Trip Start Jun 23, 2008
17Trip End Aug 10, 2008
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On Monday a group of us went to the Mall of San Pedro to get manicures and pedicures. To get a manicure here its 8$ and around 16 for a pedicure. So we got our nails done and wandered around the mall for a little bit. The strange thing about the mall of San Pedro is there are random stores that make no sense. They aren't chain stores like here, and alot of stores don't have prices on their clothes, which is odd. Also, on Monday night Brittanys boyfriend, Corey, arrived at 12pm. On Tuesday after class a group of us went to Terramall to buy movie tickets for Batman in the VIP theatre. Which is a good thing that we did because if we hadn't we wouldnt have been able to get tickets, because wednesday is 2 for 1 and they sell out fast. On Wednesday my class had to go to the central market for a scavenger hunt type activity where we had to talk to the locals that worked there to find out different things about Costa Rican culture. Brittany and I split off from the group so we didn't look so touristy and so that we could have more opportunities to practice spanish. First we had to go the floral section. Where there were atleast 10 vendors selling all different types of flowers. There were typical flowers like roses, gerber daiseys and lillies to tropical flowers like birds of paradise and hibiscus. There we had to ask the what the names are of different flowers and what is the most popular flower. Honestly the lady wasn't very nice but we ended up buying two huge dasies. Next we had to find out about natural herbs/flower remedies for illnesses. The first guy we talked to ended up telling us he didn't have time, but the next guy was extremely helpful. We had to ask the names of six different herbs/flowers and then find out more information on one. He ended up telling us about all six, there were flowers for inflamation of the legs and feet, to ones that would clean your blood and help to lower blood pressure, and ones that were supposed to act like viagra. The one we asked him about was called manazania and we first thought he was telling us it would help digestive problems but turns out its for helping menstural pains. We told him that we were going to buy some of it, but he ended up giving it to us for free. He probably thought we were pmsing and felt sorry for us. Next we had to find out about the ugliest doll ever, the niguenta. Its supposed to be a symbol of good luck. Its a doll of a little girl setting in some grass without clothes. There is a number thirteen on the grass and a horseshoe, both are supposed to give her good luck. She is also looking inbetween her toes, for bugs. Im not really sure why its good luck but it is. Next we had to find out about Costa Rican folklore, which honestly are really strange. The first was El Cadejo, which was to warn drunken villagers. There was a son who drank alot and would come home drunk almost everynight. His mom tried to be more strict with him and he ended up hitting her. So she put a curse on him, which turned him into a black dog with red eyes that would carry chains. So at night supposedly you will see a black dog and white dog. The black dog is supposed to represent the bad and the white dog is good. And you weren't supposed to stray from the right path. The next was "La Segua" is another legend directed towards drunk and unfaithful men. She was a beautiful apparition of a woman, of porcelain-white skin,
large black eyes and long, black hair. She asks the unsuspecting
traveler, who is often drunk, for a ride on his horse, saying that she
needs to see her ill mother. The rider lifts her up unto the saddle and
pretty soon, he turns around to see the gorgeous woman turn into a
hideous creature with the face of a horse's skull, burning red eyes,
and large teeth. Women like to tell their boyfriends and husbands so that they won't be unfaithful. The last was "La Llorona" "La llorona" is one of the most popular legends directed towards women. There was a woman who lived by the river. She fell in love with a man but he had to go off, and they were supposed to marry when he returned. However, whenever he was gone there was another man who fell in love with her. She gave into him and became pregnant. When she had the baby,
she went crazy, and screaming "va a venir" (he's going to come- her
fiance) she ran to the river and threw the baby into the river. People
wandering near rivers sometimes hear the woman crying and trying to find her baby. We also had to ask random questions about food and slangs. After class Brittany and I met Corey downtown at the Gold Museum to play tourists for the afternoon. We wandered around downtown taking pictures of the cows in the cow parade. The cow parade has 150 cows that are intriclately decorated, from stripper cows to cows with maps and other stuff. Its like the lions in Munich, and they are only here until August 2nd. Next we went to wander around the market while it rained. The people that work there really need to work on their marketing skills, because they are like vultures and dont leave you alone. Men are always like I give you good deal, for someone is pretty. After that we went to the national museum, which was an old fort on a hill. It has alot information on the history of costa rica. Honestly the museums aren't that great, however it had good views of the city. Later that night we went to see Batman: Caballero de la Noche. Luckily it was in english with spanish subtitles. Heath Ledger did such an amazing job at the roll, and now I understand why he died.
Today has been kind of boring and I ended up sleeping most of the afternoon. And now we are having a movie night. And tomorrow we are leaving for Puerto Viejo in the morning. Hopefully it won't rain the whole time