I have moved to Costa Rica for quite some time now and I still feel like I am failing to get the hang of the Costa Rican life. I know that I am a foreign man in an unfamiliar land; I already have my citizenship yet I still feel like I am only a visitor. I have the trouble in communicating with the locals there and you can only imagine the struggle that I have trying to understand the people around and trying to make them understand me as well. How should I deal with this?
It doesn't feel good to be a stranger in a strange land.
How's your Spanish? I lived in Turkey at one point and, despite the natural hospitality of Turkish culture, at points, I felt similar to what you're feeling now. Learning Turkish really helped me to engage more in the country. I wonder if steeping yourself in Spanish might work for you. If you take 3-4 lessons a week, then you'll develop a Spanish tongue quickly.
Otherwise, having a hobby that you're passionate about helped me as well. People tend to give more to you if you have something that you already share.
Either way, good luck my friend!
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