Day 1, Costa Rica: La Guacima > Let's get started

Trip Start May 31, 2010
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Trip End Aug 26, 2010


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Sandra & Juan's home

Flag of Costa Rica  , Alajuela,
Monday, May 31, 2010

Hola!

I am finally here in Costa Rica after many months of imagining and projecting this final big part of my break ;-) To discover a part of the world completely unknown to me: Latin America.

I will be staying in a village near Alajuela called La Guacima during one month for a complete Spanish immersion.

The first steps are to get familiar with my new environment and day to day life here:

My School – El Rancho de Espanol: Thanks to Google and my Lucky Stars, the school is perfect: Great location with threes and flowers around the classrooms and a swimming pool, no more than 4 students per class, very dedicated professors and fun dance and cooking classes to discover the local culture.

My host family – Sandra & Juan: Sweet people who I couldn't talk a word with the first couple of days but we were still able to communicate, understand each other and even laugh together: That’s the magic of human relationships!

La Guacima and the neighborhood: On my way to school, it is common to come across cows, chickens and horses. It is really green and surrounded by small mountains. It heavily rains almost every afternoon but the temperature is nice (not too hot and not cold).

Food: Food is very healthy. There are plenty of fruits and vegetables at each meal. The most famous dish is called Gallo Pinto: it is a mix of rice and beans.

My day to day routine: I wake very early in the morning because I go walking with Sandra almost every morning for an hour between 5.30 & 6 am and Sandra enjoys doing the sun salutation with me after our long walk. My Spanish classes start at 8 am and last for 4 hours. I walk back home after the class to have lunch with my family and return to school in the afternoon to attend my cooking or dance classes. I usually have dinner with my family around 7 pm and start doing my homework at 9 pm and then go to bed around 10 pm. So...No way to be stressed after such a day!
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