Our only neighbours when we moved to Costa Rica were Ticos (that is what the Costa Ricans call themselves) and one of them by the very Spanish name of Wilson came calling with a house warming gift of some flowering plants. It was very comical to see him standing at our driveway waiting to be invited in onto the property so that he could give us this gift. He was too polite to come to our door without an invitation.

We were not sure what he wanted and after a andquot;conversationandquot; with him speaking Spanish and us speaking mostly English, I realized that he wanted to give us the flowering plants. I guess it was a sort of a house-warming gift from andquot;the neighbours.andquot; You need to appreciate that the fellow did not own a car. He lived at least a hour away up the mountain and had carried the plants the whole way.

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