few tidbits on the lot.

Trip Start Jul 12, 2006
Trip End Aug 2007

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Sunday, August 6, 2006

The last few weeks have been SO busy! I've been learning a lot: bus routes, currency exchange, what should cost what, where to shop, where NOT to shop, what places have the cheapest internet, the art of ignoring cat-calls, and so much more. The kids have been a great help with my Spanish...they have no problem, whatsoever, with correcting me! I'm catching on to phrases that are grammatically incorrect, or simply not real words-and I have started correcting THEM! The progress is painfully slow, yet steady.
I've seen some huge bugs around the apartment. There was a moth that was hanging around for a few days...I kept feeling like it was staring at me. Due to the small bird-like size of it, we nicknamed it "Broth", the bird-moth...once the sun goes down, we have quite a bit of time on our hands. There are huge cockroaches, tiny cockroaches, and medium size just to round things out. They have to be thrown outside when they are killed, not put into the trash, flushed, or put down the drain. There are a few varieties of ants that frequent the kitchen; teeny tiny ones that will infest themselves if they can, and a larger, honey colored ant that moves pretty slowly until you try and smush it. Oh, there are also these nasty giant flying ants...but they don't show up quite as much. I've made peace with spiders, for the most part. Any non-floor dwelling spider may live. The ones that run fast are goners, for sure, but I'm okay with those that eat mosquitoes and small cockroaches. Geckos are cool, too, because they eat a bunch of bugs. They also have a friendly chirp!
Most "class days" we have lunch at Marci's house. Marci has three kids, but only one of them attends the program. Julio (16) is hardly ever around, Victor (5) comes pretty regularly, and Stefani (almost 2) isn't quite old enough. At the moment there is a family renting out one of the rooms; a VERY pregnant mom with two little kids, Juana and Santiago. I'm not really sure what their story is, but I'm sure I'll eventually find out. I digress...back to the lunches... Marci is an amazing cook, and I'm learning a lot from her. She has taught me a lot, even thus far, in regards to cooking on a budget, with limited ingredients and utensils. Rice and beans are eaten at every meal, and can actually be cooked in quite the variety of ways!
We picked up Elizabeth's dad at the airport Thursday night; he is here for a week, to visit and help Elizabeth pack up. He was completely laden down with stuff for the classroom, which means there are now two empty bags to fill up for the return trip. Elizabeth and her dad are going to Arenál on Monday, so I will be alone in the classroom for a few days. They leave for the States on Thursday, which means Friday I will officially be on my own...mixed feelings on that one; I'm excited, but Elizabeth has been such a fun roommate!
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