Costa Rica is great. I am having an absolutely wonderful time and everyday proves to be better than the last. I have no morning classes for the next 3 weeks, which is great because that means I get to sleep in and enjoy my morning breakfast.
So, turns out I got strep throat last week, which definitely put a damper on the trip. Being sick was really hard because all I wanted to do was sleep and be in my room even though there were so many activities I could have participated in.
Luckily, I was good enough to go to river rafting on Saturday! That was super fun! Because it’s the dry season the water level was slightly lower, which was actually quite nice because there was more time to just look around at the jungle. There were quite a few moments where it really hit me that I’m studying abroad here. Honestly, it’s hard to believe that this is my semester, and even harder to believe that I am going to have to go back to the same routine when I get back. But for now, I’m enjoying everything Costa Rica has to offer.
(My river rafting group. I’m in the pink shirt – a shirt my host family gave me!)
Yesterday, my friend and I went to San José to buy bus tickets for our trip the Jacó we are going on this weekend. That was quite the adventure as well. We took the bus to the bus station. Some lady in front of us was google translating “look out for the thieves.” Then she walked us to what we thought was the bus station to buy the tickets but it was the wrong one. So then my friend and I took a taxi to the right bus station, bought the tickets and went and got coffee. It was the most incredible view! Some fellow american who had just arrived and was traveling alone ended up sitting with us and we could tell her everything she needed to know because right now Costa Rica is our home. Also, the coffee and chocolate cake was not bad.
(the view from the coffee shop. the photo doesn’t do it justice)
(café con leche and chocolate cake…at 10am)
Today I woke up, ate breakfast, went to the school to work on a project with my partner and then went to the mall with some friends. I ate two ice creams and then came home and had cookies because it was all so tempting. Immediately after, I went and played soccer with some girls from my program and some kids who live in our neighborhood. I was wearing the wrong shoes and could definitely feel all the food I ate before, but it was so fun! Definitely doing that again.
Besides the little strep hiccup, everything is great. It is incredible to think that this Saturday completes one whole month of living in Costa Rica. It feels way shorter and way way longer at the same time.
(Pañuelo – a pastry filled with dulce de leche. Obviously delicious!)
That’s all for now! Pura vida mae