Day 4

July 19, 2017

Hola, a todos!

Going to get this out of the way now: my each and every weekday will start out with Oso walking us to class because it’s pretty much my favorite thing ever. I mean, just look at him!

After breakfast today (which was waffles, a banana, and what I can only describe as two biscuits/cookies with caramel in-between) my little neighborhood crew of Sarah, Kailey, Chloe, Heidi, and I made our way to school for class. It was a pretty good day in Advanced Spanish I, we went over homework and then had a little instruction on the next topic we’re covering. I am so happy that I am taking a language course here. I love seeing how other people, especially native speakers teach different topics. I think that’s what will help me grow the most as an educator from this trip. It has been fascinating for me to see how my different teachers, professors, lab assistants from Spain, and now professors in Costa Rica teach the same topics differently. It has really helped me to grow my teacher-toolbox with not only materials but ways to teach. I am starting to feel very confident that with the many different ways I have been taught the same lessons I will be able to teach whatever I need to teach in different ways to make sure it reaches all of my students. (Oh, and in class today we also had a discussion of supernatural experiences we each have had–this place, this class, these people, everything is perfection.)

After class was out I met up with my neighborhood crew again to walk home for lunch as we had our first free afternoon today, and don’t worry–we took advantage of it. After we got home I sat down to do my homework for the day, get ahead a little so I don’t have to stress and just take care of some random other things that I needed to take care of. Then it was lunch time. I LOVE Mamá Tica’s cooking. (I don’t know how I am going to go back to cafeteria food…)

After some lunch it was time to meet up with Heidi and Chloe to walk back to the University to meet up with a group of some of my Summer IV Sol-Mates for an afternoon trip to San José. We took a bus into town and then took taxis to el Mercado Calle Nacional de Artesania y Pintura. We had an incredible time walking around and shopping a little bit. I got some souvenirs for myself and my family and saw some incredible hard work, craftsmanship, artistry, todo. I’m thinking I’ll probably go back before my time here is up, even if it’s just to walk around and look.

After we finished up at the market we made our way toward the train station to catch a train back to Heredia. On the walk there we got to see a bit of San José. I cannot even begin to take in all the sights, smells, sounds, people here. I am so glad that I am going to be here for as long as I am so that I can really enjoy all that this country has to offer.

Until my next Costa Rican adventure,
Pura Vida
-Shea

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