So that's why they call it 'Homestay'...

Trip Start Dec 10, 2011
Trip End Sep 29, 2012

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of San Jose,
Thursday, January 12, 2012

... because I am so comfortable I don't want to leave. I want to stay in my homestay!

Before my trip back in England in the exciting planning stage, I really was not sure about staying in a homestay only because I am very used to my personal space after living on my own for some years now however I knew that at the same time it would be a great way to gain insights about the local culture and immerse myself in the language and country so I went for it. Best. thing. I .did. so. far. The bad syntax is here for emphasis :)

It really feels like a home from home, so much so I wanted to stay here and not go travel around Costa Rica, but of course after one week in the capital San Jose, I am going to leave to explore more and will be leaving my homestay this Saturday morning. I have had a lovely time with my host family Carlos and Maria and I hope to see them again and of course, my 'roomie' Charlotte on my return when I have to leave from San Jose to Venezuela.

All of my meals are included, breakfast, lunch (I get a packed lunch to take away to my Spanish lessons) and dinner (Costa Rican food and cooking is going to be featured in a later post dedicated to it). I also can ask my host family mum Maria to do my laundry and pay a small amount to her directly, this is apparently much better than taking to the laundry place and of course more convenient.

Their home is modest, with three bedrooms packing in up to four foreign students like me who may be here volunteering or learning Spanish, it also has a small garden.   Security is important here in San Jose, and everything is locked I have a set of keys and open and lock every day the outside gate to the entrance to the car garage before entering into another locked door to the main house.  The amenities are very good, hot shower, clean flushing toilet the only difference here in Costa Rica is you have to dispose of the toilet paper used into the bin and not the toilet, as the water system would not cope with it. Electricity with a two pin flat plug, if you have an adapter it may not always fit comfortably.  Internet is everywhere here in Costa Rica, I have access to wifi in my homestay family house. The shower has to have a little mention here. Working perfectly and with hot water there is a certain 'know-how' to it working like this. First if you want to have hot water you have to turn the shower only a little, it works with only some pressure, if you turn it and then there's more pressure you get a cold shower. Next thing to know about the shower, and according to my roomie all the showers, they work but do not touch! You can see this in my picture, they heat the water directly as it passes through the wires, the wires leading to the shower head are taped together. My roomie gave me the advice not to touch after getting a small electric shock when she tried to re-position it, glad I did not have to learn that the hard way.

If you are thinking to homestay, or not to homestay... I would absolutely recommend staying with a local family if you travel, I think I may be doing this a lot during my travels as I felt like I was 'home'.
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