Sunday, September 5, 2010


There are two cultural taboos I was informed of before arriving at my homestay in Costa Rica: Never go about the house barefoot and be clean-shower every day. I was informed that body odors were upsetting.  After hacer ejercicios on my first day at Sonia and Julia's home, I was pleased to remember that I must shower. Emerging from the shower dressed and clean, (I had even used my rock salt deodorant) I approached 87-year old Julia sitting in her rocking chair. "Descalzo!" She exclaimed. In my haste at having showered, I thought she said, "Te has duchado!" and I announced YES, in fact I had showered only to realize to my embarrassment that she was announcing that I was barefoot.

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