Semana Dos

May 19:

Day one of new schedule. For the remainder of this session, I have class from 8 am – 11 am so that everyone in the class has the appropriate level of material for their next session. It’s going to be hard to wake up that early everyday, but I also gain an hour for relaxing, sleep, sleep, or blogging when I finish class.

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The morning view from my school. Not too shabby.

Today was a pretty relaxing day. Sol wanted us to be able to relax because we had a tiring weekend.  I didn’t have that much homework and tried to start planning activities to do once our programming ends. However, I was looking through the lonely planet book and because overwhelmed with the number of things to do. I will have to use other resources next time.

I needed to get out of the house to focus on my homework, so my roommate and another friend met up at the University. I really like working there because I can do my work outside and also be in an upbeat environment.

May 20: 

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Today we went on a city tour of San Jose. Now I realize where all the nightlife is. We already planned a trip back to San Jose on Friday to explore deeper. All the architecture and city planning is really hip. We went to see a few of the historical sites and then shop at the market. As you may know, markets are my favorite! Although, they didn’t barter as much as Asian countries. Nevertheless, I found some great gifts and accessories.

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Church in San Jose

In class, we are starting to learn irregular verbs, so things are becoming increasingly difficult. There are so many rules, exceptions, and lists to memorize. I know that it just takes time but it feels like I am expected to remember everything after such a short time to I can speak.

May 21:

Today started off as a rather poor day, I was really tired and had a lot of second guessing about doing this program and not having taken Spanish before. As I mentioned before, I am trying to learn what others learn in 1 to 2 years in 3 weeks. Even though people keep telling me I am doing well and learning so much, it doesn’t always feel that way. Nevertheless, it turned out to be a good day: I took my first siesta of the summer and had a Sol salsa class which ended up being tremendously fun.  Most of us weren’t so great at the whole rhythm thing but it gave lots of laughs. The class ended with modern American dance and some of the people in my group were trying to teach us how to twerk. It’s actually incredible how some people can move their bodies.

A lot of my friends were going out tonight and I originally planned on it, but after treating ourselves to ice cream and Zumba (This class was interesting to say the least. I’m not sure how much of a workout I got, but I was surely able to show off my flailing skills.) I thought I should study a little and get some sleep. It’s funny because most people go abroad and take easier classes so they have more time to relax and explore, but everyone on my trip, especially me, are in intensive spanish classes. Oh well, Purda Vida.

May 22: 

Our regular volunteering with an elementary school has been down because all of the schools are currently closed. Why are they closed, you may ask? Good question. For the past three months, most teachers haven’t been being paid. Understandably, they are now on strike to be paid. With the recent turnover of government (May 8th) there is a promise of payment. But since there is no certainty on when the schools will reopen, we are going to volunteering at an animal rescue instead. However, there was finally a large storm today and it was dangerous for us to be outside with the dogs. Therefore, we had to cancel it right before we were going to leave. It was raining so much that we had to find a cab home.

When we got home, it was an absolute perfect day to lay in bed and watch Netflix. And that is exactly what Emmanuelle and I did. It was so nice and relaxing. We became a bit more productive later in the night and when to the gym and studied. At dinner, our Mama Tica told us that the rain today was barely anything. They are used to having that large of a storm everyday. Yikes.

May 23: 

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Always time for ice cream

We had our second test today, I went pretty good! I got rather nervous when I was taking it, but my teacher clarified a few things that I knew but was forgetting. It was really nice of her. After school, a bunch of my friends were going to down to San Jose to wander and do our own exploring. It was a gorgeous day to just wander! In central San Jose, there was not much besides shops and tons of people. In fact, it even had a Chinatown that was legit one chinese restaurant…okay Costa Rica, you do your thang.  Nevertheless, it was still a great afternoon. We got ice cream (obviously) and ended up walking past the people signing the Costa Rican flag for the World Cup!!! I’m pretty sure we also got on TV (so cool!).20140526-154644-56804275.jpg

We came back to Heredia for dinner (mexican, obviously) and then continued to the popular college bar street. The first bar was really crowded and extremely loud, as in we couldn’t hear anything people were saying. We decided to play pool for a little when a few of our friends left for the night. We could hear each other way better, but when the game was over, we decided to go to another bar across the street. It was much quieter and a perfect place to end the night. Since we had to be up early the next day, we had originally planned on being home around 12 – 12:30. However, we were having such a good time that we ended up staying until the bar closed around 2. Oh well, we had the bus ride to sleep…right?

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San Jose

May 24: 

A detailed post will be coming soon with details of the fabulous weekend.

May 25: 

A detailed post will be coming soon with details of the fabulous weekend.

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