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6 AM - Blue sky, refreshing breeze, coffee in hand, birds aplenty, life is good! Today is "A Day in the Life". We are visiting a local family in their home and eating with them. Our talk yesterday was on the education system. Schooling is compulsory until the age of 18. Trade schools are free. Public universities, there are 5, cost approximately $200 per semester. In high school, students must learn a second language, either English or French. In order ...
... I haven't made any calls yet. Pretty much all the utilities in Costa Rica are government controlled via ICE (pronounced ee-say, because Spanish), and historically there are reports of slow-to-progress issues. However, it seems that the cellular network has come a long way fairly quickly.
One thing I did forget to do before leaving the US was getting my iPhone 4 completely setup with my ...
... thirteen in our group. We were accompanied by Christopher Howard, our tour leader, and our bus driver, Santiago. Since it was early Sunday morning, San Jose traffic was light. San Jose is not an attractive city. The streets are dirty and most buildings are old and in disrepair. It was what we had been told to expect. No one was surprised.
With San Jose behind us and Cartago off to the East, we entered the Cordillera de Telamanca mountains heading ...
... frustrated is an obvious understatement!! Thankfully we happened upon a kind, competent airline worker. AND thankfully all our flights from Panama back through to San Jose had been with the same airline. She actually pulled us out of line, canceled our Houston to BR flight and the NOLA to Houston flight, AND put us on a flight to San Jose THAT night. A stoke of luck for us. This took her all of 15 minutes! We gave her big hugs and ran flat out to catch our plane. ...
Costa Rica is not for the faint of heart. The bugs here are huge! This week, our students were in the steam hut down by the springs and saw the shadow of a hairy leg. Nope, it was not mine. They were sharing the steam room with a tarantula! This is all part of the jungle ...