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My New Family

January 26th, 2006

My new family is so nice! I have two parents, whom I call Don Edwin and Doña María. I also have a 23 -year old sister named Rocío and a 14 -year old brother named Roberto.
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Costa Rica Restaurant Review

January 26th, 2006

As anyone who knows me is likely to verify… I like to eat! Occasionally, you can find a comment someone has made about a restaurant they liked (or hated) in Costa Rica, but until now, there has been no central repository of information, recommendations or general commentary on where to get a good meal in Costa Rica. I am going to TRY to change that!
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I Have Arrived!

January 26th, 2006

I have arrived in Costa Rica and it´s beautiful! We stayed in at hotel called Bougainvilla our first night, and it was great. They had a wonderful garden, and good food. I would recommend it to anyone who asked.

I came to Heredia yesterday and met my Tico family, and they are very nice. I have two parents, a sister, and a brother. They are very understanding and patient with my awful spanish. They even tell me it´s pretty good, although I can tell they’re just being polite.

I started to pick some classes today, and I will find out Friday which classes I´m actually in. We are finishing out the week in Heredia, and then we are headed to Monteverde for a week of fun.

This is what I´ve learned so far:

The driving here is crazy! Everyone honks all the time, there aren´t any visible lines on the streets, and people seem to make up lanes and rules. Every time I´m in a car, I´m afraid for my life!

If someone invites you over for coffee, they probably don´t mean it and are just being polite. Unless you have a set day and time, don´t expect to actually have coffee at their house. By the way, the coffee here is the best I´ve ever had.

Also, you can’t flush toliet paper because the pipes are too small and often get clogged. You have to throw it in the trash, which is difficult to adjust to since I’ve been not thinking about where I put my toliet paper for about 20 or so years now.

One last thing for those of you who have ever wondered, the keyboards are different here.

That´s all for now folks.

And THIS is a note from ME, the Admin!

Personally, I thought Christin had beed kidnapped as I have not heard from her! Can you imagine my surprise when I received her email today telling me she wonders why the BLOG is not working? Well that is because she has been faithfully posting here, but I never saw her Posts! They were stuck in the Drafts section. So today, Chitty fans… you can expect TWO more additions to this Blog.

And to Christin’s parents… I hereby beg your apology. Your daughter is alive and well and living in Costa Rica!

Costa Rican Frogs Wiped Out?

January 16th, 2006

Harlequin Frog - Poison Dart FrogEDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA – Disease induced by global warming is to blame for a mass extinction of frog species in Costa Rica.

I stumbled upon this copyrighted article the other day, and have been trying to verify the facts a bit before I wrote this. Sadly, neither the University of Alberta nor the magazine Nature seem to make any reference to this important information. I am presuming there is only one Nature magazine.

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Packing

January 15th, 2006

As it turns out, packing 6 months worth of stuff into 2 suitcases is hard. It took me 2 days to get everything together.
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Extra Charge Coming for Cellular Internet Service

January 15th, 2006

Up until now, if you really didn’t care too much about using a GSM phone here in Costa Rica, you could at least feel good that when you phone DID have service, you also had free Internet access so you could check emails and do some browsing. That will soon begin to costa (sorry… I had to!) money.
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Host Family Gifts

January 15th, 2006

So my friend Becky, who has studied abroad before, says to me, “You’d better not show up empty-handed. Your host family would appreciate it if you brought them a gift. ”

“What kind of gift should I bring?” says I.

“Something American, something that would represent where you’re from.”
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Preparation Catch-up

January 14th, 2006

Since many of you may be wondering about what sort of preparation goes into planning to study abroad, I thought now might be a good time to give you a run-down on everything I’ve done for this trip so far.

First, I researched study abroad programs, then applied to the one I was interested in. Many people hedge their bets and apply to more than one program, but I knew that I met all the criteria and the application process is fairly time intensive, so I opted to bet all my chips on one hand.

After waiting forever to find out, I was finally accepted and even offered a small scholarship. Then came the real work.
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University Admittance Here is Tough

January 14th, 2006

In the US, it is the private schools.. the Harvards, Yales, and others that are tough to get into. In Costa Rica, however, there are only three public universities and those are the ones where the competiton for entrance has become tough indeed.
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Hola todos!

January 13th, 2006

Hola todos!

I’m Christin, and I’m leaving for Costa Rica in just 3 short days.

I’ll be flying from Port Columbus airport in Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. through Miami, Florida, U.S.A. into San Jose, Costa Rica. I have a 10-hour layover in Miami (I hope the bar is open early), so expect to hear more from me then!
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