Blogs from San José, San José, Costa Rica, Central America Caribbean - page 24


Days 4 and 5 Lazy Sunday, wake up in the late afternoon, Go downtown just to see how it’s doin; Hola San Jose; what up JB? Not much, nice Guanacaste Tree. But my hunger pains are stickin like duct tape, Go to the panaderia to mack on some cupcakes! No doubt that place has got all the bomb crema, I love that ice cream like Mikey digs Elena. Two, no, six, no twelve, ay Dios Mira! I told ya I’m crazy like that ol’ Pura Vida. Ate at a Chinese restaurant where they speak Spanish, Gotta eat well or else I’ll be famished. Tru dat, Double true. Gotta pack my lunch up, the deli’s underpriced, Gonna pack it up and pack it up nice. Don’t want Mami to get suspicious, Gallo Pinto & Lime = Crazy ... read more
Iglesia de Tibas
Que Tuanis!

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. Yesterday I did not have class, but I came to work anyway so I could prepare for my class today and I had dinner plans with my friend. We went to a so called Mexican place, and it was really good, but not at all what I wanted. I ordered a chicken quesadilla. It was a different kind of flour tortilla, not hard, but not exactly soft, sort of the texture of a sopapilla. The chicken inside was good, it was in a cream sauce, rather than a tomato and chile sauce. And on top was pico de gailo. It was good, but it did not satisfy my craving for Tex-Mex food. After that I went out with another teacher, Emnet, she is Swedish, and I rode ... read more

Ok, so on the way to town today for more orientation stuffs, we passed a McDonalds. Here, they have a burger called the “McNifico”; in Spanish, ‘magnifico’ means magnificent. Yes. That’s the the McNificent burger for only $900 colones. Get it while it lasts. First experience of a Costa Rican storm today, but more on this later sometime. The real event of the day - the Costa Rican National Team vs Suriname. Where the hell is Surinam you ask? In South America between French Guinea and something else. Northeastern area. Yea, I didn’t know either - someone else had told me Africa. Why can't you locate Suriname? Well, because there aren’t enough maps in the world and people can’t read maps…um South Africa, Iraq, we should help them. If I lost you, you have to see ... read more
La Sele

Ok, so the food here is crazy freaking good. Like, your tongue makes the rest of your body feel bad. I don't even know what I'm eating, but its always amazing. It looks like it could be mystery meat from your old grade school cafeteria lunchlady, but it tastes like it just came straight from the cow... or something like that. I had the realization riding the bus today that this place really is a 3rd world coun.... er... developing nation. The paradise part of things is really the people and the nature (that is outside of San Jose). More on this later. I had orientation with ULACIT (Latin American Institute of Science and Technology) and ISA (International Studies Abroad) and there are 21 girls and 5 guys. It was like freshman year orientation all over ... read more
ISA girls at Pueblo

Day 1 I flew into Houston around 3pm and immediately realized Houston is terrible. Seriously, the airport is absolutely atrocious. Think of the most basic airport you can think of; then imagine there was a nuclear fallout. That’s Houston. Not to mention the only thing in the Fox Sports Bar (which was the ONLY redeeming grace that kept me sane for 3+ hours) was Houston Rockets memorabilia from the early days (like the 90’s). I figured I would try the chili, I mean, I was in Texas... supposedly. It was alright. So, on my plane was this 73 year old Chinese lady who was nicer than your grandmother, but maybe that’s because she couldn’t understand a word of English or Spanish. They gave us customs and immigration papers to fill out and she asked me to ... read more
My traveling companion


Hello everyone, happy Thursday. I really don't have too much new going on right now. I woke up a little late so that was stressful this morning, but I still got here on time. I graded the test that I gave on Tuesday evening, so I will give that back to the students tonight and then I have to give an oral test, where I check their pronunciation. Well, sorry this is so short, I don't have too much new to say, but I thought I'd just check in! Hugs to everyone.... read more

Hi everyone. I've had two more classes, and they seem to be going well, both of them had a test and the one I had this morning, when we were done with the test, we went over some expressions. They really liked Break a leg, thought that was a really funny way to say good luck, I tried to explain where it comes from, but it just sounds so stupid!! They also liked Cup of Joe, I wasn't sure where that came from, but it was interesting to me how curious they were. I'm still at work, they have computers that I can use, and my awesome dad is sending me his old laptop, which I am very excited about. I bought my laptop with my credit card, and I have a security feature on it, ... read more

Hola everyone! Hope you are all doing well. Well I now have 2 classes under my belt. The one I did yesterday went fine, the students were really nice, and participated and asked questions that I was able to answer. When my class was over at 8, I found out that I had another one this morning at 7, so I did not have much time to prepare, but I think it went ok. The schedule can change from what you think you are teaching, so it is good to know before you leave. My next class is at 6 tonight. Everyone has been really helpful!!! Sabrina gave away 2 puppies yesterday, I hope they are doing well. Talk to you guys later.... read more

My experience with Costa Rica is amazing so far. The weather is super hot, and it rained and cooled it down a little tonight. I was a little hesistant on the way here, but it quickly faded when I met Jess (ironically with the same name), a spanish major on her 4th visit to Costa to teach english in San Jose. When we landed, the taxis were unbelievably aggressive, but I enventually found my shuttle, Francisco the driver. He was smoking a ciguar with the hostel sign tucked out of view under his arm, on a cell phone, and was no where near the phones (normal pickup at the airport). He refused to speak to me in english the 1/2 hour driver here, which I didnt mind at all! Eso mi proxima vece hablar español con ... read more

Hello all, sorry for the recent lapse in blogging, for those of you who don´t know, I got myself into a little bit of trouble, I was alone at a bus stop in the dark and I got mugged. Don´t worry, nothing happened to me, he didn´t hurt me, just took my laptop and my cell phone. So everything´s fine now, I´m at work getting ready for my 1st class. The weekend was fine, I didn´t do too much. I went with my roommates to see Hell Boy at the movie theaters. It was fun, we got to sit in the VIP area, where it was so comfortable I almost fell asleep. One of the teachers that I was in training with for the past two weeks decided not to show up for his first class ... read more

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