First week and part of the second

Trip Start Jun 23, 2008
Trip End Aug 10, 2008

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Casa Floribeth

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

So it has been over a week since I have made a blog entry and a lot has happened. First of all San Jose is not safe. We can't walk around at night, so we have to take taxis EVERYWHERE and sometimes they refuse to turn on the MARIA and will rip you off. But we have noticed if you talk to them and try to be friendly they will give you a better deal. Also no one in Costa Rica can drive worth crap. They dont care about the stop lights, lanes or anything. Last week I rode home from a bar with Tuto, and I thought I was in a death truck. He didn't stop at one red light, just honked adn went through. Also, EVERYONE thinks its wniter here, its ike in the 70s and people are wearing boots, sweaters, and wintery clothes. Crazy ticos. Skinny jeans are also the fad right now, EVERYONE has them, even boys.
Last week classes were easy so we went out at night. Wednesday a small group of us went to the Cenoplois in the Tierramall. Wednesday is the best day to go because it is 2 for 1, so you pay 5$ each. Which sounds like alot, but we went to the VIP theatre to see Kung Foo Panda in Spanish. The theatre was AMAZING, everyone had their own lazy boy recliner and there were servers to bring you drinks and food and you could even have beer if you wanted. We also did alot of wandering around downtown last week going to the Central Market several times and going to various malls. Also, Last Thursday was a lot of fun too. First we went to this really posh bar close to our house. It was a small group, mainly just some of the girls from the house and the Ticos we have befriended. And I must say the Costa Rican guys that we are hanging out with come from some of the most wealthy families of the country. Anyways after the bar we went to this place called Castros. It is a 3 story bar that has karaoki, meringue and salsa dancing and another random floor. It was interesting to see all of us triyng to dance, mainly because the boys were so good and we pretty much sucked. But we atleast tried. Last Friday Emily and I left for Tamarindo, which is a beach in the north west of CR. It took almost 5 hours to get there by bus, and we were so tired when we got there we just ate at Pizza Hut and went to bed. We decided to stay in a hotel instead of a hostel because the hotel was fairly cheap and we didn't want to have todeal with other people. On Saturday we got up early and went to the beach, were we literally layed out all day. The beach wasn't as pretty as the one in Manuel Antonio but there was more room to lay out and you didn't have to worry about the tide as much. also this beach was a little more dangerous because there were tons of surfers and most were just learning. We saw a guy have his head about taken off by a surf board and had to go to the hospital for stitches. That night we went out to a resturant on the 4th floor of a building overlooking the sunset. Tamarindo has one of the most breath taking sunsets I have ever seen. On Sunday we got up early again to go to the beach and do a little bit of souvenir shopping before we had to leave at 230. The ride home took almost 7 hours, I thought we were never going to make it. Because alot of people are on vacations now so there were tons of cars coming back from the beach.
On monday night we went to this bar called Cartel. Which was rediculously big and looked like a small town inside. They had live music and three different bars. It was fun until the police came in and mased someone and then it felt impossible to breathe so I ended up leaving shortly there after.
Tuesday was Tutos birthday so a big group of us went to ride go carts. Which is WAY different than in the US. First, its not for kids, just adults. There is a bar upstairs where you can drink while you are waiting. We had to wait almost 2 hours to ride, so alot of people were a little drunk when we finally got to go. Which was really funny because everyone kept crashing. Also, the go carts go fast and you aren't buckled in but you have on a helmet.
Last night i ended up not going out but working on my presentation for Friday and I had Ivan (from Colombia) to proof read what I had written. And today I have been working all afternoon but I think we are goingto go shopping in a little bit.
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