Saturday, September 15, 2012

How do you say "Band-Aid" in Spanish?

Ojochal Vacation Day 3  April 7, 2012

Our first night sleeping in Ojochal found us waking up occasionally to the sounds of the abundant wildlife. We had fallen asleep to the sounds of insects and frogs calling back and forth to each other, then woke up to birds and howler monkeys. Ahhh, doesn't get much better, if you ask me! Below is a video of the early morning sounds. It was taken from the balcony off our bedroom. This video is meant to be heard, not really seen (you can play it while you continue reading this post!); however, if you watch it, you'll slowly see it get brighter as the sun comes up to start a new day.  Be sure to turn your volume up!

The sun comes up early in Costa Rica, so Gary and I found ourselves waking up about 5 am. The view from our bedroom was awesome--there's nothing like sitting up in bed and seeing the vibrant green rain forest and sparkling blue ocean in front of you!

The kids stayed asleep much later than we did, but slowly they started filtering downstairs. I finally went to wake Abby up around 8:30, but she fell back asleep. At 9, her sisters went upstairs and ran into her room and screamed which woke her right up! We all had a good laugh at that--except for maybe Abby.

Breakfast was a huge pineapple we had picked up from a roadside stand, cereal, toast, and Costa Rican coffee. The pineapple was to die for. We kept commenting on how juicy and sweet it was as we gobbled up more.

We had planned today as a "down day" to recuperate from the travel yesterday. We decided to head out to the nearby town of Uvita (about a 15 minute drive) to look around the farmers' market and hit the "big" grocery store. As we were getting ready to go, Chloe decided she wanted to put a flower in her hair, so she and Ahna went looking around the yard for something pretty.
Gary walking up the driveway. You can see how steep things are!

 Now, Chloe is known as the family klutz. If someone is going to get hurt, it will be her. And sure enough, the next thing we know, Chloe is face down in the dirt. Because the house is built on a hill, the yard has 3 levels, and Chloe had not descended one of the hills correctly (after her fall, she noticed the stairs a few feet away). Now the skin on her hands, knees, and upper chest were shredded, and she was bleeding pretty good.

So, while she was in the kitchen trying to clean the dirt out of her wounds, I was running around the house looking for band-aids for her. The best thing I could find were some cotton pads which we taped on with scotch tape. Needless to say, she looked a little scary, and we promised we'd find her some band-aids before she went out in public.

As we headed out to Uvita, we stopped at the local grocery store, and I looked in there for some band-aids--but how do you say "band-aid" in Spanish? I figured since "band-aid" is a trademark name, they would know what I was looking for, but no. So in bits of Spanish, English, and sign language I tried to explain, but "no comprende." Then I see a box of generic band-aids sitting behind the counter. I point and say the color of the box in Spanish, and she understands. Then she asks me how many I want. Hmm, I want the whole box, but the box is open, so now I'm a bit confused. Then I realize they sell them by the "each", not box. So I somehow end up with 5. I think cinco was the first number I could think of; however, I did learn that the Spanish word for band-aid is tirita.

So, off to Uvita we head. We were a little underwhelmed with the farmers' market. It had more "ex-pat" jewelry makers than Tico farmers selling produce, but the lack of sellers could have been due to it being Holy Week, which Costa Ricans take very seriously. We did find some yummy fruits and veggies to take home with us, though.

Checking out the Selection
 From the farmers' market we headed over to the grocery store to get some food for the week. I also wanted to get more band-aids as Chloe's wounds were in need of new ones, plus some wound cleansing spray, as it looked like there was still dirt imbedded in some of her cuts. This time I knew to ask for "tiritas", but figuring out how to say "wound cleanser" was the new obstacle. For some reason, band-aids and medicines, even aspirin, are kept behind a counter, so you need to talk with someone to get them. So, with a mix of Spanish, English, and sign language, I was able to get some anti-bacterial spray. Plus they sold me a whole box of band-aids this time!

The store rivaled a decent grocery store here in the States, and the prices went along with that. If you want to eat like an American in Costa Rica, it can be expensive! But if you don't mind eating like a Tico (Costa Rican), the cost is usually not too bad. While in the store, we ran into one of our (future) neighbors and his wife. Originally from Canada, they had recently completed their move to CR. Their house is about 1/2 mile or so from ours. They were planning a large gathering of people for Easter over at their house, so they invited us all to come. We gladly said yes!

After the store, we decided to eat lunch at one of the local restaurants, which are called "sodas". The food was really good and centered around rice and beans with a choice of meat or seafood.

One of our lunch plates
Once finished, we decided to head back to the store for the cold things we needed. The girls and I had been standing outside for a few minutes while Gary picked up the last couple of items, when our waiter came running around the corner to find us. Seems Chloe had left her anti-bac spray on the table. I was so impressed that this young man ran to find us and return it to us! But that seems to be the norm in Costa Rica--everyone is so super nice.

Once back at the house, the kids went in the pool to cool off while Gary and I went up to our property to check it out. It had been a year since we had seen it last! Some water management work had been done, and the weeds newly cleared. It looked really good, and it felt really good to be standing on it once again.

Me standing on one of the corners of our property
For dinner we headed to one of the more elegant restaurants in town--Citrus. We had never been, but had heard so much about it. The rain started as we were leaving the house, and it was coming down pretty good. The rain brought out the frogs--HUGE frogs just siting in the middle of the road! We didn't even notice them at first until we saw some jump to get out of the way of the car. Because the road is dirt, they just looked like rocks in the road. They were quite fun to watch, and I hope we did not run over any.

Citrus is a beautiful restaurant, and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We opted for the full experience and had appetizers, tropical drinks, dinner, and dessert. The bill for the 5-star meal--including tip? About $130. We thought that was pretty awesome!

Our Table at Citrus

Inside View of Citrus
My Main Dish--Sea bass, fresh steamed veggies, and rice
After dinner, it was back to the house for pool time, then off to bed.



  1. First were the water apples now let me help you with this one. Band aid is called sometimes a "tirita" but most of the times is also called a "curita". Hope Chloe recovered really fast from that accident, ouch.

    1. And, thank you again! Chloe did recover, but it took a while. She is definitely our "klutzy" kid, and despite all of her Costa Rica mishaps, she still loves it there.