April 14th and 15th, 2014
I just love going to Cartago. It’s like the most homey town I’ve been to here in Costa Rica. Everyone is so polite, friendly, and nice. Not to mention it means I am going to spend time with Tatiana’s family, which I love.
I went solo to Cartago on the 14th to meet with Tatiana. She took me to the Basillica of Our Lady of the Angels again so I could buy souvenirs, drink and bottle some holy water, and enjoy the city of Cartago. It was a really fun time, just walking around with her and catching up on life. Its always interesting explaining boy problems, telling stories, and understanding stories in Spanish. Another thing is she and I almost got hit by taxis about three times. We laughed and laughed. All we do together is laugh.
After our adventures in the city we went up to her parent’s house in Boqueron, which is a little town/neighborhood in Cartago. They live on the side of the mountain where the weather gets surprisingly cold. The entire mountain was covered in clouds and the weather must have dropped about 25 degrees from the bottom to the top. Still, it couldn’t have been less than 55 degrees but I was shocked that I was cold; I was sweating when I was in San Jose. Crazy Costa Rican weather.
When we got to her house, Jean Carlos, her brother, had made us lunch (how nice) and so the stuffing me full of food began. Not even 40 minutes after we ate a big lunch her mom placed infront of me a tamale and a cup of coffee. Sooo delicious! I am so spoiled any time I go over to their house! But there was nothing I could do, food just kept appearing in front of me! After the tamale I played futbolin (foosball) with Tatiana, Jean Carlos, Kendall, and Kenneth (also known as Tito) for about an hour. Right after foosball it was time for dinner. Ahhhhh, so much food. But it was homemade pastel de pollo, aka, chicken pot pie; which is one of my favorite dishes. It was soo delicious that I ate an extra piece even though I was stuffed!
After dinner we played Super Banco (monopoly) in which I lost miserably. It was all going so well, I had houses, properties, but then I had the worst luck ever and continued to be the poorest player for the rest of the game. I didn’t mind, we made jokes the entire game and it was hilarious.
We called it a night after monopoly and Tatiana and I squeezed into her twin sized bed.
And when we woke up, round two of eating began. Now, I’m not really complaining, so much as bragging. I am impressed that I can fit that much food in this little body. That’s like… talent, or something. Before noon, I ate a giant plate of gallo pinto with tomato, natilla (a better version of sour cream), and slices of cheese, two eggs, a cup of coffee, a decently sized bowl of arroz con leche, and more chicken pot pie. Impressive, I think.
Jean Carlos, Tatiana, and I headed out to el Mall San Pedro to meet up with Christian (Tatiana’s boyfriend), Christina (a friend of Jean Carlos), and Lizzie. The six of us headed out to go bowling. It wasnt until we got there that I learned that all of them (besides Lizzie) had never bowled before. Como!? How!? How have they never been bowling? I was shocked. I guess I never realized just how American it is. So I taught them all how to bowl and bowling etiquette. I took a bowling class back in the day, so naturally I know everything- me and my 75 average. They ended up being wayyy more fun to bowl with than Americans. Anytime anyone got more than four pins they cheered and clapped. I felt like I was professional status or something. It was super fun. They only thing we lacked was typical bowling alley food. I told them that they didn’t get the full experience because they couldn’t drink beer and eat french fries while they bowled.
After bowling we headed back to the mall, got smoothies with boba, and played in the arcade. Such a fun day.
Lizzie and I headed back home for tonight so we can get started on our paper due Monday for our final. Tomorrow were heading back to Cartago to spend the rest of the week with Tatiana’s family. Now I just need to find motivation to write a paper. I feel like I’m on vacation therefore motivation for anything school related is running low. Wish me luck.
So Tatiana has all the photos from bowling, but I did receive these photos in an email from my mural painting professor, Esteban, today. This is our last day of class in March. I already miss all these guys. This was a great class. #throwbackthursday
In order, Cara, Sheri, Melony, Melissa, Kaitlyn, Fanni, Melissa, Elizabeth, Gracie, Esteban