Heredia Life again
Trip Start Jan 25, 2009
9Trip End Jun 2009
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Culture and Globalization
Social Construction of Masculinity
Social Construction of Daily Life (gender studies class as well)
Social Movements and Development in Costa Rica
All of the teachers are very friendly with us foreign students and so are the students. I think the students are especially friendly because 3 of the classes are freshman classes. And freshman are very friendly because they want to make friends by 2nd and 3rd year, everyone is more set in their friendships. But in general, the students have been very patient with my spanish.
In two of my classes the professors are always pushing gringos to speak in the class. And the word they use for us in spanish translates to "north americans," which is interesting because they have a word in Spanish for people from the US, it is "estadounidense." Professors are certainly more lax here. Students walk out and come back with food, which they then eat. And they also answer their cell phones in class and then walk out of class to talk on their cell phones. Also, classes are very small around 25-30 students in each class.
One interesting thing I have noticed here in Costa Rica. I've certainly seen a lot of babies and small children. But one thing I haven't really seen is baby strollers. I have seen maybe like 3 strollers since I've gotten here. Most of the time I just see people holding their children in their arms with a blanket over them. I have a feeling its because a lot of people use public transportation and bringing a stroller onto the bus would be a pain.
I went to the mall the other day. But its pretty much the same type of mall that you can see in States. And the prices are maybe $10 cheaper at most. Not cheap enough to make me go on a shopping spree though.
The other day I went to a movie rental place near my house. The first thing that surprised me was that I saw the movie "Taken" on DVD. For those who don't know, that movie came out in THEATERS just like a month ago in the US. The second thing that surprised me was the realization that ALL the movies were pirated, hahaha. They'd all clearly been downloaded from the computer. But I've rented 2 movies from there and they're both good quality, lol.