Costa Rica Day 1
So it has been a great day so far we just had breakfast which consisted of Scrambled eggs with tomatoes in it (which was really tasty), toast that had no butter but did have some marmalade. I've been told that it was very good but was a little hesitant and did not try it. We washed it all down with an amazing pitcher of Apple juice which was squeezed straight from apples and was very pure unlike the fake apple juice we have in Canada.
Today will mainly consist of orientation which will be at the house where we will get to learn a lot about what is polite to do and impolite to do and also what to watch for on the streets (pick pocketers) and then we will have a delicious lunch which is going to be a complete mystery until it is in front of us.
Afternoon: Day 1
Today was the best first day in Costa Rica! First got a lecture from Luis about safety and health issues. One of the most cool things we learned is that in Costa Rica pedestrians don't have the right of way and that came in handy as we crossed many streets. After that, we headed out passing by the former army generals house. Turns out Costa Rica does not have an army and are neutral in most conflicts and allow, as Luis says, their "friends" or alliances, to fight for them. A more recent event is that they took Nicaragua to international court for going over the border which is a river and Costa Rica won. But, Nicaragua pleaded that they used google maps and google maps was wrong so Google apologize and fixed the map.
We also passed by the presidents house which is now used for official business which was cool. Luis even said we were basically walking between the congress which was neat! Second we walked down the streets of the "strip" and went into a market which was held together by metal sheets and poles and was packed to the brim. There were so many different smells and different merchandise which we will visit later on the trip. We also learned that Tuesday is the feast of the virgin and people as far as South America are walking to Costa Rica. Why? Because their is a statue there and Luis said that a girl found a figure of the Virgin Mary and took it to the church which accepted it but that night it disappeared. And for 3 days she kept finding these figures and taking them to the church. It was the same figure and it disappeared every time so they finally tried to move it and A earthquake hit Costa Rica that minute and it was the biggest earthquake to ever hit Costa Rica.
Fun Fact: earthquakes happen every day but we only feel the ones that are 4 or higher on the Richter scale.
After that we headed to the National Museum which was just a bunch of sculptures in the main lobby, then to a mall to exchange money to colonies and buy ice cream. Other than that we did a lot of walking and are very tired and we aren't having dinner till 7:30 instead of 7 so we are a bit hungry.