Thanks to the wonderful bel
, I have a new layout: nebulia nebulia nebulia
It's quite nice, I approve. XDDD Only problem is my icon doesn't match the colors on the layout, XD, but whatev. Dude, I'm not THAT anal.
Right. So, you know, I realized I should probably update my Costa Rica status. Which I'm doing. Right now.
So, I've been here for almost two months, and this weekend, I managed to conquer public transportation. As in, a bus, not a taxi. I caught one downtown, and then took it to the mall. I was exceedingly pleased with myself, especially since I never use public transportation at home. EVER. The dart system in Des Moines is...not rapid transit, let's put it that way. It doesn't help that the nearest stop to my house is a good half of a mile away, and across two crazyinsane roads. Yeah. I am NOT doing that, thanks so much.
People here are like, "Why'd you take the bus when you live a mile and a half from your house?" Yeah, well, with 40 lbs of books on my back in 10 degree weather (or less) for four months out of the year, a forty-minute walk is not my style. And then they say, "Well, why don't you bike?" And obviously, they haven't gone biking when it's -2 out, because your chains freeze. And then you're walking anyway. Hence, school bus.
But anyway, I've got some pretty good friends now. My roommate's not so bad (speaking of, she's been in Puerto Viejo all weekend, she should be home soon), and I've got three other friends I really like. One of them is SO COOL; she moved from Japan to Nebraska to go to school, without her family, knowing NO English. That was three years ago. Now she's pretty much fluent. It's incredible. And her Spanish is excellent too; she's really, really good. She's majoring in international relations, with an emphasis in diplomacy and conflict resolution. I think she's gonna save the world. XDDDD
One of the other girls is a huuuuge manga geek, and we both love Kenshin, so that's pretty sweet. And CLAMP, we both love CLAMP, though I'm waaaay more of a CLAMP whore than she is.
Spanish class is going well; I'm learning okay. I've been having conversations with my host mom, so I think I'm picking it up. I still can't understand when they talk so fast, but I'm working on that. I need to improve my vocab.
Last weekend and the weekend before I went to Arenal and Monteverde, respectively. Arenal is a volcano, the third most active in the world. It erupts 5-6 times an hour, and at night you can see the glow of the lava, which is sweet. During the day, you can see the smoke, and, if you know what to look for, the lava flows as well. We took a hike around the mountain and it was really cool. Monteverde is a cloud forest and it was cool and beautiful there. Soooo green, because there are a lot of epiphytes, and everything was covered in moss and vines. It was gorgeous. I loved them both, even more than I loved Bocas del Toro in Panama.
So, that's the basic news in Costa Rica right now. I need to start updating more about it, XD