Childhood small-town USA friends who married people from the same small town in Costa Rica? Yep, that’s Christa and Ryan, here to tell outsiders looking in what it’s like to be almost-Costa Rican. Ryan Sitzman is a blog empresario who owns four websties, two of which are: www.sitzmanabc.com, and www.costaricaoutsider.com, and has contributed to countless other sites in his spare time. He currently resides in Berlin de San Ramon, Costa Rica with his wife and son. Christa Jimenez is the owner of puravidamoms.com and the co-creator of the #BilingualWe community. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado with her tico husband and two daughters. These two met in 1993 at Boltz Junior High School, and have a LOT to say about multicultural and ex-pat living.
Here’s what we discuss in our inaugural episode:
- How we met… and how memory can fail even the best of us. (Sitzman gets pensive.)
- How ironic 80’s movies inadvertently sealed Ryan’s tico fate at Christa’s wedding (Christa gets nostalgic)
- Memorable quotes such as: “Drawing that cow still is my only talent.” “I’m Ryan and I drive a bus.” “I didn’t know that you could make egg drop soup outside of a restaurant, so good job.” “You can’t see my Elvis poster right now.” “That mix tape was awesome.”
Check us out, and let us know what you think by commenting below. Or just using our ridiculous hashtag #ticoish on Social Media. And stay tuned for our next episode on… shopping, Costa Rica-style.
For Ryan’s take on our episode, check out this post!