People said that once school started, we would develop routines and things would start to feel a bit more like real life. That doesn’t appear to be the case.
Every single day, be it school day or weekend is completely separate from the one before it. Some days there are no events planned or extra-curriculars happening, and yet we still find a million new things to do or new conversations to have. It is so fantastic that this place lacks the monotony and routine of life at home but it also makes for an intense, exhausting lifestyle.
Here are some highlights from the last 2 weeks:
Two weekends ago, I headed to the beach for the first time. We went to a popular surfing beach on the Pacific Coast, called Playa Jaco. It took us about 2 and a half hours to get there but spending the day playing in the waves and lounging on the beach were so worth it. It was so nice to get to see more of Costa Rica and not just San Jose.
The next day, the second years had a huge deadline so the firsties decided to surprise them with something. We planned a school wide water fight at midnight (that was the deadline). We had hundreds of water baloons as well as buckets and water bottles. We waged full out war for about half an hour. Then we invited the second years into the social center for snacks and a dance party. It was fantastic spontaneous fun.
Last sunday, about 20 of us went to a local woman’s house to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. I am not Jewish in any way and neither were most of the students that went, but it was a very intersting cultural experience. She talked to us about the meanings of the holiday and some Jewish folklore. And we got ice cream, which didn’t hurt.
Independence day was also a big deal. On the day when Costa Rica got it’s independence from Spain there are parades in every town. In Santa Ana, we are a part of it. Everyone dresses in their national costumes and carries their flags. You might not believe it but honestly sometimes you forget how ridiculously multicultural it is here. The parade really brought it to the forefront.
Of course, some of the best parts of being here aren’t specific events. Often the highlight of my day is staying up late talking to Shore from Nigeria about the mis-portrayal of Africa in the media or climbing trees and talking about art with Sophia from Wales. Somedays its lying on a friends bed and singing at the top of our lungs.
There are a million little reasons to love this place and I am trying to experience them all.