I can’t make a decision!
I’m at the stage of my life where I’m checking items off of my Bucket List. Speaking a foreign language and living in another country are two of those items that have risen to the top of the list.
I fulfilled the usual high school and university foreign language requirements by taking classes in French and Spanish, but I never learned to speak another language. I understand a few words and phrases and can read signs well enough to get myself around. But that is NOT the same as communicating in a second language.
I have dreamt of living in Italy, Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, Morocco, England (no language barrier there). I dream of many things but want to make this dream a reality.
1st priority is to learn a language.
Spanish it will be. Spanish is spoken in South America, Central America, Spain, Cuba and the US! It is the 2nd most popular world language, measured by number of native speakers. (Mandarin is first and English is third.) Immersion is the only way to learn a language. I hope to do 4 week immersion program but can’t seem to make a decision about where!
2nd priority is to experience another culture.
Barcelona, Spain has been on my list of MUST SEE cities for a long time. Gaudi. Dali. Picasso. Flamenco. Tapas. La Sagrada Familia. Mediterranean coast. A dynamic city with historic side trips around the country.
Costa Rica is mother nature. Vulcan Arenal. Cloud forests. Quetzals. Monkeys. Sloths. Pre Columbian art. White sand beaches. A small town with outdoor explorations of diverse ecologies.
Two very different experiences. Both with a strong emotional pull. Both with great photographic opportunities. One this year and another next? Maybe. But what if I can only do one? Which would it be? I plan to go in January. I am not a fan of January in New England. Warmth and green are the way to begin a new year!
What would be your decision? Why?