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After two more weeks in paradise

(Kayley)

We haven’t been on any big trips since Monteverde, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been having fun!

The big diversion of the week happened Saturday, when Ryan and I decided to go for a stroll through the Parque Central to enjoy a nice quiet break from the rain and homework. Instead, we found out that there was a huge, free, open-air concert. We met up with some friends and made our way up to the front of the crowd during the opening act, Entrelineas. entrelineas1 entrelineas2 They were really good, and their covers of “Aeroplane” by Red Hot Chili Peppers and “This Love” by Maroon 5 were perfect. Then the main act, Percance, took the stage. percance1 percance2 percance3 percance4 percance5 percance6 For more information, you can find them on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/percance Basically, they’re a Costa Rican band that’s super popular here, and they really know how to work a crowd. Everyone was jumping and screaming and fist-pumping and mosh-pitting, and when a big rainstorm blew in toward the end, everyone just opened up their umbrellas and kept the party rocking, and even shouted for an encore. percance-rain1   percance-rain2

Speaking of rain, we’ve been getting a lot of it the past week, probably due to Hurricane Irene. It’s kind of funny to be down here while everyone’s going crazy in New York over hurricanes and earthquakes, because everyone here is going on with their daily lives because it’s nothing new. It speaks a lot about the culture of panic in the United States versus the super laid-back culture here. The only one in my house who panics during a thunderstorm is poor Chester, our brave watchdog: chester-thunder

Just as a side note, I’d also like to mention that when I can’t eat at home, there is a nice place to eat on campus that’s super cheap too. It’s known as just la soda by the students, and offers a wide variety of healthy food throughout the day for a bargain price. For instance, I got this plate: soda-food for just a thousand colones, or roughly two US dollars. It included rice, beans, plantains, picadillo (a hot dish that includes ground meat and various types of vegetables chopped very fine, or picado), and ensalada rusa (a cold salad featuring beets). To drink, I had horchata, which is kind of like chocolate milk, only better.

And here’s some throw-back photos:

This is a mamón chino, a type of fruit that’s a little scary at first, but tastes kind of like sweet grapes and has a very silky texture. mamones-chinos

This is Ryan and I before performing some folk dances, during which we had to recite four-line rhyming poems known as bombas. baile-folklórico

These are photos from the national park Rincón de la Vieja. The first is an example of how hot the underground volcanic currents are: they’re actually boiling the water! And the second is of my sneakers, mid-hike. rincón-de-la-vieja zapatos

The next three are from Playa Ocotal, in Guanacaste. The first is our view of the Pacific Ocean from the hotel, the second is “pura vida” written in the sand on the beach, and the third is one of the iguanas that lived outside the hotel room. They had absolutely no fear of humans, and unfortunately neither did the raccoons! ocotal pura-vida iguana

And this is what coffee looks like, freshly picked: café

Next weekend we’re going on an excursion with IFSA to La Tirimbina, which is sure to be a good time. I can’t wait!

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