Crazy work week and then off to the beach

Trip Start Aug 21, 2006
Trip End Aug 18, 2007

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Well most of this week was unfortunately spent at home in front of the computer. As many of you know my university is run on a completely different schedule than other schools because most of our classes are given by visiting professors, so we have class for three or four hours every single day for 3 weeks and papers or presentations every week, then a day or two off and another round of class for another few weeks. The foundation class ended Thursday and I had a presentation for that day and a paper due this Monday and another presentation Tuesday, so I've been working hard trying to pull everything together. The exciting activity for this week was Carlos and Viviana's surprise birthday party (both from Columbia) organized by one of my classmates on Monday. It was a great night with lots of music and dancing and going to bed really late, which was absolutely painful Tuesday. We didn't have class on Friday, because it was Independence Day here. The students at the local elementary school march in the street during the day and carry the flag and sing songs, and in the evening the high school marches and there's a local band and they finish in the town's plaza where there was local food being cooked and a dance performance with gorgeous costumes. I'm so lucky to live in the centre of town, it gave me a chance to run to the corner of my street, enjoy the celebrations for a few minutes and then run back home and work on my essay some more.
Late Friday night I finished the essay, which was great, because it allowed me to get up at the crack of dawn Saturday morning and head off to the beach with a bunch of people from school. Quite literally it was the crack of dawn, 5:00 in the morning, I was up before my neighbour, the loudest parrot known to man. The beach at Manuel Antonio was beautiful, and it was really nice to get out of town for a day. We swam in the ocean, but eventually got scared off when the undertow got to be too strong and the lifeguard actually had to go in to rescue someone caught in a riptide. He was ok, but it was a tad scary. That and I saw more monkeys! They were howler monkeys and they screamed and yelled at the top of their lungs and were throwing things at the bus stop where we were waiting to go back to San Jose. It was great to watch them play in the trees (from across the street - those monkeys had pretty good aim!) there were probably about 10 of them!
Hope everyone had a great week, Linz it's great to read you're blog, I'm happy you're having such an amazing journey,
Big hugs,
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