I’ll be fine, just give me time…

Things I miss:

Family & Friends (or really anyone who speaks English, I’m not that picky :))
Boston, Rockport, Connecticut, New Hampshire (ie New England)
Temperatures below 100 degrees (but above 50, or maybe 60)
Having our own apartment
Good beer
Any food that doesn’t contain rice and/or beans
Cooking
Television, DVDs, DVR, etc
Having internet access
Stores that offer more than really expensive knock-off American Eagle and Hollister clothing.
Washing machines and dryers
Take away coffees
Trader Joes
Boston restaurants
Red Sox games
Spring
Paychecks
My Hunter Wellies, and most of my clothing and jewelry, purses and shoes
Being able to use Groupons, BuyWithMes, CoupMes, etc

Things I don’t miss:

Working 8-10 hours a day (got to love 6 hour days 4 days a week and many, many vacations and days off)
Grocery Shopping (other than Trader Joes)
Paying rent, health insurance, bills, etc
Feeling rushed/busy all the time
Traffic
Cold rainy weather
The Green line
Text messaging, emailing and Gchatting ALL the time
NOT having Mango 🙂
Watching TOO much TV, I’ve been reading so many good books!

We have almost been here 4 months! That means we are almost 1/3 of the way through with this year! There is A LOT that I am missing from home right now, but I would say the absolute best thing about being here, aside from the teaching and the students, is the free time we get. I have never had so much time to do things I enjoy, and to just slow down. So much time to read and travel and workout everyday, play with my puppy and learn Spanish, time that I could only WISH to have at home. It’s the one thing you can never get enough of, right?

Now if only I could spend some of this time with family and friends from home and get some hummus at Trader Joes, it would be perfect 🙂

“Some things in life may change
And some things
They stay the same

Like time, there’s always time
On my mind
So pass me by, I’ll be fine
Just give me time”
-Damian Rice, Older Chests

Montezuma’s Revenge

No, that’s the wrong Montezuma. Mexico I believe? Costa Rica is a peaceful place. They don’t even have a military, and I don’t think they believe in revenge. Well I haven’t been to any other Montezuma, but I can assure you that Montezuma, Costa Rica is INCREDIBLE.

Even during Semana Santa, which is the holy week here and one of the most popular times for travel for both Ticos and tourists (since many schools and colleges in the States have their spring break around this time, and the Europeans are just always traveling.) the whole place was still really quiet, just a chill little beach town.

You will like it here if you like:
Beautiful things
Sunsets and sunrises
Yoga
Fresh fruit
Organic anything (but especially ice cream)
Pina Coladas, getting caught in the rain
and the feel of the ocean, and the taste of champange. Okay, I’ll stop (and there was no rain) but I’ve traveled to a good number of places and I must say this spot is one of my favorites. I have never been to a beach paradise and gotten the beautiful views, perfect weather, great food AND reasonable prices that we got here. 5 Stars.

The only downside? It’s not the easiest place to reach by public transport. Depending on where you’re coming from in the country (though probably San Jose) it’s going to take a few buses and a ferry to get there.

We are back teaching in La Fortuna, where it is approximately 1,000 degrees and no where near the Ocean. Le Sigh. I guess I’m going to have to settle for the gym tonight but I’ll be daydreaming about yoga on the beach!

Oh, hello, rememeber me?

Wow, it has been impossible to keep up with the outside world lately! School has gotten so crazy with our first exams and everything, and it’s incredible how quickly you get used to not having the internet (or a cellphone, blackberry, television, anything!) These things used to take up so much time in my life at both work and home, how can I possibly be so busy without them?

Well, I am somehow still busy, just living here. It’s funny how quickly the extraordinary becomes ordinary. Life in Costa Rica has quickly become reality, and not some glorified vacation. It’s a pretty good reality though. While I will spare you the minute details of what we have been up to the past month, I’ll share some highlights:

We got a puppy! Yes, our host family surprised us with a teeny-tiny puppy. He’s all ours and will be coming back to the US with us in December. We named him Mango and he is the cutest little perrito in all of Alejuela:

I joined a soccer team with some other female teachers in Zeta Trece. Our team is great! I am not 😦 Thank goodness I have my 1st graders to cheer me on!

Cara (our field director) came to observe our classes last week, she stayed for an extra day and we did some hiking in the Arenal National Park, then another hike to the Arenal Lake, and then a boat ride and lunch on the lake.

Either this tree is huge, or I'm really small.

Ross, on a boat.

I’m getting back into running! Slowly but surely. It’s been hot here, like really really hot in the afternoons. I’ve been trying to fit it in at 5:30 in the morning, and when I can actually get myself up that early before school it feels great!

Mango doesn't run with me, but he does like to drink all my water.

So there has been a lot of work for me and Ross lately, and a lot of sleeping for Mango.

Ross working on the computer, Mango sleeping on Ross.

Three days of school left, and then it’s Semana Santa (our 10 day vacation!) Rest assured there will be some awesome travel updates coming soon.