First Day in Costa Rica!

Fear not…I will eventually get back into my picture-taking habits!

After arriving to my host house on Saturday evening, my mamá tica showed me how to use the shower (slightly complicated – more on that in a future blog post) and I went to bed.

In the morning, I woke up at 4:00 am and managed to go back to sleep–Costa Rica is on Central Time, but does not observe Daylight Savings time in case you were wondering.

At 8:00 am, I headed down to breakfast with my roommate, Sheri. There, mamá tica presented Sheri and I with a typical Costa Rican breakfast, which I forgot to take a picture of…sorry!

After breakfast, papá tica walked Sheri and I to the university where we met the Sol program directors for orientation.

Myself and 20 other students rode in a van to the children’s museum. Outside, Leydí and Angie did some icebreakers with the whole group. Then, we went through the rules during our time here and some cultural nuances in Costa Rica. Halfway through orientation, everyone took a lunch break. Everyone ate their lunches their mamá ticas had prepared. For me and Sheri, mamá tica packed peanut butter sandwiches, potato chips, and Costa Rican desserts. Then, everyone was served some traditional Costa Rican dishes. The first dish consisted of a corn tortilla with cooked vegetables on top. My thoughts: very veggie. Then, we drank some freshly squeezed fruit juice consisting of pineapple, papaya, and other fruits. Lastly, for dessert, everyone shared arroz con leche (rice with milk). This dessert tasted amazing with the flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg in conjunction with being served warm. I think the dish seemed very similar to tapioca pudding, but tastier.

After eating way too much food, everyone had the opportunity to walk around the area and read signs discussing the history of Costa Rica.

Later on, everyone gathered as a group and Angie and Leydí discussed the upcoming month’s schedule of excursions, classes, and cultural activities.

Afterwards, all of the Sol students learned how to play some traditional Costa Rican children’s games before heading back to the university. There, mamá tica picked up Sheri, Emely (another Sol student), Reyna (another Sol student), and I yo to head back to the house.

For the rest of the day, Sheri and I sat on the porch outside talking and petting the dogs before eating dinner with our tico family.

See you here on Friday for a recap of my first week of school!

Leave a positive impression,
Sydney xo

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