So I’m beginning my blog with the same attitude that I have toward this trip. I am jumping in head first, with excitement and a bit of nervous anticipation. I currently am sitting in the Phoenix International Airport, awaiting to board my plane to Costa Rica. The whole week leading up to my departure as been a rollercoaster of emotions. I would like to consider myself a fairly independent person, with a burning desire to soak in everything the world has to offer me, but even for me this is a leap.
I arrived in Costa Rica around 7:30 this evening. I will be completely honest, this has been one of the scariest things I have ever done. For the first night everyone was to meet at this hotel for an orientation dinner. Well my flight got in too late for me to attend, plus I might add the hotel that they recommended was priced at around$90-$100 bucks. The hotel is plush, very nice. But the way I figure it I’m in Costa Rica I have a travel guide book and I know I have alot more options. I found a hotel for $65 and they picked me up at the hotel for free. Walking through customs in a foreign country all by yourself looking for a guy with a sign with your name on it is : UNNERVING. But the hotel is owned by a family and the brother that picked me up couldn’t have been nicer, and patient with my horrible spanish! We practiced spanish and he pretended to let me help him with his English…. There is this nice lady here too who is teaching at the university i will be at. she is from the states and gave me her number and showed me where to catch a taxi in the morning..But I am alone cuz the orientation hotel is kinda across town and I felt kinda dumb showing up after they had their opening dinner and no one was left there but I’m not the kinda person who needs any overpriced bonding time for one night. Tom. we leave for Monteverede.. its this school that is like in the backyard of a national park so we have like a week there to get oriented… This is probably the scariest thing i have ever done. The ppl here are really nice, kinda laugh at my horrible spanish but they help too and its dark so I haven’t seen much of the landscape but the city is ..cool, haa it is kinda compact w/ more narrow streets but there is like a taco bell and mcdonalds (yuck) but at the same time there are all these street vendors with fresh fruit and stuff.. well anyway I am goin to shower my nerves are frayed, but im happy to be here. The only thing that worries me is the language, I miss being able to speak fluently but I’m pretty confident I will pick it up fast 🙂