As I got to the register I saw the owner of the voice.....not just a gringo, but most definitely a turista. He was wearing a cut off tee shirt, Gilligan's Island hat, shorts(not culturally appropriate for men in Costa Rica) and just oozed tourist. I quickly saw that he had been given two 500 colone coins as change, but he wanted a 1000 colone bill. He pulled out a 1000 colone bill from his pocket and kept demanding she take the 500 colone coins back and give him a 1000 colone bill. She kept saying, "No tengo, No tengo."
Finally he looked at me and said, "Geez, what is she saying, 'no tengo no tengo'?"
I said, "dude, she's saying she doesn't have it."
He said, "Oh." Then he grabbed his purchases and stomped out without so much as a "Muchas Gracias."
The lady behind the counter looked at me and shook her head, "No tengo."
I shook my head and said, "No tengo."
We both smiled and I couldn't help but feeling some kind of a victory.
I might only have two weeks under my belt, I might still be a gringo and I'll probably always be a gringo, but at least on that day to the woman behind the counter, I wasn't that dreaded Gringo Turista! :)
I promise a big picture post is coming. Our internet speed discourages picture posts but I will get it done!
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