Blogs from Santa Ana, San José, Costa Rica, Central America Caribbean


Landed in San Jose, Costa Rica! I did a 2 week trip in CR 10 years ago but this time I'm headed to a different part of the country. I decided to come back here because I'm travelling on my own and I feel comfortable in CR. I thought it would be a good place to start my big adventure. I had pre-booked a hotel room as I was arriving late at night and didn't want to deal with that jet-lagged and in the dark. The hotel was outside of San Jose, in Santa Ana, at a VERY nice little hotel. Quite a luxurious start to the trip! I dropped my backpack in the room and went straight back down to the lobby for my welcome drink! It was pretty quiet at the hotel and I ... read more

This has been a weekend full of adventures! On the downside, it has also been a weekend of burns, bugbites, and bruises. Friday we had class outside, which was really nice, except for the huge bugs we saw. There was a rhinocerous beetle, and a walking stick, which were both pretty cool. But I also saw HUGE spiders and cocroaches. I also have about 20 chiggers living in my legs right now, which is driving me absolutely nuts. On the bright side, my host mom gave me some zepol, which seems like a mixture of icy-hot and vapor rub. It is supposed to be for colds, chest congestion, bruises and cuts. But it is kind of a home remedy that helps relieve the itch. Also, If you put a ring around your ankle before going to ... read more

This entire post is dedicated to the food that I have eaten so far. The names will probably be a little off, so sorry in advance. First at the house. Lotty does not really like to cook, and when she does, its usually less traditional costa rican food. I know I talked a little about having pizza and pasta, but she has also made me chicken noodle soup and mac and cheese. For breakfast the first few days, she prepared a bowl of cereal, yogurt, fruit, and crackers, along with a glass of juice. I told her I really didn´t need that much for breakfast. But the cereal was also really nasty. So now she gives me fruit, yogurt, and juice. The fruits have been papaya, grapes, cantelope, and apples. For dinner, she has also made ... read more

I have been SUPER busy these past few days, and I was already behind to begin with, so after my food post, I will write a short summary of my past week in Costa Rica. On monday, classes started. The bus picks students up at la parada, or bus stop, at 730, 745, and 8. Classes start at 830, but a lot of students go earlier to use the wifi, call home, or work on homework. Obviously, I don´t go anywhere early, and this is no different. Our schedule looks like this Monday through Friday– 830 to 930 Clase ‹Class› 930 to 940 Descanso ‹Break› 940 to 1040 Clase 1040 to 11 Marienda ‹Snack› 11 to 12 Clase 12 to 1210 Descanso 1210 to 110 Clase 110 Almuerzo ‹Lunch› The actual class is not that bad. ... read more

Here are some more pictures. I am having difficulty publishing them on my phone... read more

Hola! So, I´ve tried to write this blog numerous times, but travelblog does not really get along with my iphone. So I am using Sofias computer to write about the past three days here. The rest of the trip down here was not too bad. The plane had a flat tire, so we had to sit for over and hour on the plane before it took off. When I arrived in San Jose, it was already dark, so I couldn´t really see much. Going through customs was very different and surprisingly easy. It took less than 15 minutes from getting off the plane to leaving the airport. Compared to the two hours that it took to leave O´hare when coming home from mexico, it was a pleasant surprise. Once everyone had their luggage and was ready ... read more

Buenos dias, After a decent night's sleep I'm ready to share with you about my day yesterday with Barb and her friend and now mine, Camille, or Cammy. We met just before 9am yesterday at a bus stop in Atenas. Definitely not the bus station but rather just a stop along the street. I knew the area as it's right across the street from the Central Park and unfortunately it's right in front of one of the many bakeries in town that every morning fills the air with the heavenly smells of fresh-baked bread full of gluten! As always I tried to tune it out...not always easy. Somewhat easier though if there happens to be some dark chocolate available, which of course there wasn't;( None-the-less I survived once again! Cammy is originally from Vancouver Canada and ... read more

It was a very good day at the Artisan's Craft Fair in Santa Ana! It was also a very long and tiring day so I'll fill you in on the day tomorrow! Hasta manana, Barb ... read more

Hey everybody, Morning all...Cushty. We are currently staying at a family friends house in the hills above San Jose. It is rather fine accomodation I must say...It is a mansion over looking the whole of San Jose and we have our own private wing of the house! Put it this way, it takes roughly 15 minutes to get the kitchen by unicycle. Our Iberia flight was interesting, with a dog on the plane in economy, stroppy stewardesses, loud spanish annoying music and no inflight entertainment. Well there was some movies. We watched hairspray on a small screen on the front of the plane about 5 times in Spanish. Put it this way...I am NEVER watching that film again! We embark to our Spanish school on the beach on Sunday. A 5 hour minibus awaits, so ... read more
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