March 6th, 2014
Today I woke up and thought, “What can I do today to mix it up? I need to do SOMETHING interesting to write about in my blog!” Haha, OKAY, I am not that pathetic. I don’t just go do things to make you guys think I have a life over here…usually. But so I was like, “Wow Melissa, with all this extra free time you really have no excuse to not start working out. You should go on a run!” Sounds great- in theory. But thats a lot of work. And I wasn’t mentally prepared to just get up and go on a run. It takes hours of preparing a certain mindset that youre going to put yourself in a lot of pain. So I settled with tomorrow morning. Lizzie is going to go with me, so she is holding me accountable- no chickening out of this one now, Melissa.
So what did I actually do with my day? Well, I hung out with my friends Emily, Janissa, and Luz at school, translated a short story from Spanish to English, and went to get my holy hour in a church!
Dinner was fabulous tonight. She surprised us with three new things- the first being hamburgers! They were so delicious (not like that’s a surprise)- it was so good to eat a hamburger. You don’t even know. The second was homemade cas juice!!! The cas fruit is a really acidic tropical fruit. It like a cross between an orange and a lime. Its bitter but so sweet. I can’t describe it, but it is delicious! I have tried so many fruits I didn’t even know existed since I’ve been here. It just makes me want to yell, “WHY USA, WHY YOU NO HAVE DELICIOUS COSTA RICAN FRUITS!?” But back to my original point- the homemade cas fruit juice smoothie thing was so rico! And the third was maduritos (plantains)!!!! Our favorite!!! This time it was a madurito casserole/cake thing. It is always a good day when there are platanos involved.
After dinner Lizzie and I decided we needed to go out tonight since we don’t have school tomorrow. We didn’t really want to, because that involves getting ready, figuring out who were going with, how were going to get there, and spending money. And frankly, that is a lot of work here. We lack motivation to have adventure- and we are in Costa Rica. What is wrong with us? We need to stop being so lazy. So we made ourselves go. And it turns out that most all of the gringos I know from Veritas were at Los Profesionales (the sketch bar with ladies night on thursdays that they tell us not to go to)! My group took advantage of the free drinks and headed out to Castros for some dancing. And not any of that gross grinding-in-da-club dancing: I mean real salsa and meringue dancing! FINALLY! I haven’t been able to get a group together to go dancing since I got here. One of my main goals while being in Costa Rica was to go dancing! And I dropped the ball on that one. But now that I finally went, I gotta go back!! Especially because the dance floor was empty tonight… so that kinda sucked, but I still got to dance! Lizzie and I plan to go back Saturday night when its poppin. All of our friends will be in a beach town somewhere without us since we need to save money, so were just gonna brave San Jose by ourselves. It was a super fun night, and I am glad I finally made myself go out. Its about time!
Didn’t take a picture today, so here is a photo I hope to submit to the UNC Study Abroad office in a photo contest. Me and the Panama sunset, reppin the UNC tank top