It’s been quite a long, yet extremely enjoyable (almost) two weeks here in Costa Rica. Touring everywhere: Liberia, Heredia, La Universidad Nacional, and San Jose, is such an amazing time, but I’m starting to get tired! Everyone here gets up when the sun rises and goes to sleep around 9-10, unless we go out to a casino or something. For me, it’s getting a little difficult. I LOVE SLEEP! 🙂 I just have to remember…
“You only live once.” #yolo
I moved into my new/permanent home in Heredia on Sunday. I now live with Amalia (my mom), Roberto (my father), and Marian (my sister) who was 9 months pregnant when I moved in! She just gave birth today to a beautiful baby boy named Mathias, so I am now a new Aunt for the next couple of months! It’s so exciting! The family is wonderful, and their home is beautiful. I am within a fifteen minute walk to school, two blocks away from the sports plaza, a quick bus ride from the mall and BOWLING ALLEY :), and a ten minute walk from stores and Heredia Centro. It is such a beautiful city in a valley surrounded by a TON of mountains.
For now, I’m trying to enjoy as much of this experience as I possibly can, and prepare myself for school starting next week. The process of “matriculating,” a.k.a. choosing classes, is extremely different here. I had to pick five classes that I wanted to take, and then make another an entire other schedule in case those classes fill up or I am not allowed to take them because of prerequisites that I do not have. Because of this, I am not going to know what classes I am taking until three days before classes start (which is slightly stressful.) This is all a part of the culture! I am just trying to soak it all up!
We’ve already made some “tico” friends here who have been showing us around for the past couple of days, and today while at lunch we met another group of girls from the states who are studying at UNA through a program called ISA.
I am learning so much in such a short amount of time about the culture of these people, my Spanish is getting better, and I’m already so much more appreciative of the things I have at home that I take for granted (like hot running water,) and I have only been here for a short amount of time. I cannot imagine how much information and wonderful experiences I am going to ingest within the next five month period.
I’ll keep you guys posted! Until next time!