So that's why they call it 'Homestay'...
Trip Start Dec 10, 2011
60Trip End Sep 29, 2012
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.
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'.