come) or getting a driver’s license is an experience that lets you figure out how things work in that country. I find all those parts particularly interesting and enjoyable…

UPDATE: Usually, I don’t update a post as much as I’m about to…
But I’m reading a Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson, a humourous book about traveling in Europe. And he said.

Bill Bryson Quote

And I just thought that kind of exactly fit what I was saying a few days ago.

I’m going to change the date on this so it floats up to the top, so if you saw it already, you’ll see it again for the new content…

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2 Responses to “Child-Like Learning”

  1. Wren says on: 30 December 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Hello! I found your blog while googling details on how to get a license here in CR. This post is over a year old, so I’m sure you’ve figured it out by now, but “quinta” means “fifth” not “check.” “Check” is “cuenta.”

  2. Gary from http://GarySaid.com/ says on: 31 December 2009 at 1:01 pm

    @Wren: I fixed the post but that was more of a spelling error. It was one of the first things I learned there 10 years ago and never bothered to get the spelling. Oops!

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