Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Hola everyone, sorry it took me so long to find an internet cafe. Im just outside cartago, way up in the mountains so we have to walk 4 miles to town to even find a phone. I had a pretty uneventful flight but it was so so long, i think it was about 15 hours. I absolutly love my volunteer placement, i work in an elderly home and i give facials, massages and manicures to the women all day, beleive me they have it made! I also feed the really wweak people. Got punched yesterday because no one told me that the man i was feeding had major issues with women, so that was fun. I just absolutly love the people there, they are teaching me spanish from bingo and animal cards. I actually accidently told them in spanish that i was pregnant instead of embarrassed, so they got very excited and wanted to make me baby clothes, until i figured out a way to get over that no i was not pregnant. They were very dissapointed. I have the most wonderful guy helping me out or just hanging around me for a bit, his name is Adrian, and yes Emma he is muy bonito, He is wonderful and helps me get everywhere during the day. My Spanish is awful and his English is broken so we get very good at signing. Te staff here are absolutly incredible, they make the best food ever, yes uncle Nicky, rice and beans every day. The fruit is the most amazing thing in the world, i swear they go down the street and pick it off the tree.
The house is great i share a room with a couple other girls and i was a bit surprised to see the kind of people that were here. Most of them are heavy partiers, but i made friends with a couple of them who wern`t into that whole scene. Don`t worry Mummy I still have some sense. This weekend we have rented a hotel near the base of the Arenal volcano, there are some gorgous rainforests and we are actually finding a way to go canopy touring. As some may imagine Costa Rica is absolutly gorgous, just outside is the la fortuna volcano, it supposedly is active all year round and at night we see the lava or hot rock.
Accessibilty wise it`s Central America so my wheelchair has been doing very good off roading, in fact i have it tied with a bungie cord to the internet cafe so no one will steal it. Of course 90 % of the time i cant get in places so the group has been helpful and when i go out alone strangers are so friendly. I think i`ve lost about 15 pounds just trying to get in and out of public restrooms and getting around town. Jose and the rest of the staff are absolutly incredible, they rented and accessible cab for the entire 5 weeks so i can even use it on weekend trips.
Everything is so vibrant and colorful, I`m waking up at 6:30 everymorning to a bright orange room so I don`t know what i`m going to do when i get back home.
We went to the Orosi valley today and it was picturesque, we saw the most beautiful birds in the rainforests and went to a 16th century church. It`s amazing how faithful Costa Ricans are to the Catholic Church, we live right near the Bascillica, which is a huge church that people walk for days to come to. It`s quite moving.
>Anyway, it`s about 10:00 so walking back any later might not be to fun. ยด
Love you all, and thank you so much for your messages.


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Hi Megan,
I'm glad you are having a great time in Costa Rica. If you get a chance to post pictures along the way I'm dying to see some.

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