Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
Ok, I get very limited email access here at the moment since the wireless at my house has been out for the last week and even when it´s working I have to steal Marcina´s computer to use it. So, with that being said, I´ll try and fill you in as best I can since the last time I wrote about 2 weeks ago.Last weekend went to Puerto Viejo on the Carribean coast. After long bus ride and a hike along the water arrived at ¨Rockin´ J´s¨ the youth hostel we were staying at which had a choice of tents, hammocks or tree houses to sleep in right off the beach, complete with bar area and grass huts to hang out in during the day. Found a nice little restaurant with Carribean food to have dinner at with two other girls in the ISA program (Lydia and Liz) and then went to ¨Johnny´s¨ which was this bar/club with dancing and disco balls inside and tables and tiki torches lining the beach outside. Rented bikes the next morning and rode out to Manzanillo (about 13km each way) to go snorkeling, see thousands of tropical fish, and lay on white sand beaches reading under the shade of palm trees. The ride back was interesting to say the least seeing as how 3 of the bikes we rented broke and had to be walked the rest of the way. Went back to ¨Johnny´s¨ that night and then returned to my spot in hammock #8.Woke up the next morning by my friend Kate telling me it was 9am and that she´d meet me at the bar when I was ready. Once I was up and dressed we discovered it was actually only 6:30 and from that point on she was fired from watch duty. However, we were taking a bus back at 4 so it was nice to get an early start to the day. After many cups of coffee went again to go rent bikes, this time better quality and rasta colors, and then headed again for the beach. Biked in the rain, swam in the sun, margaritas at various beach bars, and an interesting ride back to the bus station.Went to a Soccer game last Wednesday. Was on Costa Rican TV briefly. had a view right up against the fence to see dancing cookies and people in the stands lighting fires and setting off fireworks. Thursday went out to dance club ¨Castros¨ and then on to some bars to check out San Jose´s night life. I will have to fill you in on my weekend at Manuel Antonio tomorrow because I´m on my way to a spinning class right now actually. I´ll try and write more tomorrow, hopefully on a better keyboard. ciao.ok, I've returned to fill you in on the rest of my week. Last friday went to a national art museum with my spanish class and then had a picnick in the park before leaving for Manuel Antonio which is a small beach town on the Pacific. It was raining when we got there so just stayed around the hotel that night drinking mango juice and hanging out with the anteaters. Went to the national park there that morning, stalked a tour group with my friend Lydia as the guide was pointing out various iguanas and sloths hiding in the trees, then went on another hike, half of which was walking through river beds, and ended on a beach among a large group of spider monkeys. After they tried to steal one of our purses, we were a little more skeptical of being so close to them, but seeing as how I've wanted one as a pet for as long as I can remember, I was still pretty excited. Almost got my towel stolen by a giant wave, my shirt stolen by some puppies, and my backpack stolen by a raccoon, but managed to leave with all my belongings. The raccoon after it realized it couldn't get my backpack instead reached out and grabbed my toe, which although it scared me half to death, I was very thankful it didn't bite me so I didn't have to go spend time in a Costa Rican hospital being tested for rabies. Spent a long time playing the fun game of "find the boys' shirts" among the waves that were stolen when the tide came up very quickly, and managed to salvage all of them. Went to the "Chicken lady" as she is lovingly called by all us gringos for lunch and went to a chill little beach bar that night. Returned to San Jose Sunday evening after a slight delay of someone parking their car in the middle of the road, which we were happy to push to the side. This week have done pretty much nothing as tomorrow is my final for this section of Spanish classes, so I had presentations and my test to study for. However, am going out with my host sister (Catalina) and my Guatemalan neighbor (Christine) tomorrow night to celebrate the completion of my test, and then Saturday at 6am am leaving for the volcano of Arenal.