I am LOVING the cool weather here. Though it has rained every afternoon, my clothes are no longer damp from the heat and humidity of Guanacaste, and I now remember why I packed jeans, a question I was asking myself while in Cañas. Some people have complained about being cold, but I'm nowhere close to that: my bedroom window is still open. And speaking of bedrooms, I feel that I must be one of the luckiest in the program with my living situation: three of us are staying in a big condominium only blocks from campus with Chacha, a sweet and generous woman who told us the first night that she wants to spoil us. A divorcée, she has two grown children, and though she is financially fortunate, she was tired of coming home from work to a quiet house, so she's taking us in for the fun of it. She and I have a few things in common: our bachelor's degrees are from Indianapolis (hers from IUPUI and mine from Butler). She asked if I was a true Hoosier (a term the other students might not even know, let a lone a tica!), and when I said yes, she said, "Oh, I have goosebumps! My son is too!" And her daughter is currently working on post-doctorate work at Ohio State in Columbus, which is where my sister lives. In fact, Chacha has a virtual phone number on an internet program called Magic Jack, so we can call anyone in the US for free from that internet phone. It shows up as a Columbus number on caller ID, so it was a hoot for me to surprise my family with those calls. -But Skype has been great to see them every night anyway. Technology sure makes the world small, in a good way.
Yesterday we had a quick orientation about general knowledge things around the campus and city and host families. Today was the orientation for the university with an introduction of the instructors and a tour of the campus. Tomorrow I am going with others who paid extra for an excursion to the Poas volcano and waterfalls; I have to be out the door at 6:00 am, so I'll post a few pictures and sign off. I expect to be tired after a long day tomorrow, and classes start tomorrow night, so I expect my posts to get shorter as I get busier. My writing will probably come in the form of papers to turn in...
|My first sloth-sighting, on the campus of UCR|
|A full house at orientation, with my sweet house-mates in the front.|
|Directors od MLSA in Costa Rica: Vickie, Nancy, Rodolfo, and Sarita|