I’ve been in my new home for three weeks now. It actually feels like I’ve been here for longer…
I met so many great people who stayed at the hostel. My ties with my host family have gotten stronger, more family-like. My Spanish skills have improved (getting used to their accent here was quite the challenge for me). I’m starting to be a familiar face to the grocery store staff and to some neighbours who always seem to be outside when I walk by… Amicable “Holà! Buenos días!” are now exchanged with friendly smiles. I have taken on new tasks at the hostel. I got used to everyday life here and the culture – appreciating its differences and simplicities. I got used to (sort of) the bugs, the barking dogs, etc.
There are some things that you just don’t get used, though: the birds, the beauty of the jungle and the sounds of howler monkeys, to name a few. I still hold my breath every time I hear them, not to miss a decibel. Fun fact: did you know you could hear howlers up to 5km away?
On another note, I finally spent a few hours at the beach yesterday (first time since I’m here!) to catch some rays and relax with a book and some chips. I splurged and bought a tube of Pringles which cost about 6$ here! I have to say, having such expensive chips is a good method of craving-control!
Since I didn’t really take any pictures since my last post, here are shots of my time at the beach yesterday with my awesome Pura Vida hat (which I got for free when I bought beer). Lol
Pura Vida y Feliz Navidad!