Hey guys, I’m michael alan from www.TravelCostaRicaNow.com and I’m going to
tell you… What Tico’s don’t like about us “Gringos”, and when I say Gringo’s
I’m talking about people from the United
States, and that’s it.
Gringos… United States …
and I’m not talking about what Gringo’s are done to the real estate and land values
That’s another video… Other stuff.
And, I’m also going to tell you the worst
thing Gringo’s do, last.
So you want to
stay tuned… because actually it’s the
Now, the first thing.
I learned this the hard way and pretty
A Tico said… “So, where are you from?”
I said.. “Well, I’m an American.”
He said… “So am I.”
North America. Central America.
People in United States do NOT have a
monopoly on America or American.
So. They know Christopher Columbus too. So don’t
learn that one the embarrassing way like
I did. They also don’t like that we don’t
have any patience, and that we’re ‘time
oriented’, and we have this constant need
to move and do things. Well actually, they
don’t mind that we’re like that. They
just don’t like us coming down and
pushing our A.D.D. attitude on them.
They’d rather us keep it either in our
mind, or back in the United States.
Now, guys the truth is, Gringo’s tend to be
loud and obnoxious. Not that Tico’s can’t
be loud. If you’ve ever been to a bar
watching a soccer game they can be quite loud.
But I’m telling you in a group. If
there’s somebody being obnoxious it’s
probably a gringo. Whooping and hollering. Drawn attention to themselves.
whoo-hoo, I’m a gringo! I can be loud!
Well they don’t really like that and it is
obnoxious. So, try, try not to do that.
They also don’t like us
bad-mouthing their food. Alright.
And I actually agree with them on this.
Now, it’s true that they don’t like spicy.
really. That’s Mexico. They’re not like
But just because you went to a touristy
‘gringo price’ restaurant here doesn’t
mean you know their food.
You only know touristy Gringo’s price’
Restaurants menus food.
You know what I mean?
So, yes they have rice and beans as
a staple here. Just like potatoes is a
staple in most places in the United
States. But believe me. They do all the
stuff. They got recipes. They have fish,
and things. They dress things up.
It’s just you don’t know it. You know. So
believe me, the food is good down here
and if you don’t think it’s good just
bring a bottle of Tabasco sauce with you.
I guess on your next trip.
Now, this next thing, is, can be kind of racist whether you
you are meaning it so or not.
Do not say.. “You don’t look like a Tico.”
Which basically is you’re referencing that
they look more white than they should.
And that’s kind of play.. There, it’s
kind of playing into that whole …what we
do to blacks a lot in the United States
where if they’re lighter we think
that they may be more intelligent or we
can relate to them better than the the
darker ones that could be sketchy and
less intelligent. Well, that’s obviously
way not true, and it’s way not true here.
Tico’s here are from white to dark and
everything between. So don’t do that
“you don’t look like a Tico” thing it’s it’s
not good. It does sound a little
racist and discriminatory. Maybe even on
a subconscious level.
Now, I’m not gonna…
I’m not gonna… strike that. umm
If you learn Spanish or you think you learn
Spanish before you come here and you’re
talking to the waiter here and he
doesn’t understand you. It’s because your
Spanish sucks. lol
it’s not as good as you think it is.
It’s not because he doesn’t know Spanish. He lives here.
But don’t get all pissy and
like you’re talking great Spanish and
he’s got the problem because he doesn’t
No! You have the problem
because your Spanish isn’t good.
It’s very offensive.
think about it in a reverse situation
if somebody was saying
that about your English.
The other funny, kind of sad thing is, if
a Tico doesn’t know English. You talking
doesn’t mean he’s gonna understand it
any better. So, “Can.. you… get me.. a … beer??
You sound retarded!
DON’T DO IT!
It’s embarrassing to
people from the United States.
So please don’t do that.
Okay, this next one I’m gonna not get
into it big time. It’s going to be
general, because it can be more in-depth
but generally it is true. I’m going to
talk about the crime.
When you talk about
the crime in Costa Rica being like you
heard it was out of control. They
understand the hypocrisy of what you’re saying.
Believe me, now, crime can be a
problem here but that’s in a lot of
places. but if you think the crime here
is is out of control.
Then it’s at Mad Max levels in the United States.
It’s kind of like casting a stone
Calling the kettle black.
It’s it’s very hypocritical and they know it and
they don’t like it.
Now, and again you
know the truth is most travelers that
come here feel very safe, but you just
hear the bad stories. You hear the one
out of, you know, a thousand stories type of thing but by far the worst things that
Gringo’s do here that they don’t like
and actually we do this all around the
world not just here. We have this
annoying habit of thinking we’re better
than everybody else. We talk down to
people. We preach, to the, to people.
We say things like… “Well that’s not how we do it in the United States.”
They don’t care how we do it the United States.
They are not jealous.
They do not want to be us.
I know that’s hard to believe… We’re great people.
But they don’t.
They’re very proud to be a Costa Rican.
They don’t mind telling you that.
I’m telling you, you can’t underestimate this.
we do have this way about us thinking
we’re here and everybody else is is there.
Now, although… they do like our
movies and some of our music. but I think
they just rather you appreciate the
country and say thank you.
and remember, just because somebody might be smarter… doesn’t necessarily make them wiser.
and I would go so far as to say
that there’s more Gringo’s wishing they
were living the tico lifestyle, than
Tico’s wishing they were living the
gringo lifestyle in the United States.
You can bank on that.
and kind of a funny one…. they think it’s kind of funny
that people from the United States when they
come down here to travel or whatever.
They wear their safari outfits like
they’re going to the Serengeti looking
for elephants and giraffes. lol
Guys, you don’t need the safari outfits. Alright.
So anyway guys,
I’m michael alan for Travel Costa Rica Now .com
Peace guys… Hope it helps!