This week, I was lucky enough to interview very smart and awesome Adrián Soza, who is nine years old and lives here in Heredia. Adrián’s name is pronounced Ah-dree-AHN. His dad, Bernebe, brought him to meet me on my college campus after Adrián finished school. He was wearing his school uniform, a white button-up T-shirt and navy blue pants, and brand new sneakers. He shook my hand when we met. Adrián is a really nice, funny person, and I learned a lot from him about what it’s like to be a kid in Costa Rica! Here is what he told me:
o What is your house like? I live with my mom, dad, my little sister, Antoinette, and a man who is our friend.
o What do you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner? For breakfast I eat lots of different things! (I ask him: Like what?) Like rice, beans, meat, eggs, etcetera! For lunch I eat…the same things. And for dinner…steak, fish, and more of the same things!
o What chores do you have at home? I clean a little and help cook a tiny bit but (laughs) I hardly do anything. Mostly my job is to do my homework.
o What jobs do your parents have? My mom is a cook, and my dad, Bernebe, is a driver. He drives buses for tours, sports teams, and almost anything.
o What time does school start, and what time do you go home? Half of the days we have school from 7:00 am until 12:10 pm. The other half we have school from 12:30 pm until 5:30 pm. On Mondays we have school from 7:00 am until 5:30 in the evening, and the first half of the day is P.E. classes and music. (I ask Adrián: Do you have art classes in school?) No, we don’t have art classes until we are older.
o How do you get to school? Are you allowed to go to school by yourself? I walk to school with my mom and dad, and sometimes with friends.
o What do you eat for lunch, and where do you eat? What is your favorite food? I eat the school lunch. It’s good. I have a lot of favorite foods. Rice, beans, everything. (I ask: Do you like sweets?) Yeah, of course! (What is your favorite kind of ice cream?) Chocolate.
o What language do you speak at school? How do you say “Hello”? in your language? We speak Spanish. We’re learning English. For hello we say “Hola.” (Pronounced OH-la.)
o What are some common kids’ names at your school? There are three Eduardos in my class. My best friends names are Angelo, Cristián, Esteban, and Eduardo.
o What subjects do you study in school, and which one is your favorite? We study science, math, Spanish, English, sports, music and social studies. My favorite subjects are science and math, and also English!
o What is your homework like? My homework is hard, but it’s fun because I like to write.
o What do you like to do after school? Do you have a favorite sport or game? I like playing soccer and baseball. My favorite team is Saprissa. (Saprissa is a Costa Rican team.) I would like to do karate.
Demonstrating soccer with an invisible ball
o Who is your favorite famous person? My favorite famous people are soccer players, like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
o What kinds of music do you listen to? I like rock and “musica romantica.”
o What would you like to be when you grow up? When I grow up I want to be a lawyer, so I can defend poor people. (I ask: If you could change anything in the world, what would you change?) There would be no drug addicts. No thieves…well, I guess that’s impossible. There would be less pollution.
o If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would go to Argentina, Spain, Italy, The United States, Canada…etcetera! I want to go everywhere in the world. I have been to Nicaragua and right near the border of Panama.
o What do you know or think about the United States? I know that they speak English…and that they have very advanced technology. I guess I don’t know a lot more than that. But I hear it’s beautiful.
o What questions do you have for kids in the United States? If a kid from the U.S. was here right now, I would just ask them how old they were, who was in their family, and what life is like!