Yo estoy aquí, ¿dónde estás?

Matt R Clevenger

Yo estoy aquí, ¿dónde estás?

I just graduated college and am exploring the world before I jump into the next phase of my life. I just visited the Middle East and will be going to Costa Rica for 10 week in the Fall of 2010

North America » United States » Texas » Dallas November 27th 2010

I'm posting from the Dallas Airport, an hour away from boarding my flight back to Seattle. It has been a fun 11+ weeks and I can't believe it is all over! It flew by and while I'm excited to get home and spend time with friends and family I hope to take another trip like this in the future! My Spanish improved greatly, but I'm not fluent yet, and I still hope to be someday. Perhaps next time I can find a job and live somewhere for 6 months - 1 year, Spain, Argentina, who knows. Anyways thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing everyone soon!... read more

Made it back alive from Bocas Del Toro. When I have some time this week I will try to write a good entry and get some of the pictures up. I have a phone interview for a job in Gig Harbor on Wednesday, wish me luck! Home in two weeks. Bitter-sweet. I miss family and friends but I have met so many new people and had such a good time here! One more week of classes and then the family arrives to Potrero on Friday morning! ... read more
Que lindo

Having some problems uploading the pictures so I only have about half of them up so far. Enjoy. This past Wednesday I awoke before the sunrise to begin my mini-vacation to Bocas Del Toro, Panama. I was instructed to be at the airport in Tamarindo at 6:30 AM which required a 6 AM taxi and $30 of my precious dollars. I arrived at the airport and waited for an hour and a half until the plane arrived. The plane was small, it fit about 18 people if I counted correctly. The trip was two legs. A 45 minute ride to San José, where I had to wait for 2 hours before the 50 minute flight to Bocas Del Toro. The flights went well, although it took me a few minutes to get used to riding in ... read more

Tomorrow I head off to Panama for a quick 5 day trip. I'm very excited but sad to be leaving the beautiful weather that has finally arrived in Costa Rica. It is 80+ and clear all day now, what a life. I have been able to surf a bit more and work on my tan. I won't be recognizable when I get home, with my long hair and brown skin. Hope everyone is doing well wherever you are reading from! Look forward to some great pictures of Bocas Del Toro!... read more

The rain stopped, and the sun came back, for the time being. I was able to sleep in and have a leisurely morning before going surfing in Tamarindo in the afternoon. I arrived home, with good timing on the buses, around 4:30 and was able to go to the beach to watch the sunset. Clouds were advancing quite rapidly so I didn’t get great pictures but it was nice to finally get my camera some use around Potrero. I’m sad to report that my favorite bar in all of Costa Rica, Sharky’s in Tamarindo, burnt down on Thursday. I was shocked and disappointed to discover this today when I went to check some college football scores. I guess I will have to stream games online or look for a new bar around here. As much as ... read more

Trapped in Potrero! The weather over the past few days has been horrendous to say the least. They are blaming it on the hurricane that hit Haiti, but I think there is more to it. We have had nonstop rain for over 4 days and many parts of the country are suffering tremendously. Luckily for me, Potrero is just boring, not under water. In Quepos, where I was two weeks ago, the roads are underwater and the hospital is inaccessible and running out of clean water. The small town of Parrita (where my teacher from Quepos lives) has suffered horrible flooding and most of the town has been underwater for two days now. I hope everything will be alright. Closer to San Jose, a small mountain pueblo was destroyed in a landslide. 40 are dead and ... read more
The baby!
view from the front porch
My mama Tica, Erika

Lots of new pictures, I hope you like them! Tengo que escribir en español porque no lo hice por mucho tiempo. La semana pasada ha sido muy interesante y lleno de emoción y actividades. Llegué en Flamingo cerca de una de la tarde el domingo pero estaba temprano y tenía que esperar por una hora hasta que viniera mi familia. Estoy 5 kilómetros de la escuela y cada mañana necesito tomar el bus a las siete. Clases terminan a las doce y luego tengo tiempo para surfear el internet o relajarme. Hay un bus para regresar a Potrero a dos y media o a las cuatro y media. Si no tomo el bus, tengo que pagar $7 para un taxi, es caro. Marte fui a Tamarindo para surfear con tres chicas de la escuela, y tenía ... read more
Malpais beach
Sun Reflection

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Puntarenas » Quepos October 23rd 2010

Pura Vida, the pure life. Pura vida is the national saying/phrase/expression whatever you want to call it, of Costa Rica. And I have experienced it more here in Quepos/Manuel Antonio than anywhere else I have been so far. In my mind it is kind of like a “hang loose braw” surfer call, or a “keep it real man.” Except it has way more meaning than that. People will just throw it into the middle of a sentence, or it will be a sentence in itself. Last night I used it as we left the restaurant, after saying thanks to the waiter. It is also a way of life, and while I felt it in Tamarindo, I didn’t feel it much in Monteverde or San José, but I feel it a lot here. The people are more ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Puntarenas » Quepos October 16th 2010

What a week it has been, and I haven’t even made it to the national park yet, the namesake of the region. I arrived last Sunday and after a small mix-up (interbus was an hour and a half late delivering me to my destination, after arriving an hour early to Monteverde this was very surprising) I was with my host family. I can only try to explain the living situation; however I’m not so sure that I know exactly what is going on. The house is deceivingly spacious. From the front it looks just like an ordinary one-level house, with a few rooms and a small enclosed porch. Once inside, the maze of a floor plan sleeps 6 plus has room for 3 exchange students at a time. Sadly I am the only student currently occupying ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Puntarenas » Quepos October 11th 2010

Not sure what to make of my new situation. I will be taking classes in the afternoon as it is better suited to my level of Spanish. They tired to stick me in a class where I would be learning the past for the 3rd time, I was quick to squash that. Quepos is much more touristy than I expected, but it is also full of locals so I think it will be all right. I really like my family so far so that is good. I have internet at the school so all is not lost. However I don' know how often I will want to lug my laptop to school and back, especially if I go to the beach before class:) since I have until 1 PM every day to get to school. Below ... read more

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