Costa Rica: Day 2

Before I begin, I must state that I do not know how to use a spanish keyboard and the symbols are in different places than an American style Keyboard. So my blogs will be missing some apostrophes. ALSO, Costa Rica is in the Central Standard Time so there are no awkward time changes.

Ok! so today I woke up at 6:30am. Took a COLD shower and unpacked. My tica mother made breakfast for me and my roommate. Our breakfast included watermelon, pineapple, strawberries and papaya. The papaya had an interesting taste. We also had eggs with cheese, bread with butter and squeezed juice and coffee. The fruit was SO fresh. My mother walked with us to school. School was about 10 minutes away. I got to school and then I took my placement exam (I think I bombed it) then had a long orientation meeting. Our resident director/coordinator took all the students in the AIFS program to Pizza Hut. The Pizza Hut here is so UPSCALE. I wish I would have taken a picture. Now its 4:45pm and Im waiting on my placement exam results.

6:54pm I found out my placement; I’m in Spanish 202 which I consider to be the equivalent to Spanish 302 in the states. During the 4:45 and 6:54 time span I went to the store. At first we got lost but one of the guys we were with was determined to find his way so he kept asking for directions until we eventually reached the store. At first i wasn’t going to get anything because I didn’t have colones yet but they converted the US dollars for me. Now I’m back on campus waiting to go home and eat dinner with my family. It feels so great to have internet.

9:27 I HAVE INTERNET IN MY HOUSE!!!  It is so difficult trying to talk to any older women about modern-day technology ESPECIALLY in another language but dinner was good. The food is different but I’m enjoying it. tonight we had beans and rice, some burrito type food, salad (cole slaw) and fresh pineapple juice. One the way home I got lost and all the streets looked alike. Then when I did find my way home I didn’t know how to open the door with the keys. No one bothered to tell me that the “Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey” system is opposite here in Costa Rica. 

*Fun Fact: They have a KFC here, its called pollo frito* 


My mama tica has a husband named Jorge and today at dinner he gave me a history lesson about him and his family. I was so proud of myself for understanding. Thats all I can think of that will spill out of my head now. More for tomorrow! the first day of classes. Wish me luck!
Buenas Noche

– The Natural Travelista
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