I made it! I feel like I have been here much longer than 24-hours, but there has been a lot to take in.
My morning yesterday started off at 5:00am. Mom, Dad, Laura, and Nick took me to the airport. I was pretty weepy, but I made it on my first of three flights. I went to Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, and then San Jose. The flights were all great and the view was awesome. I saw Cuba which was pretty neat. Once we got into Costa Rica it was beautiful green hills everywhere.
Luckily, I met a girl from the trip, Anna, from North Carolina, right as I got off my plane. We struck up a conversation really fast and went throught immigration and customs and met our driver outside where it was POURING down rain.
Gravin, our driver, and a CCS worker loaded us and our things onto a small little bus and took a two hour bumpy and rainy ride to San Carlos. I must say the driving here is a bit on the scary side---people can pass wherever and drive very fast.
We pulled up to the house, which I will load pictures of later, and were given our key and told to go unpack-that's it. We didn't really know what to do. I started feeling a little homesick and dinner was a little rough. After dinner I met my roommate, Joanna, who is really nice and fun to be around (she is from Boston) and we all discovered we were feeling the exact same way. We met up with some other girls who were having a rough night and made each other feel much better!
Around 8:00 we went to the local ice-cream hot spot, Pops, and had delicious ice cream. I got a night-view of the city. After a freezing cold shower, which will take some adjustment, I went to bed. I learned there's a trick to getting hot showers--hopefully I'll get the hang of it soon. All the new people were in bed by 10:00--needless to say we were exhausted.
This morning started at 6:30 to the smells of breakfast coming from below our room. We had eggs, toast, papaya, mango, pinapple, and amazing coffee.
Our group had an orientation that lasted about 3-hours with our director, Irving. he covred everything we need to know and then we had lunch. Arroz con pollo, fresh salsa and chips, fresh fruit--I have it pretty rough I know...haha!
After lunch we had our intern meeting, which was a little overwhelming, but I think it won't seem as scary once I get started. There are four other interns. We walked around town and found alot of really cute shoe and clothing stores. Since then, we have been lounging in the court yard--right now we're playing "Apples to Apples". Dinner is coming up soon and then we have the rest of the night to continue to relax and get oriented.
I will upload a few picture and hopefully a video of my house.
Adios for now!