Before this road trip, I would’ve balked at the thought of “looking up” someone my best friend’s parents asked me to contact once we arrived Costa Rica. But we’re in San Jose for a week or so while the Ford Dealership orders a new door lock to replace the one damaged in the coastal robbery. So I tell Nancy’s parents yes, I’ll try. And at an Internet cafe in a mall, I email the one-time exchange student who braved a year at Glencoe High School. His name is Arnoldo and I quickly find out he has morphed into a Latin American recording star with a silky voice cooed over by all the women in Costa Rica. And he’s married to the local Kelly Rippa TV star, MariaMalia. They’re humble celebrities and she’s way pregnant with twins. Yet they take the time to show us another Costa Rica — one with upscale malls and coffee shops. And I vow to always say YES to looking up friends of friends, even three times removed.
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