Time has sped up and each day comes with a thrust of energy and adventure. Unlike back home when even the most optamistic of persons would become downtrodden, here you wake up refreshed and excited. Granted its not a picturesque mode of living, but close enough. Over the past week I have been attending classes, hanging out with my host family and even going on my first outing to the beach this past weekend (el fin de la semana pasada). Ten other girls and myself took a bus to Puerto Viejo which is a laid back town about 4 hours east on the Carribean side of Costa Rica. We left pretty early around 5 a.m. in order to catch the bus, and once we got there we checked ourselves into a chill little hostel called “Rockin J’s” named so because of the option of paying 5 bucks a night for a locker and hammock! It was super laid back and we were yards away from the beach. The weekend progressed nicely with us laying around on the beach the first day and then dancing to a live band at night. The next day we rented bikes (cost about 4 bucks for a day) and biked to another gorgeous beach about 6-7 miles away. Along the way we encountered howler monkeys in midst of what appeared to be mating season, and as cliche as this sounds we got caught in the rain on the way back home. It wasn’t horrible though it was a warm rain and made it even more of an adventure to be riding bike in the rain along the Carribean coast. Really it is such a pleasue to be studying in a unique and open environment such as this, I don’t have to worry about a job, but can focus more on soley learning the language and my studies. My family is the perfect sort of inviting, and I’ve found myself trying new things that I never would of mustered up the energy for back home. For instance I’m taking a belly dancing class, which is so amazing! I also have started yoga and zoomba classes, trying to kick my butt into shape. The other day I set out to find a cool secound hand clothes store and hit gold. I have always been a fan of second hand stores and find you can get the most unique things there, well its even better in a foriegn country and I highly recommend hitting such a place up if ever the opportunity presents itself. Next on the agenda would be finding a second hand record store….this could be a bit more difficult but I’m keeping my fingers crossed. So far so good down here in Costa Rica, the pace and climate (not just the weather but the atmosphere of the people) is very agreeable and almost healthy for lack of a better word. The only bad thing to report was that yesterday I felt completely drained and achy all day and later at night I had a fever, but fortunately my fever broke in the middle of the night and I was able to go about my day at about 80 percent today,, it was a little scary my mind was jumping ahead to visions of me with malaria, hah… Life is very full here and you need a good amount of energy thoughout the day, but the good thing is that that energy is effortless to where you are enjoying doing it and its not so much work but an experience! Much love and pura vida coming from this little lady in Costa Rica!!
A late recap of the previous week..