USA v. Costa Rica...AND PICTURES

Trip Start May 31, 2009
Trip End Jul 24, 2009

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I'll keep this entry short because it will mostly be pictures.  Today was interesting...I talked to the head of the home stay stuff at Cosi, Monserat, and she said that they'll switch me.  I found out that I'll be able to move on Sunday and the house isn't too far from the school---3 or 4 blocks which is closer than mine is now; and then the family has 3 kids about my age and another student; not from MSU but a student that goes to Cosi and is staying until August.  It sounds great and I'm really excited.  Monserat told me we'll tell Gloria, on Friday, that I want to move in with a friend and I'm lonely without anyone near by me.  Hopefully everything will go alright, but I'm really excited about that.

After classes, I had dance lessons.  I learned to Merengue (just the basics, of course) and it was a lot of fun.  The instructor turned it into a work out class so it was a great deal.  Afterwards, our group split and half of us dropped our stuff off at our houses and then met back up and I'm not sure what the other half did - probably went out to San Jose and this was a bad night to do that.  It was the USA v. Costa Rica soccer match - a qualifier for the World Cup.  the US and Costa Rica are big rivals and the US is apparently pretty good this year but doesn't win when in Costa Rica so it was a big deal to the Costa Ricans.  Everyone was wearing red and blue for them and the whole area was decorated.  I wore blue to the game and apparently that wasn't the best idea because everyone would see us and yell COSTA RICA!!!  because the US wears white and blue so I looked even ore like a gringo.  oh well. We first walked to this one bar/restaurant but every table was reserved so we went to another and it was the same situation and then we cut across super crazy highways - so many cars! - but we made it to another bar and there was one table left and we had great seats.  It was a bit pricy but the bar was packed and everyone was in red and cheering for Costa Rica...except us; we kept quiet because Costa Rica won, 3-0 and everyone knew we were from the States.  It was fun though; lots of fun.  Then we walked back, I finished my homework and uploaded some pics!

Random facts about things here:  It's very difficult to get used to throwing toilet paper out in a waste basket opposed to the toilet.  Also, the movie theaters and many channels here have english programs (or movies) with spanish subtitles...its surprisingly helpful to learning Spanish.  Also...there is a VIP movie theater here that is supposed to only cost the price of a normal movie theater at home so my friensd and I want to try it out one night because they're supposed to be like the ones at home. Also, what I'm learning in class is that the US and Costa Rican health care systems are quite different...Costa Rica actually beats the US, statistically and can insure more or less 90% of its population opposed to the US.  We've been learning a lot about the health care system structures and the components - it's really interesting.
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