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Jul 17, 2014 - Graduation Day

We have just completed our third week of Spanish classes. The girls logged in 48 hours of Spanish instruction each, and I logged in 52 hours. I took two extra classes focusing on medical Spanish to help me at the clinic. It has been very helpful. Our last class was bittersweet. We have come to care for the teachers and fellow students, as well as the stray dogs here. We did our last presentations today, and I wish I could attach them, but I can't figure out how to change the format. It has been raining, raining, raining here. We experienced...

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Jul 10, 2014 - Spanish lessons week 2

It's been a busy, wet week for us. Our school days have been full and afterwards we have been teaching the neighborhood kids until about 4:30 pm. We each had to learn something different about the province of Guanacaste and then present it to the whole school today. Teaching the kids was fun. We played games, taught a short lesson, had snack, and made a craft. The kids favorite game was hide and seek where we hid balls in the yard or in the sala (living room) of the school. Needless to say, our brains have been exhausted when we get home....

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Jul 2, 2014 - School

We are starting to get into a rhythm here. We are woken up each morning about 4:00 am to the beautiful music of roosters crowing, dogs barking, cats meowing and people getting ready for work. We actually get out of bed about 6:25 am. By 6:45 am, we are having breakfast. Breakfast here is very different for us. Traditional breakfasts include, something akin to a banana pancake (but completely different), empenadas of black beans, cheese or potatoes, or ham sandwiches. There is always fresh fruit- papaya mango, banana, apple, guava or...

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Jun 30, 2014 - Settling in

After a few flight delays, we finally arrived in Costa Rica just after 5:30 am on Saturday morning. We made it through customs in record time. A driver from the school met us at the airport and drove us the two hours to our new home "la casita" in Tuis. After meeting our host family, having a bite to eat, and a quick tour of our pueblo, we took a much needed siesta. So I wrote this whole description of life here yesterday and wouldn't you know it, we lost power and it was all lost. Suffice to say, life here is very different. The people are...

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