Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
Got out of class a bit early, so have some time to fill you all in on my latest adventures. I'll try and keep it short.Last Monday after sleeping in (8:30am!!) since we didn't have class, went Halloween shopping with Cina, but seeing as how the holiday isn't nearly as big here, had to settle on lacy purple bunny ears. Lame, but cheap, and actually turned out to be pretty amusing. On Tuesday, after my first day of Advanced 1 Spanish, and after convincing Christine to come with us (since she needed some rum to forget her bad day), I went out with Catalina and my friend Nesha to a bar on Calle de Amargo (which translates to "Street of Depression" but it is really quite fun), to celebrate Halloween. Even without the Jack-o-lanters and bags of candy, with the company of my "hermanitas" I managed to not get homesick or long for the elaborate costumes and Trick-or-Treating of the US. Wednesday went with my friend Melanie to go to the National Museum, after which we found a really cool coffee shop to get some of our studying done, and then met some other people at a Japonese/Indian food restaurant. Any place with Sushi and curry on the same menu is fantastic.Friday went out again to Caccio's on Calle de Amargo, where they were unfortunately out of the large glasses that were necessary for Olofos, so we had to settle for Mochiladas (beer with lime juice and salt) and oversized Long Island Ice Teas. Returned home at a reasonable hour since we had to wake up at 5:30am to go meet the bus downtown to take us river rafting.Rio Pacuare, one of the top 5 most beautiful rivers in the world, as the story goes, was complete with jungle on either side, beautiful butterflys, waterfalls cascading from the cliffs, old suspension bridges across the cannon and, of course, class III and IV rapids. In other words, it was amazing. After 4 hours on the river, we were given the option of taking the bus back to San Jose, or taking one to the Carribean at no extra cost. Seeing as I had nothing to do Sunday, the choice was simple and I spent the night sleeping in a hammock where I woke up to banana smoothies, a bikeride down to Punta Uva, lounging on the beach, swimming in the Caribean Sea, and playing on a black sand beach before taking the bus home that night. I have my first test for Advanced I spanish on Friday (!!) so I probably won't be doing much the rest of the week, but on Friday afternoon I think I'm going to Tortuguero to go play with sea turtles as a reward. I'll fill you in more later. Un beso. Ciao.