Cows, Frogs, Snakes, Butterflies...

Trip Start Mar 20, 2009
Trip End Jun 03, 2009

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Thursday, April 23, 2009

As usual, the last couple weeks have been busy!
At school it has been especially busy as I have now done multiple blade design lessons with the grade 5, 6, and 8s. Each time it improves and it is interesting to attempt the same lesson with different ages. We have begun the Superarte Workshops at both my school and the public high school and the students seem to really be enjoying it. Earth Day was yesterday so there were many activities happening at the school. I helped the grade nines play my favourite camp game, Nature Stratego, with the grade 3s and 4s. In the afternoon various classes shared songs and words of wisdom with the rest of the school before we all participated in a school-wide garbage clean-up with prizes for those grades that picked up the most. Still need to work on my curriculum...but I feel that is project for next week.
Not much is new at the home stay, although there are three new pets! The first one was discovered when Sofia and I were walking home from the bus stop. We were almost there, and in front of us on the driveway was a baby calf and her mama. Sofia threw rocks at the mom to scare her away so we could get by but just as we were passing the baby it made a yelping sound (if cow's can yelp?)  and the mama came a runnin'! We ran home as quickly as we could. The other new pets are two paraqueets named Chuck and Lolly.
Las Thursday we all decided to go out to Unicornio's, the local biker bar as Lindsey's and Ashley's families invited them to join them. Little did we know that Lindsey's Tico dad was actually the keyboardist in the band that was playing! Turns out he used to be in some famous Costa Rican band that even toured in the States. Pretty awesome! We attempted to dance and were probably great entertainment for everyone else there. I don't think I'll ever be able to dance like Ticos. As usual I needed a place to stay after (my house is far) so I slept at Lindsey's. It's been a great experience seeing what everyone else's home stays are like.
Last weekend we decided to stay in Monteverde. After school on Friday we all went to a Professional Development session on bubbles. Fun! After, hanging out at the school for a bit the majority of us met up at Tramonti's for what we've been told is the best pizza in town (only pizza I've had but I really liked it)! From there we headed to Moon Shiva to watch the grade 6 teacher play a short gig. He was joined for a few songs by our professor Don from the U of W on the mandolin. They were great! I was over-lactosed so I went home afterwards.
Saturday was a very busy day. I managed to get a ride early with my Tico dad to town so I waited at the bakery for the others. We then headed to the Farmer's Market, went on the internet and had a quick lunch at Taco Taco. The ladies and I (minus Annie) then headed to the Ranario (Frog Pond) and Butterfly Garden. We saw a ton of wicked frogs and butterflies and learnt so much from our guide. I then met up with Annie, Curtis, and Matt at the Serpentario where we checked out many snakes and lizards. A guide there let us hold a couple snakes and an iguana and even let us get into the tank of 5 boa constrictors! Both activities were free since we're volunteers, a wonderful bonus!
After that we headed to the Cerro Plano Rodeo!! What fun! I ate huge chunks of delicious meat, cotton candy, and churros. Plus, enjoyed the carefree atmosphere of the fair. After heading back to the Ranario to see what the frogs were like at night, it was back to the rodeo to catch a bit of the bull riding. Unfortunately, we missed most of it. Then, on the way home a giant sloth crossed the street in front of my cab!
Sunday we headed to Britt's Tica sister's 10th birthday party-complete with tag, soccer, piņatas, cake and ice cream. That evening I went to my cooperating teacher's house for dinner. First time that's happened (plus the first time my prof and faculty advisor has come to my cooperating teacher's house with me!).
Yesterday, all of my U of W friends came over to my house after school to get a tour of my farm. Now, they all understand how far away I really live AND how hectic and crazy it can be there! It was fun and Annie got to sleep over.
This weekend a few of us are heading to Volan Arenal. My goal: to see lava!!
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katie_h on

Oh my...
You are definitely going to have to explain this getting into a tank with five boa constrictors thing more when you get back. Yikes!

You have got to be the most fearless person I know. And not just because you would get into a tank with five boa constrictors. I admire your bravery on all fronts.

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