First impressions

Trip Start Feb 24, 2009
Trip End Aug 2009

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Alonsos Family

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of San Jose,
Sunday, March 1, 2009

after a long journey Anja and I did eventually arrive in San José. Entering a country we didnīt know, hoping that a nice person would pick us up, whom we didnīt know, everything turned out the best it could. Alsonso, whom we found via hosptitality club, awaited us.  From then on everything went great. We lived for the following 3 days in his parents house. This was better than any hotel. As the family is peruan, we got to know a lot about their culture and stuff, as well as they were the sweetest ever- preparing each morning a smashing breakfast with smoothies, fruit, scrambled egg, costa rican coffee and many many more. We really fell in love with them. They drove us around the city and helped us with language problems... Well, the language... that quite is a thing :D
After the father realized Anja speaks quite good Spanish, they had long discussions... and once in a while he was shooting a word into my direction, like: "Aileen: Jamon".... so I sat there like... all right... "Jamon" will remeber that ... :) No, it really is difficult for me understanding sth and expressing myself, but Iīl get over it.
Our "orientation days" in San José were more or less a waste of time. It was nice seeing the capital, but actually we donīt really like it, as itīs just crowded, the traffic is a disaster and there donīt exist such things as bus plans... cause everybody knows where to go... good for them :P
No, we really are so happy that we donīt study in San Pedro, as the rest of the 30 exchange students does. Here in Liberia itīs just Anja, me and Maren, a norwegen girl. Which is good in the way that weīll really be forced to speak Spanish....
After we arrived Friday afternoon, we took a cute hostel and yesterday we found a flat. Today we moved in... which feels just awesome, to have a place where all our stuff is, and not needing to repack again and again. Our flat- the 3 of us will live together in a 1-room-flat, which sounds horrible, but actually it isnīt bad at all. You just canīt compare casas in Costa Rica with the ones in Germany. By now we donīt have a bed or anything, but Albaro will organise some matrazes today and then weīll get started buying some other basic stuff. Albaro is a Tico ( a Costa Rican native), such as the rest of the family who lives in our house. Thatīs the thing that was really important for us, to have Spanish speakers around us. We can use their kitchen as well, as we donīt have a fridge :) and the coolest thing of the flat is the terrace.. which is on the roof of the house with a couch and everything... itīll be just so cool to hang out there. Thatīs the first thing weīll do today!!!
Chilling is just so important before uni starts. Because we meet with a girl who showed us the campus and explained us a lot about everything. And she told us the uni here is so different to anything we know from Germany. We are supposed to write many essays, to have test like every other week and to get a lot of homework... Weīll see how thisīll go with just 2 or 3 phrases of Spanish in my mind ...
All in all, Costa Rica is so differnet to anything I saw before... there donīt exist street names ( itīs more like descriptions: the white house, at the small street, in front of the palm, 200 m southwest of the palacio), they eat rice, with beans and other stuff for breakfast and the moscito-bites grow like crazy ( hope weīll get over that soon ;). But we do love it so badly. Last night we went to a Reagge-Festival close to Coco Beach, which was just so great. At the beging there were some problems with bullets, thatīs why the police came and then they of course didnīt have the appropriate permission.... but in the end we could enter, as the police is all the time present, but actually not really acting... good to know :)
It was just so great... listening to that great music, under the stary sky with all the crazy cool people... Costa Ricans are so heplful and nice- you just canīt imagine. The only problem that brings, is that nobody wants to leave you without a way-description, thatīs why they always tell you to go to the left and right etc., when you ask them for the way, even if they donīt know it. So the first rule: always ask at least 3 people for the way!!! :D
All right, now weīre gonna explore the supermarket with all the exotic fruits and then weīll chill out in our new home. Tomorrow will be our first beach day- so letīs see how thisīll turn out to be!

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