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Trip Start Jun 12, 2006
Trip End Jul 01, 2007

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Saturday, September 9, 2006

Well Ive been in San Jose all week learning salsa will my dance teacher Doris. Most days Ive been having private dancing lessons so Ive improved quickly and Doris even commented on how quickly I was picking up the steps. The biggest problem for me was learning to take the lead, my timing is actually quite good and It doesnt take me long to pick up a new turn or step. For taking the lead sometimes I feel like Im being too forceful but I slowly improved in pushing, twisting and pulling Doris around the dance floor.

The real test will be when I ask a random girl to dance and as you can imagine this can be quite intimidating especially when others have been dancing for years. Currently I have been practicing with other gringos who know a lot less than me and also make me look good. So Im off to Miami tomorrow and maybe Ill hit a salsa club.

So for the last week I have been staying at a place called Hostel Pangea near the center of San Jose. The city is a lot smaller than I expected and it only takes 10 mins to talk into Avenue Central and the main attractions. The hostel is OK, but doesn't have a great atmosphere, so I would recommend it anyone.

On Monday I travelled to a nearby town Alujulia, I think thats how to spell it, to meet up with Natalie who I had met in La Fortuna. I did feel a little out of place as a new group of i-to-i volunteers were meeting up, but i fitted in and we all when to a local club. Yesterday I meet up with the group and at a villa in La Fortuna (again) which was lots of fun and of course included a couple of beverages! The volcano was more visible last night and little cloud was surrounding its peak, therefore you could see lava flowing down its cone, while I swigged on a beer in the villas pool.

While not dancing, I spent Thursday with East Londoner(sorry not Essex) Hannah one of the volunteers from i to i, we walked around the city checking out the theatre, which is really impressive. We also hit the local student bars in San Pedro, where I was learning to dance and a dance hall which looked like a Latino version of Pheonix nights.

On Wedsnesday I went to a jazz club with some guys from the hostel, again into San Pedro to meet up with kjersti and her Norweigen friends. I met kjersti in San Cristobel and we travelled in the large group down to Antigua in Guatemala. She is currently at uni studying Spanish, so it was great to see a friendly face, not to sure about the rock band though!

That leads me back to today, after 5 hours back from La Fortuna Im just getting my stuff ready for the flight tomorrow to Miami and onto Ecaudor next week.
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