January 9, 2017
Today I woke up super early because I had to be at orientation at 8:30. At ISU I would’ve slept until 8:15 and shoved a granola bar down my throat while walking to class, but here, they value each meal time. So, I woke up at 7:15 to make time to sit down and have breakfast with my housemates.
Orientation started with a tour of campus, leading into a two-hour long speech on classes, safety and basically everything we need to know about studying abroad here. The campus here is extremely small, but not in a bad way. It feels like a high school, and even has one cafeteria where you can get food. I think the fact that it is so small is going to be awesome for meeting people and getting to know the professors on campus.
After the orientation session, we had pizza (I think they’re trying to feed us American food so we don’t get too homesick). The pizza here tastes nothing like the good ol’ Lou Malnati’s or Giordanos that you get in Chicago. We are super spoiled, people!!
After lunch we got to the exciting part… excursion planning! This weekend we will be heading to Monteverde (a cloud forest) to zipline and hike. Next weekend we will finally be hitting up the beaches on a group excursion to Tamarindo Beach. Our trip advisor told us we need to go to the beach because we’re too white. Lol, thank you Luis.
Some interesting things I learned today are that, a) honking at someone here is a courtesy… people actually honk to flirt with one another. b) Fifteen minutes late is still considered on time (my sister would love this lifestyle…)
I had chili guarro for the first time ever today, and I now understand what all the hype was about.
Dinner consisted of rice, chicken, carrots and onion with some sort of amazing sauce on top of it all. Mama tica never eats dinner with us because it is more common for ticos to eat a large lunch and have only coffee and crackers for dinner.
Another day in the books.