Monday, January 10, 2011

First Day of school

Today was our children's first day of school at SoJourn Academy in Costa Rica. Our middle child Kevin, woke up early (5:30am) and was dressed and had his bed made before our alarm went off at 6:00. We were out the door by 7:00 am and even had time to stop at PPK (pan por kilo) for a miniature donut before classes started at 7:25. Our walking time is about 15 minutes one way - especially with the kids carrying their backpacks.

The school has uniform shirts which cuts down on the amount of clothing necessary to bring here, although the kids aren't all that enthused about it yet. The above photo is taken outside of our gate. Each morning we unlock 3 padlocks to untangle the chains that our landlord keeps on his gate. Although crime is not very high - especially where we live -everyone is cautious and bars, gates, padlocks and razor wire are very common around here.

This past weekend (our first one here) we went to the "ferria" or market to stock up on fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes, watermelon, lemons and avocado grow in abundance here. We felt very ignorant at times because of the number of items that we were not familiar with. Many times in our broken Spanish we asked if that item was a fruit or a vegetable and then we would ask if it was sweet or bitter or spicy or bland. It was definitely a learning experience.

We met several families here that are in their second trimester and spent Saturday afternoon at the park with them. All of our children were able to meet other kids their age and have connected well. Sunday we attended church - we just chose one based on recommendations from other students. Of course we did not understand much of the message but the people were friendly. We had lunch with new friends and I learned a little bit about how Ticos cook their rice.

Today we met our Empleada (maid). It is expected that as an outsider you will have house help. I am most thankful for that as I have yet to figure out what Costa Rican cooking is all about. Lidia will be helping to cook for and with us as well as help us with language study while she is here. We look forward to starting classes tomorrow. Eric and I are not in any of the same classes but we were happy to see that we are in the higher end of the beginners. Our tutoring (gracias Laura!) in the States has paid off.

Many of the side streets here in Costa Rica have guards by the corners and we met ours yesterday. Enrique is very friendly, a Christian, and can't wait for us to visit him in his little shack with our homework so that he can help us. We have found that most people will go out of their way to assist you if you show the slightest bit of interest in their city or language.

Looking forward to writing the next blog in Spanish! Well maybe not the next one. :)

1 comment:

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