Saturday, July 21, 2007

Our First Week!!

Hello All! We now have finished the first of our five week trip. Things have gone very well so far. Everyone has gotten along well with their families and we have met some great friends (other students and workers at El Rancho also). Today the five of us (Jorge, Juan, Jeanine, Christina and Zack) went to a coffee plantation to check out how coffee is processed from a fruit to a drink. It was fairly interesting but a solid experience overall. Tomorrow we are heading to the Rio Pacure where it has been said the most scenic white water rafting in Central America occurs. The town we live in, Guacima, is considered semi-rural, but even Christina, who is from rural upstate NY, considers Guacima a very rural place. School is pretty intense starting at 8 am and going until 3:30 pm with a two hour break. Meanwhile, the sites the other members are volunteering at seem to be very exciting. We are all adjusting well and are learning about a culture much different from our own. We decided to attach a quick excerpt from an email recently written by one of our members, Zack. We hope you enjoy!

"In addition to the children we have four dogs, three horses, one cow, one parakeet and about a billion chickens and roosters. To give you an example of how crazy things are check this out. I came home this afternoon and left the door open by accident. My Mami Tica (tica/tico = person from Costa Rica) screamed for me to get into the kitchen. I walked into the kitchen and the cow was standing next to the oven and sink. We both started laughing so hard that we startled the cow and he tried to run out of the house. Since the floor is tile, the cows' hooves had some traction trouble, which only made the situation more hilarious. Finally we directed him out of the house as my Mami Tica told me the next time I left the door open she was going to smack me."

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