Mae of the Week: February 24

This issue’s M.O.T.W. is Chepe’s favorite son Lucas “la lechuga” Ugalde. Lucas is an outdoorsy type who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty. His hobbies include public urination, collecting shreds of cardboard boxes, and sprawling out, unconscious, in the middle of the sidewalk. At the moment, Ugalde is between jobs and homes. He’s currently staying at…

Mae of the Week: February 3

This week’s M.O.T.W. is former Costa Rican presidential candidate José María Villalta. The Broad Front Party leader is 36 years old, lives in a group home in La Uruca, and notes his favorite book as George Orwell’s 1984. Not taking the election loss well, Villalta has been on a week long binger. Family members stated…

Mae of the Week: January 30

This week’s M.O.T.W. is a familiar face: Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla. Chinchilla is 54 and lives in Rohrmoser with Óscar Arias’s parents. After four exhausting years of covering shit up, she is looking forward to watching someone else “give it a go.” In her spare time she enjoys borrowing money and unquestionably accepting invitations to…

Mae of the Week: January 16

This week’s M.O.T.W. is Costa Rican presidential candidate Luis Guillermo Solis. Solis is from Montes de Oca and is getting absolutely demolished in the Presidential polls despite being by far the most educated. Solis was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Michigan while leading candidate Johnny Araya can neither spell Fulbright nor Michigan, which…

Mae of the Week: January 6

This week’s M.O.T.W. is Costa Rican presidential candidate Johnny Araya. Johnny is from San José and lives in 1982 with his parents. In that year in Costa Rica, milk cost ₡200 (US$0.40) and it was still cool to skip presidential debates. In his spare time, Johnny likes to “hit the clubs” and make false promises. He…

Mae of the Week: December 30

This week’s M.O.T.W. is Denis Echandi of Paraiso, Cartago. Echandi, 56, lives with his younger sister and has a part-time job painting tacos and hamburgers on the exterior walls of sodas around Cartago. He enjoys day drinking until he falls asleep in public and harassing guilas when they walk by him on the street. He thinks he…

Mae of the Week: December 23

This week’s M.O.T.W. is Daniel Smith. Smith, a self-proclaimed ‘Gringo-Tico’ after his 1.5 years in Costa Rica, loves to complain about everything that is different from the U.S. while maintaining no desire to ever return. Having lived in Costa Rica for 18 months illegally, Smith has never made a ‘visa run’ due to his legally…

Mae of the Week: December 9

This week’s M.O.T.W is Esteban Bonilla. He is 26 years old and lives with his grandmother in Quepos. Esteban drives a pirate taxi with an extra loud muffler. Although his license plate holder doesn’t light up, he is hoping that will change in 2014. When not driving in the middle of the road he enjoys…

Mae of the Week: December 2

This week’s M.O.T.W. is Wilbur Hernandez. He is 24 years old, lives in Belén with his mother, and loves Fast and the Furious. Wilbur works as a selfie model. He says he’s really found his creative range since purchasing his first used smartphone at San José’s Central Market in 2011. His favorite food is rice…

Mae of the Week: November 25

Jose Vargas is this week’s M.O.T.W. He is 29 years old, lives in Alajeuelita with his parents, and is good at watching his sisters do the dishes. In his free time Jose enjoys long walks to the Chino and a good flip through La Teja. His favorite color is mauve.