Pura Vida! The Linfield Costa Rica group has been in San Ramón, Costa Rica four weeks already (we arrived on September 27)! We have all learned so much about the Costa Rican culture within this short amount of time: food, festivities and, unfortunately, about the natural disasters that take place here.
We started out our first week with orientation, which included a tour of the city, and a couple small classes, which taught the group about Costa Rican culture and provided a jump-start on the country’s history. Additionally, our first weekend here, we attended Día de Los Santos where we watched a parade of saints arrive at the church in the center of San Ramón. And during a concert at the festival, a couple classmates and I got our first dance lessons from local Ticos!
Within the first two weeks we have gone dancing and to the beach, and we got two opportunities to swim at the bottom of waterfalls! We also started class on the Monday of our second week. Plus, we got to experience a semi-mild earthquake during class! It was surprising, fun and scary all at the same time.
We also took our first field trip to a wildlife reserve called ‘La Reserva de Alberto Genes’ this last weekend. Here, our ecology professor took us on a hike to a beautiful waterfall, taught us about insects, animals and nature in Costa Rica. Our professor scared some of us with insect stories about scorpions in our beds, and the different diseases one can get from various kinds of insects. It was hard for some of us to sleep that night. Even though the insects and animals scared some of us, we all had a great time bonding, learning and having fun!
Then this last weekend we all traveled to the central valley of Costa Rica, where we went to many historical sites such as old church ruins, The National Museum, and The National Theater. All these places held a lot of history of the country.
We have around three more months left in Costa Rica filled with fun, fieldtrips, classes, and so much more! Some of my classmates did the math, and we are about 1/5 of the way done with our semester abroad, and ¼ of the way done with classes here. Time flies!
Lastly, I have to say I have a wonderful host family, and so do a lot of my peers from the group. We are all well taken care of, and we eat A LOT of rice, black beans (for breakfast, lunch and dinner) and fruit, and we drink tons of juice and coffee.
Our first few weeks here have been adjustment time for many of us as well. But we are all fortunate to have this opportunity and are taking advantage of it! I am excited to see what else is in store!
¡ Hasta Luego!