Life y Limón

Trip Start Aug 30, 2005
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Trip End Dec 18, 2005


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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Saludos familia y amigos buenos!! How are the states? Everything in order up there? I have been watching the news a LOT here. My mom likes to watch CNN(sometimes in English, most of the time in Spanish) I know about all the huricane stuff. I even watched live with you the plane that had the emergency landing at LAX. There are some CRAZY things going on. I hope you're all doing your part to help those that have lost so much in these recent storms.
Life here gets more interesting everyday. I realize that you don't know anything about the family I'm living with or my daily life. I'll tell ya now! :) I have a Tican mom and sister. My mom is a sower of sorts. I'm not sure I understand what she does, but she makes some part of a purse. My sister is a student and plays violin in the National Orchestra for Costa Rica. Cool huh? She has been gone for a while on a tour to Japan. She comes back Sunday!!! FINALLY! It has been a little lonely with just the mom. But we have a good time.
My daily schedule may seem a little bit lighter than at school, but there are DEFINATELY good reasons for the schedule. For the last three weeks I've had "charlas" (talks, presentations) in the morning three times a weeks at LASP. That is the name for this program (Latin American Studies Program) These talks are often a prof from Brea college in KY. But have also been native people from Costa Rica. Earlier this week we had a charla at the US Embassy. VERY COOL! We get to hear from some REALLY important "big wigs." Everyday in the afternoon we go to another school-type thing (ILE)for intensive Spanish lessons. We only have a week left of that(thank the Lord). We have two, hour and a half classes. One is grammar and the other conversation. I'm so happy it's almost over. Then, we are on our own for español!! To give you an idea what our talks are about, we just took a midseminar review. The questions delt with Colonialism, Neocolonialism, Neo-liberal Globalization, Socialism, Capitalism and Liberation Theology. I'm going to suggest to you now to start looking up some of these terms. You will hear about them when I get back. Just to give you the heads up. We are becoming world citizens here. I really have a hard time digesting how IGNORANT we are as North Americans. Many of you probably have NO IDEA what CAFTA is. If you do, AWESOME!! I didn't really know much about it before I left, but it's SO real here. The people on the street are talking about it. We've seen demonstrations about it. Anyway, I really encourage you to start looking into some of this stuff, because it REALLY will be coming out of my mouth when I get back! :)
The pictures I'm posting are from Costa Rica's Independence Day was last week. It was a very interesting experience. Also, last weekend we took a trip to Limón. Limón is a province in CR. It is made up of predominatly black society. We learned a lot of things about the history of the country. On the way there, we stopped at coffee and banana plantations. Limón is known to be a very poor part of the country. We had to write a paper on our experience and do interviews about poverty. We had to do three there and three in San José. That proved to be interesting. Some people were very aware of poverty, but others seemed to deny it. How similar to the US. I think many times we deny the fact that there is poverty on our doorstep. How sad that it takes something like Hurican Katrina to expose it. We are heading for Nicaragua in a little over a week. I have a feeling I will have a LOT more to say about poverty when I get back from there.
Well this is getting pretty long. I'm sorry! Thanks for reading, if you've made it this far! :) God bless you all and as all Ticans say ALL THE TIME...PURA VIDA!!!!
Love-
Briana
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kassew
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Great Pictures!
WOW! Are you sure you are there to study? It looks like you are having some fun times too. The pictures are so pretty and it is good to see your beautiful smiling face all the way from Costa Rica. I know what CAFTA is ...aren't you proud? But you will have to help me out with Pura Vida? Love ya...MOM

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