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2010-11-14 Santa Teresa and Guanacaste

Hello again!!

It has been quite an eventful past few weeks full of field trips, presentations, and tests. Six students from our group decided to head to Santa Teresa in Guanacaste for the weekend to take a break from it all and celebrate Halloween. We had the opportunity to take the ferry across the Golf of Nicoya. The scenery was absolutely stunning. The water was aqua blue and there were little islands spread throughout the ocean with white sand beaches surrounded by luscious greenery. After the ferry, we took another bus for about 2 or 3 hours until we finally made it to Santa Teresa.

Santa Teresa is a small, quaint, beach town with waves attracting surfers from all over the world. We stayed in an awesome hostel called Tranquilo Backpackers which offered friendly staff, visitors and plenty of hammocks to relax in after a day at the hot beach. Speaking of which, the climate in Santa Teresa was very hot and very dry. We had a rough time adjusting since San Ramón is quite a bit cooler. It didn't stop us from getting our skin nice and sun kissed. :)

One student in our group, Anna, had her family visiting and we all got to meet them. It was nice seeing them and I know she really enjoyed spending time with them. She spent the weekend at Monteverde again and was able to do the canopy zip-line tour (since we no long can do it on the field trip to Monteverde) and LOVED it. Seeing her family made me a little bit homesick for my family, but at the same time, I'm not ready to go home yet.

Halloween is not widely celebrated in Costa Rica, but there were kids our age who dressed up and went out dancing. We definitely saw some creative wizards, teletubbies, soccer players, a lady bug, gypsies, and an Indian.

Off to get ready for class tomorrow!

Lily Ratliff, Biology major, Costa Rica Fall 2010, class of 2012

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