How far did we travel this week?
167 kilometers = 104 miles
How far have we traveled on our journey so far?
631 kilometers = 392 miles
How did we get around this week?
This trip was with my program so we took our small, private bus with our favorite bus driver, Carlos! Carlos goes on all of our program excursions with us. What a cool job! He gets to stay where we stay and go with us to sites such as Manuel Antonio.
What was the most interesting place we visited this week?
Manuel Antonio National Park. All of the locals in Heredia have told me that this is one of their favorite beaches. Probably because it is the most clean because it is a national park. There is also a lot of wildlife!
This Week’s Travel News: (short story about what happened this week)
While we were on the beach in Manuel Antonio, we were told to make sure someone was always watching our things because they could get stolen. You might first think that they were warning me about people stealing, but they were actually talking about monkeys! The monkeys are very playful and they love that there are a lot of people at the park. They like to steal your food and throw it back and forth with each other as a game. I even heard that they like to take hats and wear them! I did not see any monkeys steal our clothes and wear them or play with our food. This is a good thing, but also it would have been really funny to see.
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How was the weather this week?
When you are closer to the beach, it is hotter than when you are closer to the mountains, as is my city of Heredia. It was quite warm on the beach, but that gave me more of an excuse to be in the water. The ocean is very relaxing.
What animals did we see this week?
There were many different animals at Manuel Antonio! I saw iguanas, monkeys, deer, crabs, and a lot of scavenging raccoons!
What was the coolest thing we saw in nature this week?
This week’s nature news: (a short story)
Imagine that you are lying on the beach, your eyes are close, you are completely relaxed when you hear some movement behind your head. You think that it is just the wind blowing the leaves of the trees. All of the sudden, someone screams. You jump up and look behind you to find a huge iguana! It was terrifying! I have seen iguanas before. I even had one a s a pet when i was younger, but this iguana was about three feet long! It was the biggest iguana that I have ever seen in my life. Everyone gathered to take pictures. One of the guys even went up to touch it and it took off running. It was so fast! I was very surprised because the one that I had as a kid was very slow. This iguana was also so large that I did not expect it to be able to run that fast.
What languages are spoken here?
Spanish, English, and the language of the animals of the forest.
What type of money is used here?
Colones or dollars.
How much does a bottle of water cost?
I did not see any stores where they sold water bottles.
What was the best meal this week?
My host mom made pasta with garlic bread. It was delicious! Let me tell you though, the sauce was different. They call it “salsa blanca” which means white sauce, but it is NOT Alfredo sauce. It’s good, but definitely different.
What music did we listen to this week?
I listened to a lot of Spanish music.
What activity was the most fun this week?
We went white water rafting at Manuel Antonio!
What did I read this week?
I read a magazine in Spanish on the bus ride.
What games or sports did I play?
If it counts as a game, I went swimming!
This week’s news: (short story)
We got the opportunity to do something extremely fun- white water rafting! I have a video that my roommate took on her GoPro camera, which is waterproof. You can attach it to your head while white water rafting. We had to wear helmets and life jackets because there were rocks in the river. The boats were not very big. They were also inflatable. Each boat had a guide and four people in it. They taught us how to paddle correctly and off we went! The river that we were on was not very intense at first. They rank the strength of the rapids in numbers, 1 being calm and 5 being very, very intense. At first, we went down the river only coming in contact with level 1 rapids, but eventually they got more intense. The highest that we experienced was a level 3, but that enough for me because it was my first time! It was so much fun! I didn’t even fall out of the boat once!