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The End of Costa Rica/Beginning of Paraguay
September 29, 2009, 10:04 pm
Filed under: Costa Rica, Paraguay

Dear friends,

One of the downsides to Latin America is the lack of internet. Unfortunately, I have not been able to upload for the past few days, because I couldn’t get online. I really wanted to post something before I left Costa Rica, but I haven’t had the time. Now I am safe and sound in Paraguay, but I still want to recount the last few details of Costa Rica before I move on.

Costa Rica… is amazing. I am missing all of the fruit already (especially avocado). This weekend, I went to a whole bunch of beaches with my good friend Rachel (who was on the CRC tour with me last year through Asia). We stopped shortly at Dominical, moved on to Bahaina (I think it was called?), this GORGEOUS ocean that no one really knows about. We ended our beach tour at Manuel Antonio, the most famous beach in Costa Rica- and I can understand why. The water is GORGEOUS, there are beautiful green islands not far from the shore, there are all kinds of waves and fun things to do- and there was fruit, fruit galore! White pineapple, yellow pineapple, coconut juice, watermelon… oh Costa Rica, you will not believe how much I miss you right now… I literally felt as though I was in paradise. If I was the kind of person who didn’t have a care in the world, I would move straight to Manuel Antonio and just live on that beach, all day, every day.

Back in Heredia, I said my goodbyes. I said farewell to my amazing homestay family, who I am truly going to miss. I said goodbye to my teachers at Global College, and the students, who I am missing right now. It was very hard for me to leave the Center. I hadn’t realized I had gotten so attached to it, but I have. The teachers are all so amazing, the students are all so interesting, and there is never a dull moment at our school. It was very hard for me to get up and leave it all, to move on to Paraguay.

And suddenly, here I am, now in Paraguay! I thought both planes were going to crash (mostly because I had the GENIUS idea of reading the 9/11 Commission Report right before my flight, which gives all the details on how someone can hijack a plane), but I finally made it here, at 2:15 AM. My VERY first impression getting off of the flight was not good. The immigration line takes about 10 minutes per person- I have never in my life gone through such a slow process. The conveyer belt congested full of baggage was nothing more than a tiny roll-around that had to be pushed by a Paraguayan man. I almost cried with relief when I saw my field advisor, who graciously came to pick me up with her son.

On the way to the intern house, she kept emphasizing on how there was nothing to do here. I immediately felt a little panicked. Here I was, coming to a place for an extended period of time, where there is absolutely nothing to do and nowhere to go. I was staying in an intern house with only two other people, and one of the was leaving in a few weeks. I had no friends in Paraguay that I could count on for support. That and the internet aspect (which was severely limited until a few hours ago) made me feel incredibly shut off from everyone and everything. I don’t think that I have ever had such a bad first vibe from a country that I’ve made first contact with. My friend Rachel thinks that I am possibly suffering from bad culture shock, which could very well be the case. I suppose I’m just not used to it since I haven’t really felt it much from the other 13 countries I’ve gone to. It doesn’t help that I went to the supermarket today and there was such an absence of fruit that I felt a huge hole in my stomach. This is definitely not Costa Rica. I bought a HUGE avocado today, the largest I’ve ever seen, because I wanted to make guacamole (the kind that my host mother makes in Costa Rica, surprise surprise?). The avocado was so hard it wouldn’t even cut properly. Fail. As the day went on today I started feeling worse and worse… after finally connecting to the internet for a few hours and talking to friends, I have started feeling a little better. I suppose I should go unpack so I can feel as though I have ‘settled in.’

Paraguay? I have no idea what to think about it yet. I am not really sure what I am doing here. I hope that when my internship starts tomorrow I’ll remember.

Until then,

Brittany


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