As I got off the bus that transported some other students and I from the airport, I felt nothing but complete anxiety as I was about to meet my host mom. Thankfully, that sense of anxiety quickly went away. I was greeted by a traditional tico greeting – a greeting (Hola) and a kiss on the cheek. My host mom then proceeded to show me around the house. The house has two stories and is mostly wooden. After I settled in and unpacked some of my things, my host mom invited me downstairs for a coffee break. As we sat down for our coffee break we began to talk (she speaks mostly spanish and only speaks english to clarify something). She then asked if I wanted to join her and go to a fiesta for her sister’s birthday – and of course, I couldn’t decline.
When I arrived to the ranchero that the fiesta was being held at, I expected to feel extremely normal around her family since they had no idea who I was. But, to my surprise I felt super comfortable around the family. I was greeted with a traditional tico greeting followed by the family members offering my wine and local Costa Rican beer (Imperial). I opted to try the beer. Imperial is a very smooth beer that sort of has a taste similar to a Corona.
After the fiesta, we came back home and all immediately went to bed. (I guess the Imperial got to us haha).
Día 2 y 3:
I spent the next two days participating in my school’s orientation program. We went to Escuela Social Juan XXII. Since it was a bit higher up in elevation, the view was amazing at both day and night.
We also visited Guayabo National Park.
Cliché picture of an ant carrying a leaf.
For lunch we went to a Ranchero and had a traditional casado (a platter of food with your choice of meat).