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Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
Trip End Nov 30, 2009

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Sunday, November 1, 2009

it feels like this is one of the first moments ive had to myself in like 3 months. i know thats not the case. ive done a few weekend trips solo, but it feels like it.
I know this is going to sound cheesy, but somedays it's really hard giving myself to these children, when at the end of the day they still dont have loving parents. and I can't change that. 
I got a few letters from family members over the weekend. my dad dropped them off to me. They were so nice and i appreciated everything. Thanks you guys! 
One of my aunts wrote that I'm facing fears right now that most people wont deal with in their entire lives. This experience is wonderful. but it's definitely not easy all the time. I'm not happily strolling around the streets of san ramon 24/7. It's hard emotionally. I miss my friends and family. everyday norms. like a real washer and dryer. A comfortable bed. Not having to worry about bugs. i miss the seasons. going to sleep at night not having to think about what's going to happen to 13 beautiful kids. 
I'm a little confused as to why my family thinks I don't have plans to attend college. I hope there isn't someone feeding them this information. It's very angering. I take half a year off from school and everyone flips out. This is so beneficial to me. I'm even considering going to a college in state, to save money. instead of wanting to go to hawaii or alabama or florida. 
I'm living my dream. I've been to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and soon to be Panama. I've seen, learned, and done so much. Met so many people who I love. All of the random, nice, inviting people who make a town. a place. a country. The locals. Everyone has their story.
Yesterday I picked up cole and dad from the airport. I'm excited they are here! We stayed in San Ramon one night. They got to visit the orphanage. etc etc. 

Monteverde is excellent. Gorgeous here. Monteverde Rustic Lodge is the placer to be. The Tico owner, Jose, is amazing. cutting me local deals. setting up activities. 
tonight we're seeing some frogs. tomorrow zip lining! saturday coffee tour. 
pura vida :)
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