Monday, July 18, 2011

An evening out!

Last Friday, I got to go experience some live music here in Costa Rica! A group from the school went to the Jazz Cafe to see Malpaís; they are a Costa Rican band that is very well known here. Their style is kind of jazz/folk/with a bit of rock thrown in. I have one of their CD's, so I was super-pumped to go! We headed over around 830 after a small crisis; the girl who organized the evening got locked IN her house. It's easier than you might think with all the gates and locks on the houses here!!! The band didn't didn't start playing until 10pm, so we had an hour to visit, order snacks and enjoy the evening out. Malpaís didn't disappoint and I would go to see them again in a heartbeat. It was great to see them in an intimate setting, and I loved how everyone in the room (except all the gringos) sang along to all the songs. I'm including a video of one of their songs....it's hard to find a good live video recording of them....most are shaky with terrible sound...so I chose a non-shaky option. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The countdown begins!

I just realized today that as of yesterday, I have one month left in Costa Rica....which, of course gives me barely any time to do all of the things I still want to do here. So I'm going to settle for one more trip to the beach, a couple more trips downtown and to the market, and a few more fruit smoothies at the restaurant down the road. What a great year this has been and what a great way to transition into the Latin American culture. These next few weeks I'm really going to try to be more diligent with the blogging so that as I get more details, you can share in the excitement of this move to Venezuela. Right now I'm trusting in God's daily strength to make it through the last few weeks of school, as well as packing, staying healthy, saying goodbye to friends (again)...etc. But something happened today that was such an encouragement to me. Chelsea and I decided to go to Walmart (yes, Walmart...I really should write about Walmart in another blog post...), but as we were getting ready to head out it started pouring. So I tried calling for a cab to come pick us up at the house but nobody would answer. We tried for about 10 minutes, redialing and redialing. Sonia, my host mom informed me that when it starts raining and everyone wants a cab, the dispatcher will just stop answering the phone because they won't be able to keep up with the demand! So I grudgingly went and got my umbrella and started complaining about having to walk down the street in the pouring rain to hail a taxi. And I was sure that we would have to wait on the street forever since they would probably all be full. Chelsea can attest to the fact that I was complaining to the point of being annoying (sorry about that)! I unlocked the gates and the moment I stepped out onto the sidewalk, a taxi drove by the house and motioned to me that he was free to take us. Seriously. If I had walked out 5 seconds later, I would have missed him. And during the drive to Walmart, it hit me that if He cares enough to send me a taxi, I can trust Him to take care of all the other things that are weighing on me right now, as well as for the unknown future. He anticipates and puts the wheels in motion (pun intended!!!) to answer our prayers even before we ask!