Life in Costa Rica

Trip Start Nov 05, 2005
Trip End Jan 04, 2006

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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

To get to school every day, I have a 20 minute walk with some really good hills, so the glutes and calves are working hard! I walk more here in one day than I did in probably 2 or 3 weeks in Calgary. Iīm at school from 8am to noon and then have lunch at the school and check emails etc.

Today I noticed alot of soapy lather in the river that I cross every day. Also noticed that from every house, there are pipes draining on to the street. When they say "donīt drink the water", I listen. I have to buy water every few days but who cares. Itīs cheap... barato! A 6 litre jug costs 854 colones or $2.06 Cdn. A pack of Clorets costs 27 cents Cdn and a tin of Pringles costs $2.06 or 854 colones. Yes, I broke down the other day and bought Pringles (My Habitat friends will laugh at this one).

At the gym today (yes, I went to the gym!! Why not? I live here!), there was a notice for a house for sale in this neighborhood. It had 2 large bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an office, a patio and definitely security bars :) and the listed price was $60,000 US. It didnīt say the square footage, but the picture looked really nice. Thatīs cheap!!! Heck, the gym only costs 1000 colones per day or $2.40 Cdn.

Iīm starting to get used to all the dogs that continously bark, every day. At first, I was thinking about a "special puppy chow" to feed them all but it doesnīt bother me as much as it used to. Now, I have to get used to the "bombs" in the neighborhood. The kids here get a kick out of setting off little bombs... bigger than firecrackers but smaller than a real BOMB. Scared the crap out of me the first time I heard it but Pablo explained to me that itīs very common leading up to Christmas. Very strange tradition!

Some things that I never leave home without here in Costa Rica:
1. my English - Spanish dictionary, which is getting quite tattered.
2. my calculator - cuz I can't divide by 414 that easily on my own!
3. my iPod - nothing like a little Colin James to help me get up these hills!
4. good walking shoes cuz Iīm walking everywhere!
5. my map of Costa Rica so I can plan my next weekend!
6. bugspray and sunscreen on the weekends!!

The umbrella now stays at home. Theyīre saying that it looks like the rainy season is done and dry season is here! Yaayy -- I only had rain one day last week. I can sure handle this!

I know I should be practicing my reading in Spanish and I do... but today, I couldnīt resist and bought an English magazine. It was Oprah, if you must know. I just needed to read something other than my school stuff which is Little Red Riding Hood en Espaņol!!! And it took me a few minutes to figure out that it was this story!! Or my assignments on "mi casa" my house. That gets a bit boring after awhile.

Hard to believe Iīve been on the road for 26 days already! And Iīm quite liking this īnew gigī. Life is pretty good or as the Costa Ricans (or Ticos) say, PURA VIDA! It can be translated to Life is great! or Pure Living! Life here in Costa Rica really is Pura Vida!

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