I’ve been living in the US (Florida and Atlanta) for a total of 6.5 years, and during that time I’ve encountered interesting assumptions, questions, reactions, and comments about my country and culture. Here is a compiled list.
You know you are a Costa Rican living in the US when…
- You blow people’s minds when you say you don’t like Mexican food.
- You are filling out a form and you can’t find the “Second Last Name” field.
- You have to explain why you have 4 names (First, Middle, Dad’s Last, Mom’s Last).
- You surprise your friends by saying that your “prom” is a graduation party with family and friends and without “prom date” stress.
- You bring up the maid you have back home and people assume you are rich.
- You mention your maid sleeps in your house during the week (even though she is married and has kids) and you just can’t seem to explain why this is normal.
- You become aware of how much you say “eeeeeeeeeh” or “mae” but it is still uncontrollable.
- Your suitcase weights double every time you come back from Costa Rica (coffee, salsa lizano, bizcochos, platanitos, and maybe some Cacique.)
- You try to explain Fanta Kolita’s flavor…it’s not the same as Fanta Cherry or Strawberry!
- You give up on helping others pronounce your name (or last name).
- You surprise first-time parents when you tell them your parents shaved your head and pierced your ears before you were 4 months old.
- You do not want to buy a red car because it reminds you of Costa Rican taxi cabs.
- You get annoyed when people think Costa Rica is an island or a U.S. territory like Puerto Rico.
- You have to explain that Costa Rica is located in Central America, and that Central America exists.
Can you think of any others? Add them as a comment!