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May 13-19

Check me out writing after a week. See I can blog without letting a month pass by. Speaking of months, I have only 4 weeks left until I return to the States! But first, I will go over the week.

Sunday

Heredia won! Which was cool except for the insane amount of honking that took place two hours after the game! Today (Saturday 19th) is the major game for the championship. If Heredia wins, the whole providence will be partying and honking and other! Sunday I don’t recall doing much, except trying to read for later in the week. Nothing really comes to mind though.

Monday

Monday I spent the whole day doing my subjunctive workbook pages while listening to Disney songs in Spanish. I also listened to the Prince of Egypt soundtrack in Spanish which is AMAZING! I almost prefer Liberanos to Deliver Us. After a few hours of slow productivity I finished the pages and was able to transfer my vocab from my notebooks to my little book. Then I enjoyed my treat of watching the HIMYM season finale, which blew my mind. It was a bummer because I didn’t have minutes or internet to fan girl to someone.

Tuesday

I woke up early to get to class, we went over examples of the subjunctive. I enjoyed the review, it’s always nice to go back and remember one of the most toughest tenses in the language. After class I went to the main office to ask for more people to tutor, I will start with them Monday. Hooray! Then I went home to eat lunch and took a nap. I can’t remember much of what happened Tuesday, so I think it was an easy day.

Wednesday 

My mom and I talked about how to make cramps less painful. She took me not to get my feet wet because that apparently makes it worse. I then tried studying for the exam on Friday which kind of worked. Then I went to class and we listened to two presentations then had a group assignment which was hard. We had to pull out the new vocabulary in dialects from 5 different places then say what the words are in Costa Rica. Not being a native speaker it was difficult. After class we all went for icecream at POPs. I had a coffee ice cream sundae with chocolate syrup. It was yummy. Then I went home only to discover my youth group wanted to go to McDonald’s, not the one near my house but the one where I had just come from. So we went to McDonald’s and I enjoyed some delicious cookies.

Thursday

Thursday we went over the subjunctive again so that was fun. Then after class there was a drag show for diversity week. Katie C, Cori and her student and I went to watch on the hill where the diversity plaza is. The show was very amusing, I liked the girl who danced to Beyonce songs. She/he was really good! I must admit I am jealous that they can dance like that in heels when I can barely walk in them. Oh life and it’s justifiable ways. After the show I went home for lunch and found out a puppy would be there the next day. I took a long nap and woke up just in time to watch the finale of Grey’s. It made me sad because a character died, thus showing my tv addict life. I then started to study for the exam and went to bed.

Friday

Friday I woke up around 6:30 to the cries of a puppy. I got up and played with the most adorable lab puppy. Then my mom and I had breakfast and coffee and I went back to sleep because my day didn’t start until later. When I woke up again for the second time the puppy was gone so I went to take a shower, but was interrupted by my mom telling me to come quick. The puppy was back! She was too cute. I played with her some more, ate lunch then headed to class. In theater we ended up combining groups with Kayla’s group because one of the people in my group stopped showing and she was a main character in our play. Now Kayla and I are the protagonists, which takes the pressure off. We had a lot of fun improvising and Fransisco and I played jokes on each other. After class Luiguí wanted a picture with me then said “No with Katy Perry” to mess with me. Then Kayla and I met up with Cori and studied more for the exam. I think it went okay for me, but the profe grades hard. I believe that interpreting a poem is an individual endeavor and there is no correct answer, but the profe doesn’t think that. So here’s hoping for at least an 8. When I returned home I had arroz con pollo and then went to bed early because I was exhausted.

Saturday (Today)

Today is the big day of the game. I heard the honking start around 12, oh dear. Cori and I plan to go see The Lucky One at 4:40 pm. Hopefully others will join. At the moment it is pouring and there is thunder, maybe it’s to symbolize the big game. A smoothie place just opened two houses down from my house and my mom surprised me with one and a delicious panini. Now I am listening to more Spanish songs from my favorite childhood movies (Yes that includes Pulgarcita ;)). The game is later so I hope they win (Heredia) because I like rooting for the under dog.

Having 4 weeks left/Feelings and stuff

Holy smokes there are only 4 weeks left until I leave for the states. I have had nothing but mixed feelings for the past few weeks about my departure from Costa Rica. I love it here so much but I also miss my home. I am terrified that my spanish is the same as it was before I got here, which isn’t quite true, but it is a fear. I will miss all my friends from Gal and from my classes very much. Also I will miss my mom, she is so amazing and I love her like she was my real also amazing mom. I hope to return to CR when I can, just like my spanish teacher has done. Speaking of Señora, I believe I may run into them close to the end of my study abroad. I hope so, I want to show her how I’ve improved, mostly thanks to her. Other news includes the soon arrival of Ian! He’s coming in 5 days and we will be going to Manuel Antonio to see the monkeys and spend well deserved time with each other. I am so grateful for him, he is such a great boyfriend and best friend. I can’t wait to see him, after 4 months, Skype just doesn’t match a real hug.

It’s almost 3 so I’m going to get ready to go to the movies then head to the mall early to check out some books Erin suggested to me. I will also miss my new ISEP friends, they all live far away but I guess they are in the same country, which won’t stop me from visiting.

Until next week!

¡Hasta Luego!

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Vengadores, Tortuguero y Museo de los Niños

Gah. Let time pass again! Ooops. Here are the top three events that have happened in the past three weeks.

School has gone well so far I received an 86 on my first exam, mainly because I forgot how to spell the indigenous tribes…oops. But other than that I did quite well 😀 I presented my powerpoint finally this past week and one two weeks ago for Alexa’s class with Erin. It was enjoyable, we made everyone dance, mwahaha. Now for the main events!

VENGADORES:

Lucky for us (drum roll) The Avengers premiered a week earlier than the United States so Bill, Cori, Sav, Erin, Maya and I saw it a week before everyone else! And to make things better it was in English. We were all expecting the movie to be in Spanish, which would have been fine, but this way we could understand the wonderful sarcasm of Iron Man and the jokes between the heroes. Before the premier we just hung out at the mall and I bought some cute earrings.

DR’S VISIT

I didn’t feel like putting this in the title. So two weeks ago I woke up with severe pain in my neck. I couldn’t move it to the right side and it was stuck like that for most of the day. I woke up around 10:30 and could not go to the clinic until 4:30. It was horrible, I was sick as well and had many dizzy spells. Finally we got to the clinic and the said I would get medicine, which I thought okay great. Then I thought the Dr. said I had to wait because she had to give someone shots….I thought it was another patient…..not me 😛 So I had two shots, the first was okay but the second was painful….both were NOT in the arm! Thankfully the medicine worked and a few days later the pain went away.

TORTUGUERO

This past weekend Erin, Cori, Bill and I went to Tortuguero. It was so beautiful, just as I had remembered. We left early in the morning and took two buses and a ferry. On the way we met a guy named Sam who was from London and had just graduated from Med School in Ireland. He was really cool and ended up hanging out with us because his friends were in Monteverde. When we arrived at the ferry stop a man from the hostel meet us with our names on a sign and after the boat ride he showed us to our hostel. Bill made a great choice because it was paradise. I wasn’t sure when I was going so I ended up in a single, which was really nice. Each morning the staff made the towels into birds or flowers and added real flowers on top. Then we went to lunch and I had the best pancakes since I have been here. Then we hung out in the hammocks and Sam and I went for a walk on the beach. Later we tried to find the Karaoke bar but it was too sketchy so we went to the Discotec instead. It was neat and entertaining as well because almost all the “community” dogs were in the bar as well! Creepy guys asked Cori and I to dance so that was awkward and eventually we left. The next day we woke up around 5 and left for a canoe tour at 5:45, we saw caimon, otters, birds, and iguanas. After the boat ride and breakfast we all took a nap then woke up for our hike. The guide was not very qualified so it was a waste of time along with the night beach walk to see turtles because we did not see any. The next day we woke up early to return and arrived home around 11:45 or so.

MUSEO DE LOS NIÑOS

Today we went to the Children’s Museum in San José. After walking awhile because I am bad with directions and can’t shake the reputation of getting lost, we finally made it! It was so much fun. We went through all the exhibits including a trip to space, experiencing earthquakes and others! Bill and Cori played Wizarding Chess and we went through a house of illusions. I took many pictures you all can check out on Facebook! I enjoyed seeing all the exhibits again and playing with magnetic sand, water, bubbles, electricity, and other things! After we returned Bill, Cori, Kayla, Maya and I went for a late lunch at Taco Bell. Then we walked towards my home and passed many honking cars because a big game is happening today with Heredia. There are flags everywhere! After a trip to Wal-Mart with Kayla I am now home sort of watching the game and updating my blog and uploading pictures. Hooray! So far Heredia is winning, although I am neutral because my mom likes another team….but they aren’t playing so I guess I am rooting for Heredia!

Ciao para ahora (Not the same jaja)

Semana Santa y Dos Semanas después

¡Chicos!

I will do my best to recall Semana Santa, we did almost the same thing each day so I may skew the details. Here we go:

Saturday

We woke up bright and early to meet at the explanada around 6:45am. I guess I am somewhat used to waking up early but I still don’t like it. On the way to the bus to San José I realized I had forgotten my camera. I stayed strong and did not tear up like I thought I would, and prayed that disposable cameras were still made, but more on that later. We then took a bus to our stop for the bigger bus to take us to Tamarindo and waited for an hour because we were early. Once we boarded the bus I put in my headphones and napped until the first rest stop. It wasn’t until we stopped that the heat really hit me, and I was thankful I wore shorts. Once we reached Tamarindo after multiple stops and hitting a fence, we spotted the Beach House Hostel and got off the bus to walk to the hostel. At first glance it was adorable, there was a kitchen and it was right by the water, but it wasn’t until later we noticed the bad qualities like roaches, ants, and only one functioning toilet. After eating home-made sandwiches we went to the beach to hop the waves. It felt really nice! For dinner we found this pizza shop and we ordered margarita pizza (yum), Kayla and I had the tinted wine. Once we were done eating we went to check out the night life and found Sharkie’s, and it was women’s night, and first we went there but couldn’t figure out which the free drinks were. Then we went to another disco bar and the free drinks were disappointing as well, we headed home and listened to people talk while smelling skunk (weed).

Sunday-Friday

My memory has faded because I can’t rely on pictures at the moment to remember what all happened, silly  disposable camera. Most of the days I woke up late, 10 or 11, then I would meet up with everyone at the beach. I loved being able to lay out and play in the waves, although the burning sad was not my favorite. Tuesday we went to Sharkie’s for Karaoke night, it was grand. I sang “Can’t Buy Me Love” by the Beatles and a Taylor Swift song with the girls, it was a free shot per each song. We discovered a place were we could have giant burritos, I ordered a fish one and saved it for lunch the next day. We also went to a place were the had nachos “as big as your ass”. From the pictures it looked true, but I only had corn on the cob. The staff and people staying at the Beach House were from all over the world! There was a man from Scotland, one from Cape of Africa, New Zealand, a woman from Finland, and 3 awesome Canadians. We mostly spent our days watching movies in the morning because it was way to hot to move, then went to the beach. I enjoyed Spring Break and meeting all the new people including Hobo guy. He was this guy with dreads that just lived at the Beach House from Argentina. Also there was an old man who claimed to be Yessenia’s boyfriend, it was silly.

Saturday

We woke up early around 5 am to ready ourselves before going home. Then we took a bus to a city of which I forgot the name of, poor Kayla took ill. Once we arrived around 9:30am our bus didn’t leave until 5:30pm and we had to take Kayla to the ER. Thankfully she was feeling better around 1, then we hung out at the park, napped for a few minutes and went to the bus station. The wait was quite long but we made us of it by napping, reading, talking, ect. Finally our bus took off and I enjoyed the night-time bus ride. I was so happy to return to Heredia and immediately napped.

The Next Week

Easter sunday I was not able to go anywhere because I had no money for taxi to Oasis and I slept in that morning due to all the travel. I spent my day being thankful for what I had and what He had done for me. The rest of the day I just hung out. Monday I don’t remember doing anything, Tuesday was back to classes. It was also Callie’s 21st birthday so we went out that night. We all wrote Pura Birra on tank tops and I decorated mine with glitter. I went home earlier then others because I knew I had reached my limit and wanted to go to bed. Thursday I met with Flory and I helped her with her English homework which was entertaining. Friday we had the Fichas due and thankfully were given another week to finish them. Theater was alright we started practicing out first scenes. Saturday I found out that Blackie was adopted by someone else and because of miscommunication I won’t be taking him home. So I started looking around on Petfinder for dogs in the US (seems easier). That day I walked with Maya to POPS and we tried looking for a used book store but I couldn’t find the one I see on my bus route. Afterwards we parted ways and I went home to hang out with my mom. Sunday I went with my mom to her other church which is in the mountains. It was so peaceful and enjoyable. It had the same energy of the Oasis but the small family vibe as Green Valley. My mom gave the sermon about Isaiah 51 which was neat to see and I could follow along in my Bible. I took many pictures and enjoyed the fresh air and calmness of the mountains. Later I had these interesting fries with cheese, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and nachos. It was DELICIOUS!

This week


Monday I did my homework for Alexa’s class and found out that my boyfriend is coming to see me May 17-24! Ahhh I can’t wait, I’ve missed him so much. Tuesday I went to class then went home to work on my powerpoint for Wednesday but i ended up sleeping and watching Glee and New Girl, which were very silly. Wednesday I finished my presentation only to find out it will not be on the exam and I dont have to present until May 2nd, which is awesome. I’m nervous for the exam because it is over so much material. Thursday I had class and we talked about principios which was quite interesting when thinking about words coming from the participles in Spanish. MIND BLOWER. Then I went home to finish my fichas and I watched Grey’s, Thursday I felt very homesick. Also last week I went to McDonald’s hoping to buy a vanilla milkshake, only to find they don’t make them here SAD FACE. Yesterday I had Theater and two of the people who actually had the script didn’t show so we couldn’t do much. Roger and I decided to change most of it because it was horrible to begin with. Then in literatura I presented my fichas first which was alright, I just told them what the articles were about/ what I learned. Before the fichas there were other presentations that were hard to sit through because I just wanted to sleep. Yesterday I also was the caboose of the group because I wore my white heels. As cute as they are, I need to find the socks for heels and flats because now my feet are killing me. Today I looked up a few things for my project for Alexa’s class, joined Pottermore which made me miss my HP books, and watched August Rush in Spanish and Easy A in english. Productive right? Tomorrow Cori and I plan on going to see Titanic. Should be fun. More to come next week! Also I should be sending out my second batch of post cards next week 🙂

 

Ciao!

Coffee Plantation, Poás, 20th Birthday and Jewell

Okay obviously I am the worst blogger ever! Given that I have let a month pass without blogging I am going to hit the main points of the month.

Santa Maria de Dota

We went to Santa Maria de Dota to see the coffee plantation. It was interesting to see the whole process of the beans going through the different machineries, drying out in the sun and in the fields. However I did not enjoy the long climb up the coffee bean mountain, although the view at the top was breathtaking. Once we had reached the top we took many pictures and our guide talked more about the town. I have to admit I wasn’t listening to most of it because I was exhausted at that point. The worst part  after climbing up was getting down. Having a fear of falling I was not comfortable scaling down the giant hill. Then we went to walk through the factory and pick beans ourselves. The baskets were quite silly and kept me from seeing where I walked. It made me appreciate anyone who is or has been pregnant, kudos to them! After berry picking we enjoyed our coffee drinks, mine was coffee, chocolate, ice cream, and mocha mix, it was delicious. Erin and I saw police blocking the street for a half hour and the older police man had a machine gun! I’m not sure what was going down but I didn’t want to provoke them!

20th Birthday

I turned 20 March 18th!!!!! The day before I went to the art festival, FIA with Erin. It was so much fun. We saw a music show with horse puppets that were very interesting, the men galloped and acted the part well. Then we checked out the rest of the park to find food and I spotted a Newfoundland. I was excited because I think they are adorable dogs and cannot wait to have one some day. Then we climbed up a small hill to see these two people climbing up scarves. They were professionals, and the others who tried were not, and failed greatly. Once we were done watching the acrobats we went into the movie tent only to view a movie about copy writing, which we only endured for ten minutes. We then checked out the book area, and I asked a man if he worked there in Spanish and he replied in English. Then I told him no English because I was here to practice. THAT’S RIGHT BRO. We then headed towards the Mercado Artesanía, and I was able to take a picture of the lady who worked the same booth when I visited last time and when Señora studied abroad. I bought a cool pair of colorful pants and then we headed back home to the Hookah Nights. Cori and Bill then joined us and we enjoyed a beer (Cori a coke) and just hung out. Then we went to the Gazebo and hung out there for a while until I was technically 20 🙂

Poás/La Paz

This past weekend we ventured out to see the volcano Poás. To be honest I was not expecting to see anything because the last time I went to see it, clouds were in the way. But thank the Lord, it was visible and clear out, it was beautiful! Cori, Kayla, and I then climbed the path to see the Lagoon, it was breathtaking as well. After that dreadful hike we returned to the café and I finally had aguadulce (con leche). Later we traveled to La Paz to see the waterfalls and the animal refugees. First we had lunch, there was margarita pizza, it was sooo goood. I love that type of pizza now, om nom nom. Then we went to visit the jungle felines, there was a puma, an ocelot, and jaguars. The big jaguar was so adorable! Such a cute big kitty! Then we checked out the waterfalls, and I took silly pictures. On our way back from the waterfalls Kayla and I went to the aviary, and a guide put a toucan on my shoulder! It was beautiful and I made sure that was my profile picture. After the aviary we checked out the mariposas, which were pretty as well. The monkeys were neat but I promised my self no more pictures of monkeys. Then Kayla and I went back to see the jungle cats again and a third time with a bigger group. It was nice when I returned home because all I wanted to do was nap!

Jewell

Where I left off, we had just found Jewell and the vet agreed to house her if we would walk her and pay for food. For the past month Maya has gone everyday to see her and I would go as much as I could. One day in the second week I found a field near my house that was enclosed. Jewell loved it there! We could take her off her leash and she was able to run and use up all her energy. She also had two other puppy friends who would play with her from time to time. At first she had troubles gaining weight but the vet gave her this fat gel that Maya would give her so she could gain a few pounds. Wednesday Jewell made her way to the US and is now a happy American pup with a field all to herself.

Other events


The most notable event I can think of this week was finally meeting a puppy Maya had told me about. Her neighbor found this cute lost puppy and he was in need of care. Apparently he could barely walk because whoever found him first did not feed or water him, shame. Anyways, Maya asked if I would be interested in adoption and at first I shrugged it off but after thinking about it I began to consider that option. Tuesday I met him, and he was a treat! He was so friendly and we bonded right away. Also he gets along with the other pets, a cat and a dog. They call him Blackie but I plan on calling him Alejandro or Ali for short. I am looking forward to starting up the process in donations and bonding with him so I can take him home.

That’s all for now, next week is Semana Santa and I am going with Cori, Kayla and Yessenia to Playa Tamarindo in Guanacaste. I can’t wait. We leave early tomorrow and I plan on swimming and finally evening out the disgusting difference that is my arm tan to my stomach white.

¡Adiós! 🙂

Doggy Adventures, Volcano, and Tutoring

This past week (2/20-26) and today have been very eventful! Also I can write about each day with more detail because I can remember what happened 🙂

Monday

I love Mondays! I have no classes and I have been sleeping in and catching up on rest from the weekend. This particular Monday I had a group meeting at 4 for my literature class. So I woke up around 11 or so, ate brunch and began to research Miguel Primo de Rivera, a Spanish dictator. Bouncing back between Netflix and research, I was ready for the group meeting. We met in the library in the Filosofía y Letras building and discussed the events and planned out a powerpoint. It only took an hour and I decided that I would do the powerpoint and Meiling could do the handout. Afterwards I returned home and finished the homework for ISEP while watching HIMYM.

Tuesday

Tuesday morning I woke up and walked to class. I had my passport copies and money all ready for part I of the visa procedure until some of the girls in my program and I found out the last day was Monday. A miscommunication via email had us all confused, so after class we decided to go to the bank and do the procedure ourselves. Afterwards we went to POPS and I had a coffee ice cream cone, it was supreme. After the ice cream I returned to UNA to meet my student. Mariel and I searched for a place to talk when she asked me “¿Le gusta cerveza?” and I said, “Uhh….sí?”. So we went to Alcatraz and ordered two cervezas, then talked about our majors, where we lived and why we wanted to learn each language. When the hour was up she asked me if I wanted coffee but I told her I had to return to UNA to give Paula my copies. However, Paula was out on a hospital visit and all the girls in the program decided to return to POPS so Maya, Kerri, and Misha could get their visa stuff done. Maya also wanted to check on a dog she had found, one she could not walk away from. I did not know what to expect from this pup, but as soon as I saw her and commanded “¡Venga!” I adored her. The security guard gave us a wire to use as a leash so we could take her to the vet. I told Maya there was a vet’s office a block away from my house, so we headed to the vet’s office. There we asked if we could let her stay there until Maya could take her home in March. I bought her a collar and we went to find her a place to stay for the night because apparently other people have brought in strays but left them there. Unfortunately we were not able to find her a place for the night, both our host mom’s did not approve of street dogs. It broke our hearts but we decided to leave her in the park so we could return to her in the morning. When we left she began to follow Maya home, and I went home and hoped she would be there in the morning.

Wednesday

Wednesday I left the house around 11:30 to look for the puppy. I had to tutor again at 12 this time so I could not spend as much time looking for her as I hoped. I ended up sitting very close to my person until we realized we were waiting for each other. Lidia was adorable! She was so nervous about speaking English and I assured her not to worry, I understood completely. We discussed how grammar could  be complex and how English was hard to learn. She was very sweet and taught her that it is “I am 22 years old” not “I have 22 years”, although that seems more reasonable, Spanish ftw. After tutoring I slowly walked through the park when lo and behold, I found the dog! She was sleeping under the shade from a store, her collar was missing though 😦 I called Maya immediately telling her I had found her! She followed us to the vet and we were able to get her help! We decided on the name Jewell, she’s such a sweetheart. She was given medicine, which she took like a champ, and she had what must have been her first bath experience ever! Maya thanked me for helping and I told her how much of an animal lover I am. The doctor told us she does volunteer work with strays and asked if we were interested, I said of course! I then returned home and started on my work book for the ISEP course. Later I was meeting Jessica at the park so we could return to my house for youth group. I am so glad I brought another believer, youth group was a blast! We talked about what candles represented and sang songs, I felt very close to the Lord that night. 🙂 Then when we had snack, all our new friends taught us Tico sayings! It was so much fun, Maureen told me that it was level 1 and I had to study them, Yamil told me there would be a quiz next week, those sillies. They then asked Jessica and I for English sayings. Unfortunately I am not the best person to ask, but I did teach them the word “Bro”. It was SOOOO funny! Even my mom joined in, “¿Qué broooo?” y “Broooooo.” I approved so much. Next week then want to try speaking English for the first 30 minutes, I agreed to help them. Once they all left I stayed up late to finish my homework.

Thursday

Thursday I had the ISEP class, and we went over the workbook homework. I had a few wrong but the review over these certain verbs was nice. Afterwards I waited for my final tutoring of the week, Flory. Flory is a dear. She was nervous about speaking English so we kept things slow. She lives in Cartago, which is two hours away via bus. I can’t believe she makes that walk everyday! When I returned home I quickly gave the vet food for Jewell, she let me see her and she immediately brightened up, I felt bad because I had to go somewhere with my mom but I would return later. I went with my mom to her salon and got my nails done for the first time in my life! It was relatively exciting. I then called Maya and we took Jewell for a walk. I love her puppy hugs, she is so happy to see Maya and I. We walked for about an hour or so, she made plenty of new “friends” or barking admirers. After the walk I finished my PPT for Literatura and then went out with some of the girls.

Friday

Friday I had Teatro and Literatura. First in theater, we were split into our groups and discussed what would be in our play. It was for the most part entertaining, but after 2 hours I was ready to go. That teacher seems to not want to waste any of the time we have. Bill, Kayla, Cori, and I sat in the classroom for literature early. When other people began to arrive, including Nemesis, the most peculiar thing happened. He greeted Kayla, Cori, and I with a kiss on the cheek. Now while this is a custom greeting it was strange because both Cori and I had barely spoken to him. We think he likes Kayla, but more on that later. In Literatura we gave our presentations. When Meiling said she would add information to my powerpoint, I was under the impression she had made extra slides. However, it turned out she made another powerpoint and our presentation lasted 15 or more minutes. The other presentations were not as long, except for of course Nemesis’ and his faithful sidekick. Back to the Kayla story, when Sabelotodo passed out his handouts he gave her a squeeze on the arm, in that awkward flirtatious way…it was so hard not to laugh, but we had to keep it in. Friday night I went to bed early because we had an excursion the next day: La Fortuna.

Saturday

Waking up at 5:30 was awful! I am not ready for morning shifts when I return 😉 Once we boarded the bus the drive took about 4 hours. In the 2nd hour we were stuck on this hill, surrounded by clouds, we discussed the perfect set up for a horror movie. We stopped in a small town that begins with a Z. It had these really cool hedge tunnels and other hedge sculptures. Arriving in La Fortuna was very exciting, I was so glad to see Arenal once more. I planned to stay the night to go on the lava hike. Our first stop was to see a waterfall. It was beautiful, but the 500 meters of steep downhill stairs and the return back up was not! We then traveled to this hot springs resort and had lunch, then we were free to swim for a few hours. The water felt so nice! There was even a bar in one of the springs, we sat on the chairs and pretended to be fancy. It was like swimming in a giant hot tub. Later, the taxi bus dropped those of us who were staying the night off at our hostel. It wasn’t until the afternoon when Erin informed me that Arenal had became dormant a year and a half ago. Lame volcano! I was so bummed! But not to fear, we planned on a night hike and went to buy groceries. I bought apples, butter , and hot dogs for later. The girls endured my request to find a pandería, with luck I found a Musmanni, my favorite kind of bread in Costa Rica! This with the proper margarine it is so yummy! I shared it with the girls when we returned and due to the rain we stayed in and just talked. It was nice just to hang out and become familiar with everyone. In Erin and I’s room we met two people from San Fransisco, and two men with British accents (muy guapo!). That night I had the best nights sleep, I was exhausted.

Sunday & Today

We woke up around 9:30, I shared the rest of my bread with Erin and we walked around looking around shops to wait for the bus. I bought a cool black t-shirt with a non sleeping Arenal on it, and four miniature bags of coffee (they make the best gifts!). The bus ride was not horrible, I slept most of the way and thankfully my iPod stayed alive the whole time. When I returned home I took a nap then told my mom about the trip.

Today I slept in until 11am, hooray for no classes! I decided to finish my postcards. I need to buy more because I’m down to the lame free ones and they aren’t as pretty as the others. Then I picked up Jewell and took a walk up to the park, I met Maya there and asked her to wait with Jewell so I could buy stamps. My first batch of postcards are finally sent out! (If you’d like one simply message me your address). Jewell and I finished our walk and I enjoyed dinner with my mom and watched The Prince of Egypt on Netflix. Then I watch HIMYM (it was so cute) and read more of my book.

Tata for now! I will try my best to write every two days instead of once a week 🙂

Week 2 of classes

The week of Valentine’s Day was not that eventful. Wednesday we went to class only to discover that “Trabajo en casa” meant there wasn’t class. So we hung out for a little while at a place called Chill Out or something like that and I met Bill’s friend Lu. Afterwards I went home and worked on my homework for the ISEP class. Thursday Kayla and I decided to go shopping and look around for shoe stores. Monday morning I had discovered that I had left my shoes in Quepos and was in need of new tennis shoes. Our adventure was grand, we found a decent shoe store and bought clothes. When we checked out the Mercado Central, I saw a sign for Karaoke at a bar and I thought it’d be the perfect place to go. I then text Bill and Cori about Karaoke night and we made plans to go around 8pm. I guess I should have went inside the bar, because when we arrived it was so sketchy! Even a patron came up to us and told us to be careful. The only positive was that the singing sounded amazing! Friday my group in theater was awesome. The whole semester we are writing a play and our final exam is to perform it, I hope people like it! After Theater, I had my Spanish literature class and we watched the worst movie ever….Pan’s Labyrinth. That movie is awful, then we talked about how it related to the Spanish Civil War which was semi interesting. Later I went home and went to bed. Saturday I went with Erin, Kayla, Cori, and Bill to the mall. We (minus Bill) went to see Journey 2 the Mysterious Island, dubbed in Spanish, we all enjoyed laughing at the lame dramatic parts. Sunday I worked  on homework and there was a barbecue my mom was throwing for a soccer game. I left my room to be social but I did not understand the game so I left early to watch Once Upon a Time. That was week two, adiós!

Manuel Antonio

Early Saturday morning Erin, Kayla, Bill, Cori, Maya and I met at the explanada at 6:45 am. Gross! We then walked down to the bus stop on the way to San José, from there we took a taxi to the correct bus stop and waited for our bus. While waiting I found the beloved candy Señora showed us the last time I went, FRUTAS! I bought ten, I was so excited, then gave one to everyone. Our bus ride was about 3 hours long, and we got off in Quepos (7km from M.A. but the town our hotel was located). I remembered immediately that I had in fact been there before and Manuel Antonio, all week I could not remember. After asking many people for directions (yay Spanish) we found the Hotel Ceciliano. Once we put away our things, and locked our valuables in the bathroom (like bosses) we changed into our swim apparel and took a bus to Manuel Antonio. The bus fare was only 250 colones (less than $1). We had no idea where to get off so we figured in front of the beach would work. We all chipped in for an umbrella, set down our things then went towards the Pacific. It was Maya’s first time on the beach ever, so that was exciting to see her happiness. Maya and I joined Bill and Cori in the waves. They were fierce, I was knocked over several times until I caught the memo to dive under them. Still there were moments were I had to grab onto my suit to prevent the ocean from seeing all that is me. Once I was worn out, Maya and I returned to our things to catch some sun rays. We also met this adorable puppy, Chester, on the beach. He ate the rest of my unwanted snow cone, later we found that he was owned by the man renting the chairs and umbrellas. He offered me him for free…..if only. We then returned to our hotel, changed and went out to eat at Dos Locos, a small Mexican Restaurant. I had fish tacos, they were pretty fly. Then we went to this empty club around 7:30 (we’re such night owls) and all the girls except Cori with her tasty Cola lite, had Piña Coladas. It was scrumptious. We were there for maybe an hour and a half when we decided to go out for ice cream then find one more bar to hang out for the night. We chose one, I forget its name, and I found Ron y Cola (an already mixed rum and coke) it was interesting but not my favorite. Then we went to bed at a reasonable hour….10:30pm.

Sunday we headed to the National Park in Manuel Antonio. It was so beautiful and very worth the ten dollars to get in. We saw squirrel monkeys, who are adorable, I got camera happy with all the monkeys we saw. We then went to the beach, unfortunately we didn’t realize there was a beach in the park, while I had brought my suit for later the others did not so we just soaked our feet in the water and walked along the trail. Then we spotted the Capuchins! I have never seen so many monkeys in my life and been so close! I saw a monkey and her baby riding its back, monkeys running on the trail, hopping branches, EVERYWHERE! Then we saw two monkeys hanging out around the water fountain that Bill had drank from. I guess they knew about the droplets that occur after someone drinks from the fountain and use the water supply. Anyways, a lady tried to help them turn it on and one of the monkeys slapped her! It was entertaining. We trucked on, and I saw Pizote (Costa Rican raccoons) and a sloth! After our time in the park we took a group nap, went out to dinner and had pizza. Then we headed out for ice cream, returned to the hotel and watched How Do You Know with Spanish subtitles. We all ended up falling asleep to Ghost Rider.

I was having the best sleep, with some odd dreams about Bill flinging bugs at me, when I felt my bed shake around 4:55am. Before I was completely awake I totally thought he was shaking all of our beds, then my eyes shot open, I sat up and all our beds were shaking. Apparently we had experienced a 6 point Earthquake, centered in Quepos. This was my first earthquake, it was awesome. What happened next was we all sort of stared at each other, I laughed, and Cori said “Oh hey, earthquake” then we all went back to sleep. That was earlier this morning, I was contemplating texting my mom when it had happened because I figured she’d be up 6am her time, but I changed my mind not feeling up to a worried phone call when I was barely conscious. Here is a link to the story: http://earthquake-report.com/2012/02/13/very-strong-and-dangerous-earthquake-in-costa-rica/

This morning we had dinner at the hotel, paid then waited at the bus stop for our bus. I was so glad to be back in Heredia, after a nice warm cleansing shower and dinner, I have been updating my blog, doing homework and looking through my   plethora of monkey pictures.

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