Food and Transportation in Liberia, Costa Rica

Food and Transportation in Liberia, Costa Rica

Living out of my home country has taught me so much about myself. I have missed a lot of things since I left the U.S. – things I thought I wouldn’t miss. For example, I miss driving a car and how easy it makes it to get around from place to place. I haven’t driven a car in almost a year now, and I hope when I go home it is not any different for me. Most people here in Liberia, Costa Rica do have cars, so I have tried to find friends with cars. It makes going to the beaches so much better, especially if you are going surfing!

Food and Transportation in Liberia, Costa Rica

Using the public bus station here has been a tricky thing for me. I had never used public transportation like this until I came to Costa Rica. Now, I use the bus for everywhere I go: the beach, San Jose, even all the way down to Santa Teresa to surf. Luckily, Liberia is a transportation hub, so there are frequent buses going in all directions, and I have started to understand more how this system works. Even if the bus doesn’t go to where you are headed, there is always another that will. Finding the route can be tricky, but it’s part of the adventure. Traveling by bus has helped my Spanish improve so much. Speaking with bus drivers, ticket counters, venders, and other passengers is excellent practice. I love just chilling on the bus, listening to music, and seeing this beautiful country.

Food and Transportation in Liberia, Costa Rica

Food in Central America is very different than what I am used to back home. I think it is tastier here…and better for you. I have made an effort to eat healthier, and it is easy to do because the food is fresh and easily accessible. I can simply go down the street to the farmer’s market, buy the fruit I want to eat that day, and done, that is my breakfast. Costa Ricans eat a lot of rice and beans as well, and I eat “gallo pinto,” a mix of rice, beans, and vegetables, on Sunday mornings when a lady comes to cook and clean. She makes the best I have had since I have been down here. I always like to add really spicy salsa to it, because I am use to spicy foods from being in Texas.

This blog was written by Spencer, an English teacher and Spanish student at Instituto Estelar Bilingüe in Liberia, Costa Rica.