Spanish class continues to be challenging and I'm astounded at how much there is to learn and at how slow I am to pick it up. Pronouns confound me. Spanish Labs are always fun and we have done a whole variety of different activities in the labs to practice our Spanish. We took a trip to a small town (pueblo) to see some local fruit, a tiny church, the rodeo grounds, and what a typical peublo is like. We also went to the feria (farmers market) to talk to the vendors, sample some things, discuss the local produce and foods and buy some things. Lucia, our instructor, cooked lunch with Rodin and I so we could learn about typical Costa Rican food and ingredients.
The red cross emergency room at the small rodeo grounds. In Costa Rica it is encouraged for fans to enter the rodeo...not just professionals. Injured souls are passed out of the rodeo through this small gap for quick first aid and sometimes removal by ambulances.
Carlos, the photography instructor (also a surf instructor) showing us inside the Red Cross room at the rodeo.
They may be small but there are lots of them!
Cute little church
Rodin (left) and our Spanish instructor Lucia sitting down to enjoy our typical Costa Rican lunch of Picadillo de Chayote (a hot dish made with chopped squash called Chayote, onions, red pepper, cilantro, and corn seasoned with salt and pepper), corn tortillas, guacamole, and patacones (savory fried plantain chips)
Rodin and I eager for lunch
Rodin, Jon, Lucia, and Laura at the feria (farmers' market)
Guaba (sounds like guava but doesn't look or taste like it!) long pods containing sweet white furry fruits which have big brown seeds inside.
for one Spanish lab we accompanied the photography class to Playa Escondida (hidden beach) and spent the time chatting in Spanish
Chili Guarro shots. Made with hot chili sauce, lime juice, and local overproof liquor called Guarro...surprisingly tasty
Students of the School of the World (Aarti, Missi, Joanna, Kara, Laura, Grace, Larry, Rodin...you know who you are)
Jasper del Mundo, the School of the World cat taking a Shavasana in the yoga studio
Nightly entertainment outside the bar "Swell" where people try to balance on a balance board... basically a skateboard set on top of a plastic cylinder.
Grace, Robin, Rodin, and Missy from left to right at Swell
Missy, Joanna, and Jamie at Swell
Carlos explaining to us that surfing isn't a sport...it's a lifestyle.
Rodin and Laura
Grace, Leticia, me, and Levi
The whole crew out for sushi...(from left to right around the table; Jon, Rodin, Laura, Analou, Elle, Kareem, Grace, Letitizia, me, Levi, Tina, and Andreas)
Clubbing in Jaco with Elle, Kareem, Rodin, Kara, and Laura
Playa Hermosa Saturday Surf Competition
I finally took some photos of the homestay where I am living. On a quiet Sunday morning. Ines, Eric, Antonio, Gabrielle and I went to a beach which is one of Ines favorites last Sunday. It was really beautiful with lots of rocks and fossils, some small caves, and a very sheltered bay for the kids to swim in.
The front veranda
view out of my bedroom window
Antonio (almost 3), Gabrielle (7) and Ines
Beach near Punta Leona
Eric (Dad) playing with Antonio and Gabrielle
Red Macaw in the trees at the beach
Tuesday and Wednesday the waves were too large and not "buenas formas" (good shape) for surfing. We tried on Monday despite the conditons not being swell (excuse the pun) and we got crushed! It took all we had to get outside the break and once we were there it was pretty terrifying trying to catch a wave. Only a few people were able to catch the waves and I was not among them. I personally got worked over by the surf that day! I took my board in and went for a swim instead. I was much more successful body surfing than real surfing. On Wednesday the instructors weren't keen to take us out because the waves were even bigger so we used the time for a balance workshop instead. The instructors had each one of us pop up and show our surf stances then they corrected us individually. Next they balanced a surfboard on two bosu balls and had us pop up into our surf stances on that to practice our balance and getting the correct position on the board. We also got to try the balance board (like a skateboard on a small cylinder of plastic).
Kareem being instructed by Alonso
Derby holding the board for Jon
Levi on the balance board.
Joanna with Alonso
Laura with Alonso