What feels like a couple weeks ago,
was actually a couple months ago.
the English company I work for in San Jose took part in a local “job fair.”
We sponsored the online English tests for individuals to test their English skills
and receive a score that is recognized all around the world.
Since this occurrence
came about shortly after arriving,
I signed up for all possible shifts,
Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
the curiosity of my involvement stemmed from wanting to see community events and job fairs here in Costa Rica.
As in the Sates,
I took part in so many over the years with PBS.
As many things in life,
along with all the experiences and discoveries
that come along with living abroad,
was more than just working the booth at a local job fair.
That weekend enabled me to explore that which makes up my immediate surroundings
and truly get to understand a part of this community previously unknown to this soul.
rising as the sun rose.
I put on my running gar and went for a morning run around one of my favorite parks, La Sabana.
When satisfied with my morning gust of fresh air,
I returned home to prepare for my adventures to the fair.
This adventure could have easily been a 15 minute bus ride from the main street by my home.
I wanted to walk.
The sun was so divine at this time in the morning
and there was so much these eyes had yet to discover.
I left an hour before my shift started
and slowly made my way toward my destination.
Along the way,
I was surrounded by that of people doing their normal morning duties.
Auctioning lottery tickets on the streets,
screaming about the days specials on fruits and vegetables
but not actually so special as those are the prices everyday.
Cats waking up on the front step on what may or may not be their home
as in Costa Rica you can never tell if an animal has owners
or just roams the streets as a constant explorer.
I would stop,
and just stare
not acting upon the equipment around my neck.
I was walking into my destination to start my days work.
Eating trail mix,
you know that kind you get from Costco in the States?
Yea, the good stuff!
We got bags of that everyday.
I talked to most in English,
some in my broken Spanish
And encouraged all I could to truly shine their English skills.
The moments in-between were spent talking with new colleagues,
eating and walking around
exploring the companies making up the job markets in Costa Rica.
the companies within this country truly invest in their people.
They spend money developing their English skills
simply to advance their careers.
Although, I don’t know how I feel about high school students being encouraged to work as a professional
versus encouraged to continue their education through college.
What I can say is
that it’s great to see that opportunities do exist
and investment in the people is a priority.
With the communities and society as a whole benefiting from their investments.
the time would come to adventure back to the place that I call my home.
As done on my way to the fair,
I took my time.
This time walking towards the setting sun.
Creating just a beautiful glow,
to the city.
Making its beauty shine even brighter.
got my weekend treat of a fancy vanilla latté
and continued on.
Living in such a busy,
energy filled city
most definitely takes a toll on my sensitive being.
But its moments such as these where I can truly embrace,
And appreciate all this city does have to offer.
The possibilities are endless.
The people are in abundance.
And at the end of the day,
I go to sleep sending my daily gratitude to my love in South Africa
reflecting on the moments that make up my daily realities.
Thanks for sharing my journey with me.
These photos are some of my immediate surroundings here in San Jose, Costa Rica that are just a hop, skip, jump and quick bus ride away.