Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
We got to our resort, which is in the middle of nowhere. It is a lot of pastures and hills and then later mountains. It is the most gorgeous place I have seen in Costa Rica.
When we arrived, I headed down the road to check it out. Very worth while, and it is great to be in the country. Went on top of a hill during sunset to check it out. There are some hills below that look like the flint hills. We could also see the Pacific from the hill.
Tomorrow we are going to ride a horse to a mud bath and then do a canopy tour and zip-lines in the afternoon. Saturday morning we will do a water slide through the rain forest down the mountain.
Will update again Saturday when I get home. Internet here is very, very expensive.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
-Banana split for $1.25
-Boat ride on the Pacific Ocean
-Catching a MACKERAL fish during said boat ride. We were the only boat of four that was a fishing boat, and I happened to be sitting in the back when the fish struck the line. They told me to real it in, and I did. I have been wanting to fish on the Pacific, and I finally got to! I will post a picture with my catch next week! (Definate highlight of my day!)
-Seeing whales during said boat ride (also a first)!
-Boat ride took us to a private beach with beautiful sand. There was also many hermit crabs all over the beach. How cool! We had hermit crab races. Some of us wandered down the beach to a more rocky area and looked at sea urchins, small fish, and of course more hermit crabs.
-While writing this blog I felt another earthquake. Definately the strongest I have felt yet...I really don´t like these things. Ugh.
Pictures of the most beautiful and amazing day yet to come next week!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Highlights from Day 2
-Had a boat ride this morning around a bunch of islands in the lake made when it exploded hundreds of years ago. The volcano, a couple of kilometers away, blew off the top 800 meters (half a mile) of the mountain, and the lava rock is what makes the islands.
-Proceeded to Masaya, Nicaragua to visit a market and do a little shopping.
-Had an awesome lunch that would have been much more expensive in the US. Everything is cheap here, as Nicaragua is the 2nd poorest country in the Western Hemisphere...only beating Haiti. Very sad...tired of being asked by children to give them money or buy something.
-Headed to a volcano, but couldn´t stay long because of the fumes (don´t worry, it is common). Evidently it blew about 6 years ago, and you could still see the lava flow. When it did, tourist were up top and had to hide under the bus. For this reason, all vehicles must park facing the exit.
-Heading to dinner tonight. Will move camps tomorrow.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Dry Season looks like north Texas in August
Took a horse buggy ride around Granada, Nicaragua...would have been fun if the nags hadn´t been so pitiful looking.
The buildings are very colonial looking...dating back to the 1500´s. One of the first part of the America´s touched by the Spaniards.
Hopefully more to come later!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Today, Dad and I got up and changed hotels. Afterwards, we made our way to Heredia where my university is. We toured the university, the park, and afterwards headed to the 'feria de agricultores,' or farmer's market. This is something that takes place every Saturday morning. All of the farmers from a wide range come to sell their fruits and vegetables. I was amazed at how many people were there. There were four rows of vendors for a quarter mile.
Next, we headed to the market, which basically has everything that is at the farmer's market, but under a roof. Then we found the bus to Barva where I live. First, we stopped at a place to get an ice cream treat for Dad, and lunch for me. We wandered to my house next, hoping to see my host mom, but she wasn't there. We left, and then realized that I forgot my passport to check into the hotel, so we came back. When we got back, my mom had returned, both her daughters and grandson, so we got to visit with them shortly.
Look for a few pictures tomorrow since I don't have my computer with me right now in the hotel.
Hasta manana y pura vida,
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
"Scones" Not the scones we are used to eating. These are small biscuits that are absolutely delicious! If you have ever been to Red Lobster and had their biscuits, these are very similar and extremely tasty!
"Alfajores" Basically, these are two sugar cookies held together by carmel, with a little carmel pasted on the side. Then, you role the cookie in coconut shavings so the coconut sticks to the carmel. Delicious!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Thinking back on the last four weeks, I do not realize how much I have learned and how quickly I have adjusted to a new culture. I was reminded Monday of how far I have come when I saw a couple American students get on the bus for their first day at school in Costa Rica. They looked a bit overwhelmed, and it was then that I realized it had not been very long ago since I was in their shoes.
I have improved my Spanish tremendously in four weeks, although I still have an extremely long way to go. I am at the stage now where I can get my point across with people I don't know, but they still look at me strange (there may be more than one reason for that, I know).
I am excited to see where the next 13 weeks take me, but more excited for the true reward at the end of this experience: to see all of you at home in the United States.