Archive for December 2013
Our 12 year old neighbor, Dylana, wanted only “ropa” (clothes) for Christmas. Knowing how difficult it was to shop for our daughters back in the old country, I decided that she and I would go shopping together. We would make an adventure of it! She was excited when I asked if that would be OK, but she had to act surprised and pretend like she hadn’t seen any of the clothes when she opened the packages! She readily agreed.
Today was the day that finally fit for both of our schedules to do the shopping. She decided she would like to shop at Aliss, a department store down the way from Multi Plaza (in Escazu) or it’s also called “the Beverly Hills of Costa Rica”. Keep in mind, this is a store she’s never been to but has heard me talk about it! LOL
Originally, just Dylana and I were going but Maricela (her mother) and Nazareth (her sister) decided they wanted to go too. Again, neither had been there before! I made sure that Maricela and Nazareth were aware that this day was for Dylana and they weren’t getting anything…..
I had been warned from various friends that the traffic is horrible, etc.; I found just the opposite! In fact, I’ve been in worse traffic in that area when it wasn’t holiday time. We arrived at Aliss about 10 a.m., so maybe that’s a little of the reason there wasn’t much traffic yet…and I noticed when driving past Multi Plaza there were still parking places available.
We walked in the store and I wish everyone could have seen the grin on Dylana’s face! Maricela and Nazareth’s faces too for that matter. I kept telling Dylana, venga….(come) to get her to the department where clothes were. Keep in mind, she couldn’t quit smiling! She picked out a few tops and pants; altho’, she had no clue what I meant about trying the clothes on to make sure they would fit. I could tell that they shop by just holding up clothes to themselves. If only I could shop like that! LOL
All clothing was 20% off today – including the new summer clothing they were just putting out. And 50% off Christmas things….
Maricela did buy Nazareth a pair of flip flops.
We were back in Atenas by 12:30 p.m.
Not sure if it’s wise of me to introduce them to stores like this but Maricela noted on the way home that the prices at Aliss didn’t seem to be too high.
All in all, it was a great morning, Dylana was still grinning when she got out of the car. How fun it must have been for her to go into a store that had a great quantity of things to choose from.
Made me happy that I did this….I know she enjoyed shopping and picking out fun stuff.
Pura Vida! and Feliz Navidad!