Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
That was the motto for our weekend at Puerto Viejo. We left school at 1:45 on Friday, and the trip should have taken around 5 hours. It started to rain and driving so fast on those mountain jungle roads got pretty scary. Then, we stopped in traffic. It turned out to be a wreck, and we did not move half a mile for 3 hours. I think it could have been a very frustrating thing, but everyone on the bus seemed really cool, and we just played games and talked. Once we finally got there, we walked around a bit then went to bed. The next morning it was still raining, and NOONE brought an umbrella. So everyone was just walking around getting drenched. Some of the group went to a native “bribri” lady’s house. She makes chocolate the way her ancestors did, and gave us a tour and showing of how she does it. It was so interesting and soooooo different from how I thought it was done. For instance, her chocolate was made from cocao. It is pretty much an orange fruit, and the seends, once they are fermented, dried, roasted, crushed, and mixed with sugar, become the chocolate. She never used any coco??? It was a great little experience within itself.
We drove back to the beach, and it FINALLY stopped raining. We were a bit turned off though, because it was still so grey and cold out. We put our bathing suits on, but only walked on the beach. People were selling coconuts to drink, but we went and found our own that some people had told us about. They were softer than usual, and you could bang them together, and drink the “milk”. Zack and I tried coconut milk before and it was pretty bad, but this kind was a bit better. I guess people just feel cool drinking out of coconuts.
We got dressed, met up with some more friends then all went out to eat. I had heard that Puerto Viejo had great food, and we surely found it! It was a great little restaurant, and we all had a great time together. Next we went to the Crepeire, where we had the BEST crepes. I got a nutella, banana, and ice cream one. They were a bit expensive, but I think everyone would be quite proud of me. I mad an effort not to be my thrifty self on this trip, and I think I have done a pretty good job so far. I buy 800 colones crepes, around $4,and feel okay after and not guilty! But they were definitely worth it! A couple of us walked on the beach for a while, then turned in around 11. At around 11:15 we had a knock on our door. Our friend asked us if we had seen a girl, because no one could find her at the bar. She had been drinking, and kind of vanished. She asked us to go help look for her, which consisted of us walking in our pajamas to the reggae bar, and immediently finding her. She had gone to the bathroom….. We ran into the other guys who we had been hanging out with earlier at the bar. Both surprised to see eachother, they had walked a girl over to the bar because she was looking for her friends too. Barachos….
Finally, we woke up to Sun!!!!!! We got dressed and ate breakfast at this place that had crème filled corssants! Amazing!! You would have loved them Zack, they were all flaky. About 25 of us went to another beach on the bus. It was the craziest beach I had ever been to. There were all red flags, and one yellow flag, where we could swim. Their flags are very different though. They are about 4.5 feet tall, and spaced out about every 30 yards. The one yellow flag was where the 2 life guards were, and all of the swimmers and surfers. The waveds were HUGE and the current was so strong! Most of just waded in the shallow part and watched the surfers. I have never got to see that up close, and it was definetly entertaining. These people were legit!!!!! A couple of our students kept on getting in the way of one of the best surfers out there. It was kind of embarrassing, but really funny to watch it play out from the beach. The good guy would be coming in their direction, and they would just dive underwater. Meanwhile, the good surfer wold stand on his board shaking his fists and slowly roll of in order to not hit them. The first time, he actually ran over this guy Joey, and Joey got a scolding. Joey apologized to him later, and said he was cool. Then not long after, the same exact thing happened with another guy. Those gringos....
Perto Viejo was so interesting though. It was a very Caribbean culture, and the people spoke with a Caribbean accent, only in Spanish. Obviously, there was tons of people selling pot at night. Veritas warned us about it before hand, but everyone already knew. When were were all walking together and they would offer it to us we had some different stratagies. One guy kept on saying “No fumamos” we don’t smoke. Our other friend Joey, responded differently though. His mom told him to say “Tengo el creepi” which means I have creepi, which is supposedly the best weed down there??? We did not know what he was doing at first, and once he told us it was funny to see their reaction. Most of them would go," oh, wow…" and just nod and walk away. I guess his mom did know what she was talking about afterall.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
soooo... to start the day off, we had Spanish presentations. Mind you, ours was around 15 slides, probably 10-15 minutes. Our class went to the projector room, then my group was going last. Right when we were about to start, another teacher with about, oh 25 Tico staudents walk into our class. HE insisted that it was his time for the room, maybe they over booked it, but our teacher said that we needed it for 1 more presentation. Instead of going outside, he told his students to sit down. THIS MEANS, we had to give our presentation in Spanish in front of ALL OF THE STUDENTS. We were so nervous and worried! I tried to lighten the mood by saying in spanish, we are very very sorry for our Spanish, do not laugh at us too much, and there was not a giggle or chuckle in the room. About three slides into the presentation, I remembered that we took a picture of me wearing a chief's headdress and the title was "Cacique Kelsey" (Chief Kelsey), as if we were not enough embarrassed.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
After that we met up with our new friend Ben, from Alabama, and we all went to the beach at night. We had a great time together, and it was nice to get to know everyone better. He had a game in which he asked us our favorite color, animal, and favorite thing about creation. So here is the verdict: green because it is natural, which is how I see myself, my favorite animal was a dolphin because they are intelligent and can do cool tricks, which is what I look for in a spouse (I knew Zack had me when he started his cool tricks, like backflips and Christmas dances, and we all know how smart he is!) and my favorite thing about creation is a sunset, because they are all unique everyday and this is how I view God. I guess that is cool, like everyday is something new for me from God, just like a sunset.
We woke up, had breakfast, then headed to the beach. After much diliberation, we used some surfboards of some other girls and gave it a shot. Hope had done it once, so gave me a little lesson, then we headed out. I was so surprised how much easier it was than I thought it would be. The first time I tried to stand up, I did it! It was so much fun, and eventually there were about 15 girls who all came out and tried it. Obviously, we all did not master the turn yet and just made sure that no one was in front of us before we started. I went on one wave, then Hope was coming on the next one. Amazingly, she turned, but in the wrong direction and was coming straight to me. I tried to move, but her board went over my ankel cord, leading to me being dragged about 30 feet by her and her board. It was shallow, so not dangerous or anything, but supplied us with so much laughter. It was such a fun day at the beach hanging out with all of the girls.
For dinner, about 10 of us went to a restaurant on the beach. We got free coco loco drinks, which was sweet coconut milk and cinnamon, and was AMAZING (Zack, you would have Loved it)!!! After that, I had my first ceviche. It was not as abrasive as I thought it would be, and quite good. I do not know if I will be going out for it every night, but I have been wanting to try it for a long time. After, we all walked on the beach and started to make a bonfire. This also took a LONG time, because it consisted of throwing leaves on the fire, until some wood finally caught flame. It was a great time getting to know everyone though. We all headed back to the hotel, and sat by the pool to talk and play games.
I feel like the weekend was such a good time to get to know everyone and bond. Now I feel like a big group of friends, rather than just students at the same school. I talked to so many Christians too, and we all felt so thankful that we were able to meet each other. We all said that we had been praying to meet good friends, and feel so blessed to have met each one of them!
After the 6 hour drive home, everyone was exhausted. I came home, ate a HUGE meal, SKYPED, then hit the bed. It was such a long weekend, but such a great way to start off my trip!
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
What a day!! We woke up to another huge meal by Cecilia, then headed to school. Once there, we spent hours getting registered. I am glad that I came with the knowledge of how things can sometimes be slow, because I think it made me enter the situation differently. It definitely took a long time and could have been executed better, but like they said in orientation we come from a mono-cronic society in which speed is the best way. Changing my expectations definitely helped and I tried to meet and talk to as many people as possible. There are definitely more students than I had expected and way more girls than boys??
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Leaving my parents and Denver at the airport this morning made my trip seem a bit more real, but I still do not think that it has hit me yet. We took off from LC at 6:53 and landed at 7:21, a whopping 28 minute flight. I arrived in Houston with enough time to call home, charge my computer, and board the plane. The plane ride went so well, and going through customs was an absolute breeze. After I found my group, more students started to arrive. And it just so happens that the first 2 girls that I met were Christians. This was followed by The biggest and most vivid rainbow that I have ever seen! San José is so beautiful and I am excited to see more of the city.