Dance class on Monday was a riot! I was partners with Jacob and instead of "dancing" we kind of stomped around the room running into people and swinging our arms obnoxiously to the music. Jacob also dipped me several times. I had to wrap my leg around him while he moved my arched body in a full circle! It was kind of scary and he kept saying, "Just let go and trust me!" I did my best but it still felt like I was doing it wrong. After dance some of us walked a few blocks over to the indoor stadium to play a friendly game of soccer with the rest of the USAC students. I played for about 10 minutes and then opted to leave because I am so horrible!
That night I felt my first earthquake. I was sitting at my desk on my computer when all of a sudden EVERYTHING started shaking! It only lasted maybe 30 seconds in all, if that. I got so scared though because I was on the second floor and I was afraid the house was going to collapse! I heard Genesis start crying, and Pirdi came upstairs to check on us and see if we were okay. We all went downstairs to watch the news. Pirdi told me its called a temblor
, because it was not serious. If it had been a major earthquake, where buildings crash down, it would be called a terremoto
. Pirdi, Cusu and my mom thought it was funny that this was the first earthquake I've ever felt.
I don't have an alarm clock here; I've been relying on both my internal clock and the noise from the kids getting ready to wake me up. Both of these failed me yesterday morning as I slept in until 7:53 and was supposed to be at school by 8! So I got off to a rough start but it was such a nice day out that it was hard to stay upset. I met up with Jacob, KC, Lindsey, Sarah and Tracy after school at the beach. We stayed out for a few hours, tanning and swimming in the ocean. It's hard to believe that just a few hours later there was a terrential downpour in Puntarenas! But lucklily it cleared up in time for dance class. We danced Cumbia for most of the class which is a lot of jumping around and it's very exhausting. After dance I ran home quick to eat a delicious dinner of rice, beans, and the to-die-for chicken I have had once before. My mom also made me another oatmeal, milk, and sugar drink. YUM!! I made sure to tell her about 3 times last night how much I liked the dinner and shake, hoping she would take the hint and make it again soon! Then I rushed back to school for the USAC movie night upstairs.
We watched Momma's Boy in English with Spanish subtitles. The funniest part of the whole movie was listening to Dan laugh histerically. The only reason I laughed was because of Dan! But I think one time was enough for me with that movie.
Last night I fell asleep fast and hard at about 10:30, and did not wake again until I dreamed that my alarm clock on my watch was going off. I got out of bed only to realize that instead of being 7:10 like I thought, it was only 5:30. So I decided to start my day early by going for a run on the beach. It felt so good! I ran from my house to the ferry, down to the pier and back. I am so glad I decided to get up and run instead of sleep in because I was able to appreciate the natural beauty of Puntarenas before everyone was out and about for the day. It was also nice to get some excercise in to make up for all the guacamole I ate at the movie last night!