First week in Costa Rica

Trip Start Apr 19, 2007
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Trip End Nov 02, 2007


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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Hello everyone!
      Mo and I have had a great first week in Costa Rica. Although we did have quite a scare the day before we left (we couldn'tīt find our passports) everything else went smoothly and just as planned. We arrived in San Jose in the evening, took a taxi to Hotel Arunjuez which for anyone needing a place to stay in San Jose is a great option. The rooms are very clean and you get a wonderful breakfast in the morning where you sit in a serene backyard garden with birds chirping and fresh squeezed piņa juice. Another plus is that it is only $38 per night. After our lovely stay at the hotel we caught a MUSOC bus to San Isidro del General which is a long, very long 3 hours. But there is beautiful scenery and a few close calls to death. The bus drivers here like to pass other buses and cars and large semis on a road that looks like it is only wide enough for one small car. I just try not to look out the window. We drive over the Cerro De La Muerte which means Hill of Death. You would think this was because of hoe they drive here. But no, it is because 13 people died back in the 1800īs trying to cross over it and they froze to death. So amazingly enough we arrived in San Isidro in one piece. Kit Carson was there to pick us up and we were on our way to our new life in Costa Rica.
      We are currently not in our own place yet. We just havenīt found the right one. Yet again the love of Jehovahīs organization shows through. We are staying with a lovely sister named Rachel who has openly invited us in to stay with her for as long as we need. Her home is truly our home. Yet we donīt want to wear out our welcome so we are urgently looking for an apartment or a house to live in. It is really funny to turn an apartment down because the rent is too high (over $200)
       So since we have arrived here in Costa Rica, we have had a number of power outages. No there usually is no storm going on, just complete black out for no reason. This happened our first night in San Isidro. Of course we were downtown enjoying a lovely dinner when it happened, which made taking the bus home very interesting since the bus driver couldn'tīt even tell where our stop was when he asked him. So we walked a long way. But I have found out that the power outages are political. There is a power company called ICE which is more of a monopoly. Currently there is another power company trying to get its foot in the door. ICE is trying to flex its muscles you might say by having random power outages at the most busiest time of the day. Needless to say once all of this passes through we should have power on a regular basis.
       Now to tell you about the service. The people here as you know are wonderful. We have been working in town lately since the Circuit Overseer and District Overseer are visiting. So everyday we meet for service in a brother or sisters home that is in the territory that we are going to be working. There are usually over 40 people attending and then everyone walks out the door and just starts preaching. It looks disorganized yet they do have actual territories that the brothers seem to know the boundaries of. So you follow their direction and if you start talking at a door for a lengthy period of time (which is every door you go to) then you look for the brother to give you further direction.
      The people here are so responsive. They want to know about the Bible and are so thankful to have a personal Bible study. Yesterday, I worked with a sister and we started 3 Bible studies on one street. You can really see Jehovahīs blessing in the work here.
     I donīt want to bore all of you, but just wanted to update everyone on where we are at. I have many pictures but have needed to download them onto a c.d. so that I can put them on the website. So next blog I will be sure to show you some beautiful scenery of Costa Rica.
Until then Pura Vida!
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alroot
alroot on

What a great adventure!
We appreciate the update and look forward to the idea of visiting Costa Rica ourselves. How nice it is to have it reaffirmed once again how Jehovah blesses the efforts of those who serve him wholeheartedly!

cynthialynn
cynthialynn on

Mo and Katie
I'm trying out your blog....hope this gets to you ok. I'm wading thru all this techno stuff!!! Love you guys. Hope to get some pictures soon. More later. Mom

4jsrace
4jsrace on

Hey little sis!
Hey Katie I loved your blog! Really cool pictures and comments about service 0-that is so encouraging to have 3 studies started on a street - keep learning spanish so you can reap the joy of those - theres nothing more satisfying in life!! Im so proud of you and happy for you and I want to come see you - I don't know about that bus ride though...
Love, Jen

lekker
lekker on

i didn't even know you were going!
hey guys. i can't tell you how weird it is to be reading your blog. a little deja vou (or how ever you spell that) i used the same site for my blog from namibia the last few months. and the stories are so similar! aren't these under developed countries wonderful!! and soooo addictive. i am going back to namibia next year for a year or so, so looking forward to that. i am sure your experiences will tie me over until then and keep me encouraged to keep saving money!! (the only hard part) i absolutely love costa rica and the ministry there is so great; what made you choose it? you brought back great memories, from my trip there years ago! you are right, the people there make the sacrifices so worth it. what you guys are doing is so cool. not only for the people you can help in the field and the brothers and sisters you will encourage, but just for yoursleves too; it is unreal how experiencing the brotherhood and new places this way changes everything you are, and think, and want to do. i'm sure you know that already. have an awesome time. enjoy every second. the most meaningful experiences will be those spent in jehovah's work. i never even took a weekend off to explore or sight see in africa except for the last week, but i wouldn't have it any other way. ay, yo debo escribir todo esto en espanol para la practica, se me olvido, lo siento.... pues, yo creo que es tan bonita que ustedes estan aprendiendo otra idioma porque va a ayudarles tanto en el futuro, en la predicaccion, y las opciones de servicio. nunca saben lo que va a pasar. yo he aprendido que jehova trabaja en maneras extranas a veces.
el asunto de la idioma nueva: ?la humildad de la gente alla lo hace facil, no?
bueno, tengo que irme, pero sigue las buenas obras y que tenga muchas buenas experiencias. hasta luego. elsie

sshimabuku
sshimabuku on

Hi Katie and Mo!
Hey,

I finally got this link to your blog from Hana... Things are fine here, sounds like you two are on quite the adventure. :-) Call me when you get back.

Take care,
Stacia

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