Day 3... 7/11/11

Trip Start Jul 09, 2011
Trip End Aug 06, 2011

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Flag of Costa Rica  , San José,
Monday, July 11, 2011

Hola Todas!!!

Today was our first official day. It started off with a cold shower because apparently I still don't know how to work the shower. The hot water decides whether it wants to work or not. My 2 other roomates Eric and Jimmy took us under their wings today and showed us the ropes. They took us to the bus stop which is 3 blocks from our house. It costs 250 colones (about 25 cents) to take the bus around town. Once we stopped it's another 8 blocks to our school. Good thing I brought my umbrella because it rained all day. It was only like 60 degrees today and it felt wonderful!

Abi and I thought that we were going to have orientation all day. But instead they threw us right into the middle of the intermediate spanish class. There are 2 types of class: intermediate and basic. We started off with grammar and learning the difference between the past and imperfect tenses. It was a great review. We studied for about 3 hours and got a break in between. We ended up playing ping pong and it's getting quite competitive. For lunch, we went to a little restaurant we found randomly. It was sooo cheap! We got a fresh blackberry juice with salad, soup, pasta, and a dessert all for less than $6. (the exchange rate is 500 colones to $1).

We've already adapted to Costa Rican time. Class started at 1 and we arrived at 1:15 and we were still early. This afternoon's class was all about medical spanish. Our topics included el corazon (heart), los pulmones (lungs), y las heces (the feces) and what questions to ask about all of them. I never knew we could talk about different types of poop and how many questions there could be for over an hour and a half! But I'm an expert now about las heces :)

We met students of other programs. There are 8 students from University of Kentucky including our 2 roomates. They are here until next week Friday. There are 2 other students from University of Chicago, and 1 girl from somewhere I don't remember.

After class we all went out to truly experience the Costa Rican culture. We went to El Bar Rio (a local bar) to eat dinner and watch el partido (the game) of Costa Rica vs. Argentina. We lost 3-0 but it was great bonding time. Abi and I were already invited to their weekend trip. We are going to Manual Antionio. Its a beach along the Pacific Cost about 3.5 hrs away. We are renting a bungaloo on the ocean front for less than $30/person per night. We have now planned the rest of our weekend excursions after talking with Yuri (our program coordinator) which includes the beach, white water rafting overnight trip, taking a tropical medicine class, and going to a volcano for the hot springs and zip lining. No puedo esperar a ir (I can't wait to go).

Also, we start clinicals on Weds. Apparently we're skipping the entire week of culture immersion lol and hopefully my Spanish will suffice. I am currently talking with my mamacita (what Anabelle would like to be called). She told me she can tell I'm not nervous because all I do is talk now. I told her I have that problem alot and she laughed at me!

After today I'm feeling a lot more relaxed because a lot of Abi's and my questions were answered. This entry was actually harder to write because I'm starting to think in Spanish and want to write in Spanish and not English. This makes me happy that I'm thinking in Spanish and not English. I can't wait to see how my Spanish progresses as the weeks go on!

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Jenn on

I'm so glad you're having a great time. It's so fun to keep up with your daily adventures. Your weekend excursions sound wonderful! I'm loving all the pictures too!!

Mom on

Your travel blog is so interesting to read....keep up the great stories of your days. Your school looks pretty modern, also. We miss you but glad you are safe and enjoying your time with your new family. Love, Mom

Crystal on

Hey girl, it looks like you are adapting quite well. Your blog is great, I will def. keep up with your adventures as your go along. Stay safe out there and have fun! And p.s. don't worry about your spanish, I am sure its alot better than you think it is. Love ya!

Maria on

Sounds like you girls are making yourselves at home already! I hope you have a great clinical day tomorrow!

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