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2009-09-29 Independance Day, Central Valley and more

Now that we have all gotten more accustomed to living here in San Ramon, time is starting to fly by. I cant believe that it is almost October already! We have had some great escapades in the last two weeks. A few weekends ago, we made our first trip to the beach as a group, to Jaco beach. It was quite the adventure to make travel plans and figure out the public bus system. When we got to Jaco, water was absolutely dumping out of the sky, and the streets were completely flooded. We ate at a restaurant with our feet in an inch of water.. good memories :) Luckily, the next day was gorgeous. We rented some surfboards, enjoyed the warm tropical ocean, and learned the hard way how intense the sun can be when you are close to the equator. We got to experience the Independence Day celebrations of Costa Rica a few weeks ago. We participated in a parade called Desfile de Faroles," and we also got to observe their Independence parade where students of all ages were dancing, playing instruments, carrying flags, and twirling batons. It was so great to be able to see the pride that Costa Ricans have for their country and to see how their Independence Day celebrations differ from the celebrations in the United States. One of the aspects that I appreciate the most about the festivals here in San Ramon is that the whole town celebrates together, instead of different groups of families and friends celebrating separately. There is a sense of unity. This last weekend we had an education fieldtrip (gira) with our history professor. We went to San Jose (the capital), Cartago, Orosi, Ujarras, Sarchi, and Volcan Irazu. These are all places that are important to the history of Costa Rica, and we have been learning about them for the past few weeks in class. I cant tell you how awesome it is to be able to experience first-hand what I am learning in class. This is definitely the most interesting history class that I have ever taken. This gira made me so excited for all the giras to come. Im looking forward to everything we are going to learn about this amazing country. Until next time, Emily

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