|My University - photo courtesy of Kyle Clifton|
An ideal typical day begins with me getting up at 6:30 taking a shower, eating breakfast at 7:00 and heading out of the door at 7:45 for my 8 o’clock class. In the states I would think that was wayyyyyyy too early. However, here the day begins that early, so I get up that early. That was something important I learned in high school from my exchange student; adapt to the host culture’s schedule.
I have my intensive Spanish class from 8 until noon with a half hour break from 10:00 to 10:30. Three and a half hours of Spanish in one day might seem like a lot but it really isn’t. I am thoroughly entertained by my class and my teacher; Eugenia Yglesias, who I am quite pleased with. I haven’t learned anything yet that I hadn’t already been exposed to but I am definitely mastering the things that we review. I don’t have a text book, which I love; instead I have a combination workbook/text/reading book. My professor assembled it and it is tailored to exactly what she wants us to learn.
|Inside my university with a little garden sitting area.|
- photo courtesty of Kyle Clifton
During my break at 10:00 I will go to a little lunch counter and buy coffee, it costs 400 colones, and I buy it from a Tica who refers to me as “mi amor.” At noon I eat lunch. This could be anywhere. One of the little lunch counters around (called Sodas) where I can get a meal for about $5, a lunch place at the school for $4, or at my home stay for $2.
After noon I can do whatever I want since I don’t have any of my elective classes yet. This is usually where I take advantage of the extra-curricular activities that my college offers. On Mondays and Thursdays there is two hours of Spanish conversation club at 1. Tuesdays and Thursday at 8 I have dance class. Wednesday I have cooking class at 1, and Friday we don’t do anything so I usually come home and relax. I will have dinner around 5 or 6 or 7, who knows when the next one will be?
For nightlife there is quite a bit to do. For me going to school and one extra activity each day is enough social interaction for me so I usually don’t do much during the week. If I do we go out around 7 and I make it home around 10:30, just enough time to shower and go to bed to wake up for my class the next day. Usually though I just hang out at home, try to get my homework done which is quite hard for me, and talk with my Tica momma, or her brother Jose. Jose is learning English so we have bilingual conversations helping each other with phrases and vocabulary. If I do go out I try and get every place pre-approved by one of my CEA people, so I don’t end up anywhere too sketchy.
|Another part of the university with a great view|
of other parts of San Jose from the 3rd floor.
- photo courtesy of Kyle Clifton
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