I woke up this morning around ten o’ clock, it was an amazing sleep! I then showered and prepared for the day. I am so thankful for having had the chance to go to Costa Rica before because I remembered some of the tips from last time. Most homes do not have a long supply of hot water, mine was luke warm for maybe 5 minutes before it turned cold, I am so thankful for my privileges in the U.S.. Once I was all dolled up, my host mom gave me slices of papaya and let me pour yogurt on top, it was so yummy! Then she had made gallo pinto (rice and beans) with scrambled eggs and a piece of sausage. I was stuffed! She had told me yesterday we would leave around 12 to buy my phone, but running on tico time it was not until 1:30-2pm when we got to the mall, but I was okay. The line to buy a phone was very different from a store in the U.S.. A security guard had to let people in one at a time because inside the chairs for waiting were full! After about an hour-long wait, we were assisted and I bought my little prepaid phone, it’s green and adorable! Then we went next door to Bagelmen’s (somewhat like a small Panera’s) and I ordered a BLT wrap, ginger ale and a chocolate chip cookie. The cookie was delicious! I didn’t enjoy the BLT as much as I thought I would, it was very rich and different from a BLT back home. Then Ana’s friend who drove us from the airport, Eddie, picked us up to take us to Ana’s church. The service was SPECTACULAR! ODM. There were over 100 people and it was very contemporary. Everyone had their arms raised in worship, it was awesome. I could understand most of the songs because they had the lyrics on a projector, I even recognized some of the songs (“Grande es nuestros Díos” = “How Great is Our God”). However understanding the message was a different story. I could pick up some of the message, but I wish I had brought my bible, because the slides changed to quickly for me to read all of the scripture.
We then left church around 7 and Eddie began to drive us home. Ana then asked me if I was hungry and I said yes. She asked if I preferred Taco Bell or McDonald’s, so I chose McDonald’s. A unique thing about a McDonald’s in Costa Rica is they serve fried chicken, awesome right? I ordered chicken, fries and a coke. Once we returned home I began to eat my meal, the chicken was delicious. The fries were okay, but they weren’t what I was expecting. They weren’t very salty and had a sweet taste to them, I ate them anyway of course. Around 8pm I told Ana and Eddie that I was going to talk to Ian on Skype and told them goodnight. I talked to Ian for about an hour, then Facetimed with my parents.
I must now go to bed because orientation is in the morning at 8 am and we have to leave around 7:30 to start walking there! ¡Qué lindo!
*My host mom knows little English so when I spoke to Ian it was the first time all day that I broke down and used English. I am still adjusting, at times mi máma can speak too quickly for me to pick up what she is saying but other times I can understand.