Rainy Season

The rainy season has started in Costa Rica.  Normally the rainy season starts sometime in April and then persists all the way through November.  This year we had a late start, and the rains have just started coming regularly in the last 1-2 weeks.  Screen Shot 2013-05-23 at 4.11.58 PMThe rains change life both for the good and for the bad.  Of course the earth needs the rain, and I am looking forward to everything becoming green again.  I am glad that the temperature is cooling.  It is never very hot in San Jose, but during the dry season, sometimes the afternoons are just warm enough to be uncomfortable, especially inside the house.  The bad part of the rainy season is that we are now stuck more indoors.  The rains usually start between 12:30 and 2:30, and then they last until dark.  So an after school trip to the park is no longer a reliable option.  We have to figure out how to keep the kids entertained inside the house without resorting continually to electronics.  Because I am doing my FARO class where I have to walk through the neighborhood and talk to people, I am usually a little bit wet by the end of the afternoon.  My head stays dry under the umbrella, but the bottom 5 inches of my pants are usually soaked.  Today I was soaked from the waist down.  So things are changing, and probably a couple months of the rainy season and being stuck in the house will make us more prepared to leave the relative coolness of San Jose to return to the head and humidity of Dallas during August. . . . I am kidding myself . . . there is no way to be prepared for Dallas in August.

The final push! Will’s final trimester.

This week begins our final trimester of language school.  Many things in our schedule will be changing during these last four months.  I (Will) have come a great way in my ability to speak and understand Spanish.  However, my fluency is not as good as it needs to be before I start practicing medicine.  By fluency I am meaning to describe the ease by which words get from my brain to my mouth.  I have a sufficient vocabulary (not great at all), but the words get stuck somewhere between my cerebral cortex and my tongue as I develop an expressive aphasia caused by my realizations as I speak of missed conjugations, skipped pronouns, forgotten rules of subjunctive, and all the exceptions revolving around those rules.  My other problem is I cannot understand people very well.  In English we speak in words, but in Spanish they tend to speak in syllables.  However I still think in words, and when a native Spanish speaker combines two words into one I am left puzzled regarding what has just been said.  Often if I can get one word of the sentence, I can figure out the rest, but not always. . .  So I need to get out and practice speaking and listening. Continue reading