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A New Year

My family's attempt at dressing me like a Tico at the party they threw for me

My family's attempt at dressing me like a Tico at the party they threw for me

I can already tell this is going to be the best blog I have written all year. Of course, it will also be the worst since this is the only one I have written so far in 2010… happy new year, everybody!

Entry into Costa Rica is now a mere 17 days away, but I can’t say it has begun to feel any more real that I am going to be in another country this month and the following five. I am now fully immunized for yellow fever, typhoid, tetanus and swine flu. The last two have nothing to do with my travel to Costa Rica. Explanations: 1) it was just time for another tetanus booster and 2) I was peer pressured into getting an H1N1 vaccine shot up my nose (but no, I don’t regret it). I am bringing medication for malaria prevention north of W Panama, and another prescription will take care of the malaria in E Panama and below, should I choose to ever travel down there. I had the option to bring pills along for traveler’s diarrhea, but I think I can just tough that one out.

Butler has continued to send me helpful emails about money, details and whatnot. However, if I am honest with myself, I have not really read all of them thoroughly… YET. I plan to eventually fill my head with an appropriate amount of preparatory knowledge before packing and leaving, but I like to think it will be okay if I put that off for a few more days at least. Call it procrastination or ignorance if you like, but I prefer to think of it as taking life as it comes. I can guess there will be a lot of that kind of attitude needed this year; probably for all of us.

A lot of my friends (including my siblings) are returning to school now that January has almost completed its first full week. Huh, school… I remember what that was like once. No American education for me anymore (at least for the next 5 months). Bring on la universidad!

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