Heredia (5/28/06-6/2/06) - host family/Intercultura
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May 28th, 2006 – by: smhirsch
Anyway, I was in Heredia to take part in the optional week of Spanish lessons offered through ISV prior to my 2 weeks volunteer project.
The Spanish lessons were offered at Intercultura, which teaches both Spanish and English. Many of the non-Tico (Costa Rican) students attending classes were living in the school and were there for at least a month, taking classes for credit in their home schools. Even though I had taken Spanish in high school, I forgot a lot of it and ended up in one of the lower levels of classes. I could have switched to a higher level had I wanted to, but my teacher was awesome and I quickly made friends with the other students in my class (5 out of the 7 of us were there with ISV).
As part of the Spanish lessons, Intercultura offered dance lessons, which I took part in every morning before class. I'm so terrible at it but it was so much fun. We learned how to salsa, merenge, cumba as well as a few other traditional dances. It was a really fun way to start the day.
One of the coolest parts of Heredia was the central market. You can get just about anything you could ever want in this place.
Like most college aged kids exploring a new place and left to themselves in the evening/night, we went out and had some fun. Just about every night, we ended up at a bar called Boulevar. It was really cool...with the front all open and not too many people during the week (we had nothing better to do past 7pm and most of us didn't have class until noon).
We also discovered a great Italian restaurant called Pan y Vino, that had probably the best pizza I have ever had...and I'm from Long Island, NY...I know good pizza. They also had this incredible dessert that was like a crêpe with nutella inside and vanilla/hazelnut ice cream on top. I'm starting to drool just thinking of it...
Friday morning was graduation, where everyone who passes the test for their level of class gets to move up a level...however, all of us ISV kids were heading out after graduation to Hotel America, and then on to our volunteer projects. Hotel America is pretty cool in that there are rooms that can fit up to 6 people. When we got there, we just signed ourselves up in rooms with our friends and then made our way to wherever we had picked. All of the people who had just finished their volunteer projects were also staying in Hotel America, as well as everyone else who was heading to projects who had not taken the optional week of Spanish lessons. I met a girl who had just come from the Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve (where I was headed at 5am the next day) who gave me and Whitney (the only other person who took the Spanish lessons who was on my project) some pointers about which rooms were better at the lodge and told us about the kids who live on the reserve, as well as the town (Puerto Viejo de Limón) nearby the reserve. She also let us know a bit more about what we were actually going to be doing for the next two weeks. More on that to come...
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