Weekend of the Beach

Trip Start Jun 30, 2006
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Trip End Aug 12, 2006


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Monday, July 17, 2006

To begin with, Friday we had possibly the best activity in the morning that we will probably have throughout the entire month. A sociologist / musician came to ICADS and talked about the origins of Afro-Carribean music. It was an amazing hour and a half lecture on styles, instruments, and history. At the end, he played a couple of songs for us. WE even got to play some instruments and sing, which was a lot of fun. His specialty is calypso. Apparently he is the leader of a 9-piece band in the area that I will hopefully be able to check out. I bought two CDs, one acoustic and the other with the full band. I can't wait to listen to them!

Anyways, more on that later. Our weekend trip this weekend was to Manuel Antonio Beach, which is along the Pacific coast. We had to take the Costa Rican equivalent of Greyhound to get there. It took about 4 hours to get from San Josť to Quepos/Manuel Antonio. We got there, exhausted, at around 10:30pm, so we just decided to crash in the hotel. There were only 8 of us this weekend, compared to the 30+ people that went last weekend. It was much more manageable.

We woke up on Saturday at around 7:30ish, ate a nice pancake breakfast, then headed to the National Park that is home to la Playa Tres (Beach #3), which is supposedly the best beach on the coast, recommended by Denny, our resident ICADS Travel Agent. It was definitely gorgeous. I took a bunch of pictures, including a couple of the sand castle that a few of us built. It was definitely a good time. Just remember, everyone, that when applying sun screen, apply it to the entire body that will be exposed to the sun's rays. I must have missed my right side, because it's all burnt now! Oh well.

We relaxed there until about 2:00pm, then we went back to the area of the hotel. At that time, I started to look around the market that was across the street from our hotel. They had a lot of different venders all selling the same types of things. I ended up buying a nice blanket that I could use when I go to Ravinia. It's kind of small, and would work for 2 or 3 people, but it's still nice. Later that night, we went to the beach to check out the sunset. It was gorgeous, as are most sunsets. I should have pictures up here soon.

Sunday, we woke up, walked around, ate lunch, then headed for the bus. The bus was overbooked, so I ended up offering my seat to an older gentleman. I stood up the whole time, for about 4.5 hours. It wasn't that bad, actually. I met these two guys from Florida and this girl from Costa Rica that were really nice and fun to talk to.

Now I'm back and ready to start another week of classes. I wonder who my new teacher will be. We'll find out. Until next time...

°Hasta Luego!
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