Random Update

*I don’t have many photos that relate to this blog post specifically, so I just put whatever I had at the bottom of the post, if you are more interested in photos, which I feel like everyone is*

Semana Santa, aka Holy Week, aka Spring Break, is coming up next week!  My friends and I are going to Playa Uvita and Manuel Antonio for pretty much the entire week so that should be fun.

This past weekend, my friends and I went to Playa Conchal, which was absolutely beautiful and incredibly hot!  We left on Friday and the bus ride took forever.  We left at 3pm and didn’t arrive until around 9pm.  The bus did not have air conditioning and the driver liked to make personal stops at people’s homes on the way there.  Finally we arrived, late and tired and sweating, and went out to dinner.

The next day we went to the beach, Playa Conchal, which is exactly what the name means, a beach made out of shells.  The “sand” is actually a bunch of small shells which are absolutely beautiful because it is white “sand” and the blue water.  I didn’t really take that many photos so you might just have to Bing image some if you are interested to see what it looks like.

We ate at sodas the whole time we were there, which are cheap and delicious.  The only struggle was the heat.  It got up to above 90 degrees, which, coming from the cool 80 degree weather in Heredia, was quite a shock.

We are in the final week of our second to last module.  I really enjoy the module system that is unique to the Sol program because classes go faster, which I like, and I am only focusing on two classes at a time rather than all 4 at the same time.  It also leaves much more room to explore places after class.

Today we did a coffee tour, and while I didn’t taste that much coffee, I did try the chocolate covered fruit and coffee beans which were great!  The tour itself was interesting as well.  It was a sustainable coffee farm that grows it’s beans in the shade.  We were walked through the whole process of making coffee, which is a huge export of Costa Rica.

Also, it is great when I can hear my Spanish improving.  Once you’ve lived here for a couple of months, it is amazing how you start to be able to understand what people are saying without translating.  I’ve even started doing some of the hand movements that are different here in Costa Rica.  Lastly, I’ve been picking up, or attempting to pick up, slang from here.  My favorite so far is “mae” which is the equivalent of dude.  It’ll be interesting to see when I go back to school how my Spanish classes will feel now that I’ve lived in a different country for a period of time.

I think that is all for now.  Until after Semana Santa.

IMG_6570(El Teatro Nacional – The National Theatre in San Jose)

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(My favorite breakfast – gallo pinto, eggs, cheese and fruit.  Mango here is unreal and I never liked guava before but love it now!)

IMG_6598(I find it really interesting the way they do their trash collecting here.  Nobody has garbage bins, instead, they take the garbage bags and lay them on the street to get picked up.)

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(A terrible picture of a delicious Torta Chilena.  It is so good!  I don’t really know how to explain it but it’s sweet thin dough, almost like puff pastry, layered with dulce de leche, of course because everything is layered with dulce de leche, and covered in a sweet meringue.  It is absolutely amazing and my mouth is watering just writing about it.)

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(Graffiti I pass every bus ride back from San Jose.  There isn’t anything special about it, but it is a nice reminder that my stop is next)

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