LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
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I think Dale is heading to Costa Rica. My son is in medical school there. I know Central America relatively well having spent time in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. I've been by land from Canada to the Panama Canal, Nicaragua and Costa Rica are the countries I know best. Costa Rican laws there are much friendlier to retirees than Brazil. Costa Rica wants retirees to live in their country.
I'm "living in the sticks" here in Gramado. I lived in a tiny mountain town in California about two hours from Los Angeles. However, within 30 minutes I could be in a large city (San Bernardino), and within an hour I could find just about anything in Ontario-Rancho Cucamonga that was available in Los Angeles. Here in the Serra Gaúcha they think you're a lover of the fine arts if you have a painted turtle. I have a TESOL certificate, but nobody seems interested in hiring me. Well, that's not completely true. In December I met a fellow that wants to open a franchise here, and he seems interested in me. I've met English language teachers here who would starve to death in a restaurant in the USA, but at least they are locals with local ties, and they have jobs. I belong to a state association of English language teachers. I attended one of their seminars (three days), and I wasn't impressed. University professors were making some serious mistakes in English and had no interest in learning from people in the classroom who spoke English much better than they.
Nope, Dale is going to pull up stakes. You won't have me to kick around anymore. With the Brazilian real rising against the US dollar, I lose money with each month I remain here. In a few months, I'll be just a memory.
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