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Knowing that we had an orientation meeting at 12.30, we (by we I mean; me and Geri, and the two guys who's dorm weâ€™d invaded because "ours was too wet") set an alarm for 10.30 because we wanted to try to do some of our required shopping with Lauren's assistance before the meeting. But we awoke to Geri exclaiming that it was ten past twelve. So we quickly got up and rushed to the lobby to find Lauren milling around and about to go for breakfast at the hotel's restaurant.
Slightly confused, we joined her. Looking at the menu we wondered aloud if they would still be serving breakfast, at which point Lauren pointed out that it was only 10 o'clock.
So first things first, Lauren took us to get Costa Rican money from the Scotiabank. After thirty attempts of taking 50 colones out of the ATM, she helped me to get the 50,000 colones I wanted. We paid her back, and she took us to buy gumboots from the plastico store (insert humorous recount of shop assistants making fun of Aaron's large feet, and his foot getting stuck in a too-small boot), and mosquito nets from the market.
Upon our return to Hotel America we were greeted by Dani and the others from the group that had been in Costa Rica 5 days earlier for the Spanish Lessons.
After orientation I took Dani and her friend from Spanish lessons, Jay, to buy boots and mosquito nets, and they took me to get lunch. After getting only slightly lost we made it to a lovely little cafe/restaurant, where Dani and Jay managed to use their genius Spanish skills to order us fantastic sandwiches and guava juice.
I followed Dani and Jay around Central Park and its random cow statues and creepy squirrels to the post office, where I watched a woman wrap 300 metres of tape around her package while Dani sent off a letter to her dad. We met Arlie and Jackson, who had been at the Spanish lessons and would be in our project group, outside the post office, and they were eating ice creams, so Jay lead the way to the ice cream store, because I "had" to try a Pops ice cream.
At 4 we had our project meeting back at the hotel, where we basically just learnt what time to be ready tomorrow morning. After a short search for Jay, a short attempted journey (what were we thinking, Dani has no directional ability), a return to the hotel and another short search for Jay, we eventually found Jay, and she led the way to her and Dani's host family's house. On the way we were hit by the random "afternoon rain" they had explained at orientation, and saw a crazily large house, a creepy black church and hundreds of people lining up for buses. Really, they were everywhere.
After finishing off the night with ruining any reputation Dani had managed to build up over the last 5 days by showing her family and friend the Debbie in Dwellingup video on her host brother's computer, her host mum drove us back to the hotel via the ridiculous and terrifying Costa Rican roads.