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Published: October 6th 2012
Hola! Well, after about three weeks it’s time to say adios to La Selva Biological Station. Time went be really fast here. And in spite of being here for such a long time, I feel like I didn’t get to explore enough. Maybe that’s because it’s the second largest field station in the world. Or maybe it’s because we had a lot of school work to do here – it may have monopolized our time more than I realized. If I got the chance I would definitely come back here. Apparently, yesterday, a regular researcher here saw a mountain lion! She was conducting her research really early in the morning like 4:30, when she came across it on one of the trails. She was by herself and it was dark – yikes! She had to walk all the way back to the station backwards, because you never want to have a cat behind you. It took her 2 hours! Also, a couple tourists saw a mother and baby ocelot on one of the trails yesterday! It’s neat to here that they are around, I just wish I had the chance to see them myself!
Another American student group
came to La Selva yesterday – the program is from CIEE, another abroad organization. They have been in Costa Rica about the same time as we have but they go to a few different places. They visited Corcovado National Park on the southwest coast and saw humpback whales among a bunch of other cool things! One of our professors lives at Corcovado because she does research there. I really wish we could go but apparently it’s difficult – you have to either fly in, or take about and hour boat ride. Sounds awesome.
So this morning we left for the city, San Jose, to go to our homestay. It was only about a 2 hour drive, and we first had an info session at the OTS office at University of Costa Rica. I’m really excited not to be studying biology for a while. We start our Spanish courses on Monday. My homestay family is really great. I still can't really figure out who actually lives here because there is so many people all the time! Three kids, which I beleive are my homesaty mom's grandchildren. Their parents and aunt and uncles are here all the time too.
They told me they all leave really closeby and everyone always comes here. There is another student staying here from Germany. I have yet to meet her but she lives right across the hall! It's so nice to have my own room and to hang my clothes on hangers! I think I have been undertsanding about 80% of what has been said in Spanish. I'm not very good at speaking yet but hopefully soon! I think I'll start watching my tv shows and movies on itunes with spanish subtitles. That might help.
Here are some random pictures – I figured out how to get the pictures from my phone. Yay!
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