donderdag 25 oktober 2012

passed the 100 days milestone!


Day 98,el Sabado 21 de octubre 2012 22:55
AHHHH YEAH!
today there were so many good things! In the morning I joined my hostmoms walking group, we walked about 5KM to a river and rested there, watching some presentation about clean water, and then we walked back. The walking was really nice and I got to know more of my living area, but way more important is the following. The leader of this walking group works at the University of Costa Rica, and he told me that they have a WATERPOLO TEAM!!!!!! They train every Saturday morning and he is going to arrange for me that I can train with them; as well he would talk to the national selection. This make me so indescribable happy! Finally I can do my beloved sport again! I didn’t do waterpolo since the first of july so that makes almost 4 months. It drives me crazy but now I’m back! I hope next Saturday will be my first training!
In the afternoon I went to the restaurant to Skype with my family, my internet at home is broken, which actually just means that my neighbor’s internet is broken. I skyped 1,5 hour with my parents, my brother and my sisters. It made me feel really good since I didn’t Skype for so long!
Later I went to my grandmother’s house because I forgot my key, and they told me I could always go there, and my hostmom was there anyways. The main event of the day was at 5, my first step to fame. Last week I got asked to be in this really cool Dutch radio program called ‘the world of Filemon’ here Filemon, (the coolest Dutch presentator there is asks Dutch people all around the world some questions. I got called by a lady who put me on hold so I just listened to the radio. Then it was my turn to talk, I managed to introduce myself with a heartbeat close to 200. Then they hang up on my and 10 minutes later it was my turn again, I was a bit more relaxed but still nervous. I talked about Tattoos and Piercings in Costa Rica, and later I talked about the Costa Rican toilets. I enjoyed it a lot, I love to tell about Costa Rica and it is even better because BNN is a really cool media thingy and all of The Netherlands could have heard me! I think I can listen to it again but I have to search for that.

Day 99, el Domingo 21 de octubre 2012 22:02
My inspiration for titles is running out.
I had a nice and long sleep until 9:30 or something that became pretty late for me! If I would have woken up at 9 on a Sunday in The Netherlands I would have turned around a few more times. I went to my favorite internet restaurant after a nice rice and beans breakfast. Being in the restaurant again so much made me feel like the first weeks here. I was very happy to see some nice messages through facebook about my radio performance yesterday. Too bad it wasn’t uploaded on the internet yet. Furthermore I skyped with my sister in Canada, she might be coming to visit me here! I would really like that and I’d love the plan trips for her and show how much I know about Costa Rica. Also I cannot wait to show my Spanish skills to my friends and family when I come back in The Netherlands but to do that I have to wait 6,5 month more, sounds so short though.
Furthermore I lunched at my grandmothers with uncles and aunts, and we searched for a house. My hostmom wants to move out of the city, she wants to live closer to the nature. And…. She also wants a pool in the new house, when I asked if those are just dreams she said that they are not dreams and that it is possible. So I hope if we move we will move as soon as possible!  
In the night I watched the Avengers with my hostmom and lil bro, they like movie nights J some day we are going to watch all Harry Potter movies! Just like in The Netherlands!






Day 100, el Lunes 22 de octubre 2012 21:19
One hundred days in Costa Rica
One hundred days, what does that say? 100 days can be interpreted in many ways, in my life it is 1,5% and for my time in Costa Rica it is a shocking 30%. I’m really bad in interpreting the time of an amount of days, also because the days just pass so quickly now. I can remember my 50 days report, and thinking: ‘what should I be writing within 50 days?’ But I think we can all agree that a lot of time has passed here in Costa Rica.  But way more important, that there are more as 200 days waiting with a lot of memories and adventures ahead!
Of these 100 days I spent the first 7 in a camp in San José, one of the best weeks of my life. There I met a lot of inspiring people, and a lot of my new best friends.  I enjoyed this week so much, it is indescribable. The next 47 days I spent in my first family. And the last 46 days I spent in my current family.
In my first family an experienced a huge culture shock, I noticed all of the culture differences and they just hit me like a rock, a huge cultural rock. To describe the first week I have to quote JD from the television series: ‘scrubs’; it was an emotional rollercoaster. The family was not totally what I expected. But meanwhile I was having a time of my life! I finally arrived in the beautiful Costa Rica, the adventure where I waited more as 9 months for! I have always tried to keep good relationships with this family and I have always tried to solve all my problems. But after 40 days it came to an end. I was and still am sure that they have stolen my money, and I put it to a stop, it sounds a bit egoistic but that is not what I, or any other exchange students deserves as a host family. I found a new family and left this, sadly enough I did not leave this old family in peace, but neither had I left them with a lot of sorrow. And now, looking back on this first period I realize that the culture shock and the lack of my Spanish also made this first part a lot harder.
So I moved in with a teacher of my school, I didn’t know her before but she is a friend of my tourism teacher Erika, she arranged everything for me, something where I will always be thankful for. I moved in to this new family, thinking it is just temporary until I find another family. Without the culture shock and better Spanish it was way easier in the new family, things I didn’t like in my old family are being done here now as well, but now I do understand them and that makes it a lot easier. After a few weeks it became clear that I could stay in this family for the whole year. So now here I am, in a house that I can call home, but it still is a second home, Gouda will always be my hometown.
These are mainly the events which occurred with my family here. But besides family I also have school life. It just since the last 2 weeks that I finally feel adapted in my school. I know all the customs and I know how it works, this really helps me adapt into the Costa Rican culture. I did got used to the culture, I changed to understand and live in this culture, but I am not fully adapted into this culture, I want to but that will take some more time.
Furthermore about school: I got a few good friends and the classes itself are nice as well. The school is in almost no way equal to my school in the Netherlands. The students are crazier, and  unfortunately a bit more immature. The school also goes by the code ‘pura vida’, like everything in Costa Rica. This means that in school we don’t work that hard, and that we are happy. The teachers are closer to the students, and are like friends, they are equal but they do have authority. The thing that is the same as in the Netherlands are the exams, they are important and the people take them serious. Another change is that I go with the school bus every day, this takes a bit of your freedom to go to or to leave school, I miss my bike.
Another big part of a cultural exchange is of course learning another language. I can proudly say that I learned Spanish. It feels so weird, another language I use it every day but still it doesn’t feel like my language. But that will come. I learned Spanish, but I learned the Costa Rican Spanish. I use words like: ‘mae’, ‘pura vida’ and ‘wéon’ I make almost every word smaller: ‘pancito’ or ‘cafecito’ like the Ticos do as well, but I do not call myself a Tico. I still am an ‘extrañero’. But I hope that someday I can call myself a Tico.
But the most important that changed, is changing and will change more, is myself. I think different, I think more open, I think different about a lot of things, and I simply just think more. My interest in music changed a bit, my interest in sports has changed, I opened myself up to a new sport and new I found it, Taekwondo now is a of my Costa Rican life and it will be a part of my life in The Netherlands as well. And I have changed my view on a lot of things. I experienced to famous saying: ‘you don’t know what you have until it’s gone.’ This goes for everything, from family members, to my favorite places, friends and a lot of little things, material and non-material. And I cannot wait to show the ´new Bram´ to all my friends and family in The Netherlands.
In these 100 days I have seen different ways of life, better ways of life, and worse ways of life. The good and bad of Costa Rica. I have seen animals, plants and places which are breathtaking. I met inspiring people, I met bad people. I made new friends. I helped people, and people helped me, helping is a thing which I started to like a lot in my life, something I did not do that much in The Netherlands. I learned how to see life in I different way, from now on I will be optimizing this way of seeing the world. I will have more adventures and I will keep going with living my biggest dream. The American dream? Bitch please, I prefer the Costan Rican dream!
I tried to describe my first 100 days, but something’s are just impossible to describe, not with words, nor pictures. And some other things, I don’t even understand them myself. But you don’t have to understand everything, you can enjoy it anyways. And that is what I have to keep telling myself, enjoy it! Enjoy everything and keep learning from every experience you have here. Every minute, every hour, every day I spent here cannot be lived again, and I should not waste this valuable time!

Day 101,el Martes 23 de octubre 2012 20:59
Teacher protest!
Woohoo today was a free day! I’m getting used to those 4 school day weeks! I spent some time in the restaurant, I listened to my radio broadcast and I read an e-mail about the next broadcast, maybe I can speak again!
In the evening I went to Taekwondo practice, I’m still not that good, and I’m still enjoying it a lot, also I made friends through Taekwondo. On the second of the December I have a tournament in Heredia that will be awesome.
Also there was another earthquake today, a 6.6 magnitude. I didn’t feel it that much because I was in Taekwondo practice, jumping and kicking like a madman!
Yesterday I noticed something about the Costa Ricans, they are very racist.  I already noticed that Chinese people are called ‘Chinos’ and black people ‘Negro’s’ but that is no problem, they introduce themselves that way. What is a problem is that they are really negative about black people. When I asked if the Caribbean side is nice they said: ‘no there are too many black people there’ and I was like wooooow are you serious? Another example, when I told them that a have been in Berlin they asked me: ‘But Germany is really dangerous’ when is asked ‘why’ somebody responded: ‘because of the Nazi’s’ this shocked me pretty much, I don’t know if they really are racist or just never had good education about this. I’m glad that they are not racist against me, I do not get called ‘blancho’ or something, they do call me ‘Holandese’ or ‘extrañero’ but not in a negative way.

Day 102, Wednesday 23th of October 2012
Keep doing stuff is important!
In school we learned about the native Costa Ricans, but of the 9 hours spent in school I think we actually spent time on this subject for at most 3 hours. We mostly have ´recreo´ the Spanish word for break, these breaks last from 5 minutes to more as an hour.
After school I went with Fabio to Orotina centro, I accompanied him with buying meat, and I went to my favorite panadaria. These panadarias are dangerous, I´m getting fat. Ofcourse will I never get really fat, you know it still is me. But it´s just that I´m not that skinny anymore, but that probably is good anyway.
When I got home I drank coffee, as always I really like this we always talk about stuff and it is better as doing nothing. With the coffee there were Tamales. This is a typical meal, they are a sort of maisgelatine with meat and vegetables in it, I don’t like them that much but everybody here goes crazy about it!
After the drinking coffee I did nothing, and that is exactly what I have to prevent, because when you do nothing, you get homesick. I made it even worse by reading old text messages. I realized how much I actually liked my time at my Dutch school and I missed my friends for the first time. Luckily I have a good resistance against homesickness, so I didn’t feel like bad or something. But the point is, keep doing something!
Today I read in my e­-mail about a trip to Limon, the Caribbean coast, I am dying to go there, but December is an expensive month so I have to think about that, and I might have other plans. 

zaterdag 20 oktober 2012

Surfing 'n' Shopping!


Dia 91, el sabado 13 octubre 2012 21:11
‘El Puerto’
I went to ‘el puerto’ today, but first I’ll write about yesterday since I didn’t write yesterday. I didn’t have to go to school because I was so tired.
About this culture day thingy, it was at my hostbrothers school, but more if the primary school part, where my little brother goes. All grades had their own country and represented those. My lil hostbro had Congo and they had all this African clothe and presentations. It was nice. I felt a bit sad that my school didn’t do anything because I would have loved to tell them about The Netherlands and our culture, that way I would get less questions as well :’) I do like getting these questions though. After this I watched Dexter and The Netherlands soccergame at home, it felt so good to watch a game of them again, my family didn’t watch with me because my hostbro had to study and my parents to work, I hope I will watch a game with them sometime because it’s a big part of my culture! Also I went to the photography store to get the underwater pictures done, can’t wait to get those! And while I was there I also went to the pet shop next door and I’m thinking about buying myself some baby turtles!
In the night I get picked up by Rebeca, my new IEC and we picked Ruth to change her family. Her new family gave a welcome BBQ and we watched the Costa Rica – El Salvador game, Costa Rica won! So that means we are in the last round to get into the world championships, I really hope they make it and that CR will be playing against the Netherlands because we are always fighting we is better! This BBQ was really nice, my first BBQ here and it is completely the same! I got home at like 11 so went to sleep directly since 11 is pretty late.
Sooo about today, I got up around 8 had breakfast, got ready and went to the busstop. The busride took about 1,5 hour and I spent my time by talking to some other people in the bus and the busdriver. I went to a place called ‘El Roble’ there lives a friend and it is really close to Puntarenas, in Costa Rican slang Puntarenas is called ‘El puerto’ – the harbor. I went to see ‘el roble’ and her house. Here we drank a iced coffee and took a bus to Puntarenas city. First we went to all cool stores, most were surfer stores with nice and very cheap stores, I didn’t buy any clothes though. Then we walked on the Boulevard where are other, more tourist orientated shops, with bracelets and anckle bracelets, they are really popular here. I bought the movie ‘Ted’ for €1,50 a turtle made out of shells for €0,80 and a nice watch for €3, It all is really cheap! I have no idea where they get there prices from here, somethings are so expensive, others so cheap. Furthermore we walked on the beach, ate ice cream and drank more milkshakes and iced coffees, they just so damn good here! I swam a bit but the sea wasn’t that nice.
Overall I had an other amazing day here in Costa Ricaaaa!

Day 92, el Domingo 14 octubre 2012 21:4
3 months in Costa Ricaa! =D
A big smiley face, that is what my first 3 months in Costa Rica deserve! I planned to write a big story today about my first 3 months but I rescheduled that to next week, to make it a first 100 days story. When I did my first 50 days story I thought about doing my 100 day story, but that is all for next week!
Today I went again to Desmonte to my Uncle Geylor, not Helor as I wrote before. I love it there, everything is so fresh and clean, to air the nature it all is so nice! Also you can see the sea from there, which is like 50 kilometres away! They say that from vulcano Irazu you could see both of the seas, that would be unbelieveable!
If I go to Desmone, which I do almost every weekend I eat and cook a lot, so I did today again. First I ate delicious rice and some mixed vegatables with deepcooked platanos, good but not that amazing, they are still vegetables. Later the better stuff came, I made a pancake pie, with hot chocolate fudge sauce and helped my uncle with Chicharrones. Both were delicious and very much admired by the others! Furthermore we watched the film ‘Ted’ which I bought yesterday.
It was a nice and easy day here in Costa Rica!




Day 93, el lunes 15 octubre 2012 21:49
Surfing!
Wohoo finally surfed for the first time!! I don’t know why I waited 3 months to go surfing, I live close to surf paradise so that’s weird.. but I finally did it!
We went on a little trip with my new IEC to Jaco, here Romeyn, Henry and I rented a surfboard, just $10 a day so it is very cheap. First I failed really hurt and kinda gave up, but later I tried again and things were better, the waves were great and had a few good things, I planned to go again soon!
Over the last 2 weeks I met up with my exchange student friends a lot, and I’m pretty sure I will be doing that more often from now on, we do a lot of fun stuff together and they are amazing people, too bad that some of my best friends live so far though… L
Tomorrow I have to go to school again after this wonderful week of holiday!

Dia 94, el martes 16 octubre 2012 20:57
Kinda bad day.
Going to school again after around 10 days of being free was hard. I was extremely tired and we had all our morning classes for the first time, we even had music class! After lunch I had a chemistry exam and I went pretty well!
After the exam I went home because I had to go to the pharmacy to get my vaccination, but the vaccination didn’t arrive yet. Also I wanted them to check out my back since there is a weird and nasty spot on it and I want to know what it is. I’ll probably go with somebody from EF to a skin specialist to check out. I still am in Costa Rica and it is a tropical country with weird bugs so it might be anything. But please do not worry about me, it doesn’t hurt or irritate, I’m just going to be sure.
So I just went home to sleep a little, later I helped my lil bro with his English homework, which was pretty tiring as well. And later Taekwondo classes, since I was feeling a bit bad or sad for no specific reason I trained really hard and that helped, I’m actually feeling way better now.
I read or heard once that it is very normal to feel bad, sad or weird for no specific reason while on an exchange year, so I’ll just have a good sleep and I’ll how it is tomorrow!


Day 96, el Jeuves 18 octubre 2012 9:19
Vaccination? Check!
Good morning, my dear blogreaders  from The Netherlands, Costa Rica and the U.S.A. yes I wonder who is reading my blog from U.S.A though since over the last month 500 the 1100 pageviews are from the U.S.A. I feel flattered though!
Yesterday was I funny day in school, next week there’s an open day of the school and we have to promote our specialty, tourism. We are going to make a beach with animals and stuff. So we spent all day making turtles, crabs and octopuses and painting those in realistic and unrealistic colors, it was nice even though I suck in these things.
After school I went to the pharmacy to get my last vaccination, it went exactly the same as in The Netherlands, the nurse talks to me about random stuff, gives the injection and I keep talking and pretending I didn’t notice she already started. This was actually one of the things I was afraid for when I was back in The Netherlands, getting a vaccination in a poorer and tropical country, well yesterday I wasn’t scared about that anymore, so I lost those ideas! Also it was different because of the fact that this vaccination was specially sent to Orotina for me!
When I got home again, and yes I am writing home, because that’s how it feels now, still not a 100% Turfmarkt 106 will always be my first home, but who says you cant have 2? Anyways, when I got home I watched Harry Potter 7 part 2, beautiful movie such a big part of my youth, and of the youth of millions of other kids.
Today I am ill at home, I’m not feeling that well because of the vaccination yesterday.
Same day, 22:30
Just what I needed.
It was a good day, I slept very well, I slept un till 11:30 or something and after that I felt way better. I watched a movie on my laptop and just lied down in my bed, thinking about stuff, the whole experience so far, and about all kind of stuff. After the movie I went to my restaurant, I hadn’t been there for ages so it was kinda good to be back. I checked some things on the internet, and I read an email from the Dutch radio that I got accepted into their program! Very cool!! Later Ruth came as well and we talked a bit, Frida called and we talked as well. Later I helped my hostmother with cooking and we talked about all kind of stuff. The Dinner was very nice and we ate all together, which doesn’t happen that often. It all felt good.
This all was just what I needed, a good sleep, a good movie, an easy day doing nothing, time to think, good conversations with friends and quality time with family.
Day 97, vrijdag 20 oktober 22:00
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Today was a better day after a few a bit sad days. I enjoyed school, first we had a tourism exam which went well and later, we did some stuff for the openday which included cutting, gluing and painting. But I mostly enjoyed spending the time with my friends by talking and joking.
After school I was I bit bored, so I checked my photos from camp, what an amazing week has that been, a week to never forget. Later I watched some television with my hostmom, and ate dinner with the whole family, they asked questions about The Netherlands, I answered them, it is important to keep in mind that it is an cultural exchange, that means that I also have to share my culture, so I did today and that always makes me feel good!

vrijdag 12 oktober 2012

Panama!!


Day 90, vrijdag 12 oktober 2012  11:14
Panama!!!!!
Wow the Panama trip was amazing!! My first time in the Carribean! I’ll just start writing at the start, on Monday.
Monday I packed my bags, and took the bus to Esparza. After waiting in the park while chatting with some local girls (blond hair does miracles!). After a while I met Maxi and Adrian and we went to drink a smoothie, I took chocolate mint, delischous. ( I know the spelling, but it’s a inside joke you know). After this we went to pick up an other exchange girl, and we went to see their school. Pretty much like most private schools, small and nice. Then it started raining but we arranged to go to see the public school as well, don’t know why but they wanted to see it. When we arrived there, soaked by the rain we couldn’t enter because they had exams. So we went to have lunch at a pizzaria. There we met Romeyn, Henry, Kaarina and some local guy who is their friend, he was really nice and it was good to see my friends again. We chilled in this pizzaria, walked a bit through Esparza and drank more smoothies. In the night I went to Karolina’s house to have dinner there and after this we went to the park to get on the bus. I met a few more people who I didn’t see for a while but not that much.
The busride is a big and fun part of the trip. First we went to San José to meet the other bus and other people. I finally got to see a lot of my friends again really really nice! I switched bus so I could sit with Frida, Valentina, Lena, Henry, Henry, Eric, and some other, the bus was pretty crowded! Most of the time we spent talking about about all kind of stuff, and eating. Around 1:30 I fell asleep, not the most comfortable positions though, then around 3 I woke up because everybody was screaming and being crazy, there was a sloth climbing on a electric wire across the street, I didn’t get a picture but I hope somebody else does have. Then I couldn’t sleep anymore so we talked more and then we reached the border at 4:30. We couldn’t cross the border untill 7 so I tried to sleep a bit more, the border was pretty scary because I swear I saw people with big guns walking around our bus but that’s probably just me.. when I woke up I was like where the F am I? But I knew when I saw Ellie’s head popping into the bus. It was 6 so I sat in the sun and we waited. Crossing the border was way easier as I thought, we just filled out a form, showed our passports and walked across a creepy bridge. On the other side again passports, and we were ready. The busdriver vanished so we had to wait 1 more hour untill he came back. We drove 1 more hour and we were at the boat place. It was a cool carribean speedboot where 20 people fit in, and we went pretty fast to the island.
It was so cool to see the carribean, it is so different! The houses, the climate the plants everything is like the movies. At the island we had breakfast, got settled in the hotel and we went back to the boats, this time we went with a bit smaller but faster boat. It felt more like a lake because we were surrounded by islands. We went to Starfish Beach, made me think of ‘Oh Oh Cherso’ starbeach. This beach was very remote and there was just white beach, blue / green clear water and forest and a few cabins. It was soooo relaxed and the water was delicious! There were a lot of starfishes on the seafloor and we were just relaxing of the 16 hour travel we made. At 4 it was time to go back to the hotel, and around 4:30 we were there again. We had freetime untill the next morning so we changed our clothes and went to discover the villages, which is the most touristic hotspot of Panama. I went with Frida, Valentina and Lena to an  Italian restaurant and we ate some pizza.  After the pizza we got ice cream and went back to the hotel. At the hotel we met more people and we actually went back to this restaurant to chill at the bar. Most people left pretty quickly because they were tired but Eric, Henry and I stayed since it was a pretty nice bar. After this bar got a bit boring we walked around the village and found an other cool restaurant on the water, we had 1 drink there and went back to the hotel. In the hotel we chilled a bit in our rooms and went to sleep like at 1 because we didn’t have that much sleep.
The next morning we went to the boats again after having breakfast at the bakkery across the street, we had a small sandwhich, it was a small breakfast and I was hungry so I got more, I bought some cookies, cupcakes and cinnamon rolls, I cost me $1,50 yes, Panama is soooo cheap! We got into the boats at 9 and it took as half an hour to get to  a different spot, at this spot we went to see dolphins! We saw I few dolphins from distance but when we got closer they went away, but I saw I few jumping high out of the water though. And this 1 time the dolphins didn’t go away but swam with our boat! I sat at the front of the boat and could almost touch the dolphins!! Really really cool, to bad I just got 1 photo…
After the dolphin seeing we went to a in water restaurant to order lunch, and after this we went to an other small island. This island was amazing, just jungle, white beaches and clear water. We could snorkel and I was really really happy that I brought my underwater camera! I saw beautiful coral and amazing tropical fishes, I wonder how the photo’s will be. We stayed at this island pretty long and we walked around in like 1 hour. It was so beautiful and relaxed and perfect. Sadly we had to leave to island to have lunch, I just chilled in the hangmacks with some people since we didn’t buy lunch because it was way to expensive, instead we ate oreo’s! At this restaurant we swam a bit more and we justed the snorkel again, I had a lot of fun! Around 4 we left again to go back to the hotel. We had free time again untill the next morning. We went with a few people to an other beach just half an hour away, here we played like beachvolleyball and stuff and just relaxed in the water, Carribean water is really nice! We decided to go back when it got dark. At the hotel we changed clothes and went to a restaurant to have dinner, we went to the restaurant where we had drinks the day before. I had a delicious chicken salad. It was like 10 when we got back at the hotel, we wanted to go out at this amazing club which is in the water, and has like swings and a trampoline going in the water, so we got ready for this but then we didn’t get the permission since it was at an other island to bad.. Tosca and I decided to go to a bar and play pool, it was very nice because it felt so Dutch! When we walked back we felt pretty grown up, walking in Panama at night, with just 17 years of age. At the hotel most people were chilling in my room so we joined, it was pretty bad that we couldn’t go to this water palace club thingy.. but we enjoyed the rest of the night by just chilling in our room and doing some pranks. I fell asleep at like 3:30, so that meant pretty much the end of the trip.
In the morning we had 1 more breakfast and went to the boats the go back to our busses. The busride was cool again, this time at was at daytime so we didn’t sleep that much, again it was a lot of talking and eating. Frida got the good idea to play some games, so we played some games, we laughed a lot. After 7 hours of driving we got back to San José and here we had to see goodbye again, really sad, because I don’t know when I will see everybody again. After 1 hour more we were at Orotina and I was home again. I told my family all about the trip, which somewhere made me feel bad towards them but I don’t know about that. I went to bed at 8 because I was so tired!
This morning I woke up at 7 and I joined my hostmom and hostbrother to some sort of project of my little hostbrother at school because of culture day. I didn’t feel like going to be honest, I just wanted to sleep because I was so tired but I did go, just because they asked and I don’t wanna say no to stuff,especially when it is my family.
I enjoyed this  trip soooo much overall, just because it was in Panama, at the Carribean, at amazing island seeing and doing amazing things with amazing people! It especially were the people we made this trip so much fun, I actually really love some of the friends I made, and that makes everything so much better. I can always talk to them about everything and they make me feel good, they understand me and are just as crazy as I am sometimes!
These days are some to never forget!!

maandag 8 oktober 2012

Fame!



Day 84, el sabado 6 octubre 2012 10:05
2 day report
Yesterday and the day before i was pretty tired so didn’t write anything on my blog, so now I’ll do for it those days. Thursday was a long day in school with a lot of classes, and I was annoyed by some classmates, they weren’t annoying to me but just sooo immature, and I came here to become more mature. But I’m glad I found some goodfriends who are mature. On Friday at only had classes in the morning, so Skyped with my mom in the afternoon. Furthermore I went jogging, and I played soccer for the first time with my hostbro and some of it’s friends, I hope they will become my friends as well so I know more people around here. In the night again Taekwondo and nothing special more.
This morning I woke up at 7 because my hostmom had to leave and she always makes breakfast, that’s just the culture here but imma ask if she can teach me how to. I went back to sleep and woke up at 9:00 again to help in the garden.
Right now I’m looking for a house to sleep next Sunday since my host family has to go to the graduation party of my hostbro. I hope when I find somebody I can go there for the whole weekend!

Day 84, el sabado 6 octubre 2012 21:44
Weekend > weekdays
Yes, this is clear, weekends are way more fun as the weekdays! The weekdays are sometimes very long in school, and I don’t have time to do anything after school, except for Taekwondo that rocks on weekdays! But yes, evenings are different here, after 6 it is dark, and when it is dark it is dangerous. Going out alone is not advised. And because we sleep early that isn’t such profitable in time anyways.
About today, I woke up at 7 because my hostmom had to get her hair done at some place and because she is the mom she cooks, that’s the culture. It actually was one of my problem points in my old family, but now it is not, guess I adapted to that! Will be hard re-adapting though when I get back home, prepare yourselves! (Nah it will be okey, tranquillo.) I went to sleep a bit more, and woke up again to do some work in the garden. In the afternoon we first went to eat lunch at my grandmothers, she was kinda ill but better now! My uncle Miguel was there, and he brought me a huge bag of chocolates the take to Panama! These chocolates are delicious! We ate vegetarian food, and went back home. From here we went to somebody for my little brother, he had to do a interview with a good sporter from this area. We went to the 17 year old Costa Rican Taekwondo champion, who as well did well on the Pan-American championship. So cool that he lives here, and just 17 years old! As well there was his brother, a bit older he plays in the Orotina Futsalla team, who won the national cup 2 weeks ago!! It was very nice to meet them! Also I played a bit of PES with them, people play Xbox and Playstation here exactly the same, with a lot of screaming and fighting :D!
After this we went back to grandmothers for some coffee, I served them some nice cappuchino’s! something people don’t have here are espresso machines, kinda miss those.. but hey, the coffee is amazing without it anyways! Now a other uncle, Helor arrived as well. With my hostdad and these other uncles I talked about food, women and we made plans for the summer, we are going to go to the beach a lot, rivers, sea fishing and searching for gold in rivers! They re very very nice, can’t wait till the summer comes! As well I will be going to Helors amazing house up in the mountains with a niece to prepare a nice dinner! I really like uncles!
Something totally different which I wanted to write on my blog since a lot of time, the stuff with time here is completely different! Time is the same ofcourse, there are 12 hours on a clock and 24 in a day. Here the night begins at 18:00 ( 6 P.M.) I didn’t reallt expected this when I was back in The Netherlands, I expected the spanish culture where it is afternoon till 21:00. And as well, if you have a meeting at 3 o’clock it will be at 3:15 at it earliest, the bus of 11:20 leaves after 11:30 and stuff like that. But the most confusing is the following, there are 3 words for now, and later. Ahora, ahorita ( actually just the smal version of ahora) and ya. Ya is the one which actually gets closest the NOW we know. Ahora means now but more like, now is in, I don’t know there are no words for it in Dutch or English. Ahorita mostly means like in 5 minutes, are just  a little bit of time but they also use it as right now.. I’m getting used to those, and I’m using it in my advance so that’s all okey.
On the speaking Spanish, it has almost been 3 months here, and my goal was speaking spanish in 3 months. The past 2 weeks I have been studying the past time and now I know that one, it is pretty complicated! I ofcourse do not speak fully spanish, but I can join in conversations about everything and barely have to look up words anymore! I will be studying a bit more some days on vocabulary and some other stuff and then it will be all okey!

Da8 86, el lunes 8 octubre 2012 8:08
First step to fame
I decided to write in the morning on freedays,  since I almost always go sleep late on these days. So here is the story about yesterday:
I went to Desmonte with my niece, in Desmonte, which is high in the mounains lives my uncle Helor. We stopped by a supermarket to buy all our stuff needed for the day, which included, nachos, blackbean dressing (very good one!!) coca cola, and some more stuff. First we ate lunch, after that we ate the nachos and then it was time to cook! We made a fire outside, and put a big bowl on the of the fire, oldskool! Then we cut some herbs from the garden, sliced the meat. And I was ready to make Chicharrones , really really good tipical food. After making and eating those we made cooked bananas in the same pan / bowl. I don’t like these, they just don’t have taste. Then we wanted a dessert, so back to the supermarket to buy stuff for a cake. We made 2 cakes, 1 vanilla and 1 chocolate spread some ‘leche dulce caramal’ on 1 put the other and top and here we are, a double layered chocolate, vanilla caramal cake! Yes, still love this hobby!
About the part of me being famous. This morning I got an e-mail which said if I wanted to join in a radio program called ‘de wereld van Filemon’  (The world of Filemon) Filemon is a famous and very cool presentator in the Netherlands, in this program he asks Dutchies all around the world about the culture that they are living in. I hope I will get into this!

Fame!



Day 84, el sabado 6 octubre 2012 10:05
2 day report
Yesterday and the day before i was pretty tired so didn’t write anything on my blog, so now I’ll do for it those days. Thursday was a long day in school with a lot of classes, and I was annoyed by some classmates, they weren’t annoying to me but just sooo immature, and I came here to become more mature. But I’m glad I found some goodfriends who are mature. On Friday at only had classes in the morning, so Skyped with my mom in the afternoon. Furthermore I went jogging, and I played soccer for the first time with my hostbro and some of it’s friends, I hope they will become my friends as well so I know more people around here. In the night again Taekwondo and nothing special more.
This morning I woke up at 7 because my hostmom had to leave and she always makes breakfast, that’s just the culture here but imma ask if she can teach me how to. I went back to sleep and woke up at 9:00 again to help in the garden.
Right now I’m looking for a house to sleep next Sunday since my host family has to go to the graduation party of my hostbro. I hope when I find somebody I can go there for the whole weekend!

Day 84, el sabado 6 octubre 2012 21:44
Weekend > weekdays
Yes, this is clear, weekends are way more fun as the weekdays! The weekdays are sometimes very long in school, and I don’t have time to do anything after school, except for Taekwondo that rocks on weekdays! But yes, evenings are different here, after 6 it is dark, and when it is dark it is dangerous. Going out alone is not advised. And because we sleep early that isn’t such profitable in time anyways.
About today, I woke up at 7 because my hostmom had to get her hair done at some place and because she is the mom she cooks, that’s the culture. It actually was one of my problem points in my old family, but now it is not, guess I adapted to that! Will be hard re-adapting though when I get back home, prepare yourselves! (Nah it will be okey, tranquillo.) I went to sleep a bit more, and woke up again to do some work in the garden. In the afternoon we first went to eat lunch at my grandmothers, she was kinda ill but better now! My uncle Miguel was there, and he brought me a huge bag of chocolates the take to Panama! These chocolates are delicious! We ate vegetarian food, and went back home. From here we went to somebody for my little brother, he had to do a interview with a good sporter from this area. We went to the 17 year old Costa Rican Taekwondo champion, who as well did well on the Pan-American championship. So cool that he lives here, and just 17 years old! As well there was his brother, a bit older he plays in the Orotina Futsalla team, who won the national cup 2 weeks ago!! It was very nice to meet them! Also I played a bit of PES with them, people play Xbox and Playstation here exactly the same, with a lot of screaming and fighting :D!
After this we went back to grandmothers for some coffee, I served them some nice cappuchino’s! something people don’t have here are espresso machines, kinda miss those.. but hey, the coffee is amazing without it anyways! Now a other uncle, Helor arrived as well. With my hostdad and these other uncles I talked about food, women and we made plans for the summer, we are going to go to the beach a lot, rivers, sea fishing and searching for gold in rivers! They re very very nice, can’t wait till the summer comes! As well I will be going to Helors amazing house up in the mountains with a niece to prepare a nice dinner! I really like uncles!
Something totally different which I wanted to write on my blog since a lot of time, the stuff with time here is completely different! Time is the same ofcourse, there are 12 hours on a clock and 24 in a day. Here the night begins at 18:00 ( 6 P.M.) I didn’t reallt expected this when I was back in The Netherlands, I expected the spanish culture where it is afternoon till 21:00. And as well, if you have a meeting at 3 o’clock it will be at 3:15 at it earliest, the bus of 11:20 leaves after 11:30 and stuff like that. But the most confusing is the following, there are 3 words for now, and later. Ahora, ahorita ( actually just the smal version of ahora) and ya. Ya is the one which actually gets closest the NOW we know. Ahora means now but more like, now is in, I don’t know there are no words for it in Dutch or English. Ahorita mostly means like in 5 minutes, are just  a little bit of time but they also use it as right now.. I’m getting used to those, and I’m using it in my advance so that’s all okey.
On the speaking Spanish, it has almost been 3 months here, and my goal was speaking spanish in 3 months. The past 2 weeks I have been studying the past time and now I know that one, it is pretty complicated! I ofcourse do not speak fully spanish, but I can join in conversations about everything and barely have to look up words anymore! I will be studying a bit more some days on vocabulary and some other stuff and then it will be all okey!

Da8 86, el lunes 8 octubre 2012 8:08
First step to fame
I decided to write in the morning on freedays,  since I almost always go sleep late on these days. So here is the story about yesterday:
I went to Desmonte with my niece, in Desmonte, which is high in the mounains lives my uncle Helor. We stopped by a supermarket to buy all our stuff needed for the day, which included, nachos, blackbean dressing (very good one!!) coca cola, and some more stuff. First we ate lunch, after that we ate the nachos and then it was time to cook! We made a fire outside, and put a big bowl on the of the fire, oldskool! Then we cut some herbs from the garden, sliced the meat. And I was ready to make Chicharrones , really really good tipical food. After making and eating those we made cooked bananas in the same pan / bowl. I don’t like these, they just don’t have taste. Then we wanted a dessert, so back to the supermarket to buy stuff for a cake. We made 2 cakes, 1 vanilla and 1 chocolate spread some ‘leche dulce caramal’ on 1 put the other and top and here we are, a double layered chocolate, vanilla caramal cake! Yes, still love this hobby!
About the part of me being famous. This morning I got an e-mail which said if I wanted to join in a radio program called ‘de wereld van Filemon’  (The world of Filemon) Filemon is a famous and very cool presentator in the Netherlands, in this program he asks Dutchies all around the world about the culture that they are living in. I hope I will get into this!

donderdag 4 oktober 2012

Some photos!

Here are some photo's of the last weeks, I just take the best since it are a lot. The mayority of my pictures is on Facebook though.

Sarchi!

In the back of a pick up!

Crocodile river, best place to fall in.

Flag carrier, with my hostmom!

Flagcarrier!

Original Costa Rican, cooking it was delicious!

karaoke uncles!

Amazing view!

Cooking in the rain!

Learning the salsa!

Orotina!

With Nadilie

Vamos Orotina!




Dutchies back together!

With Frida!

Sloth!!!


Soo F'ing Cuting


Flyyyy

Just nature, no zoo needed

We're just  chilling

Working in the national park






woensdag 3 oktober 2012

first Taekwondo fights!


Day 78, Domingo 29 septiembre 2012 21:29
Fresh Costa Rican air
I really needed a good sleep after the discovery tour and I had it! After the breakfast I just rested a little bit more in my bed watching tv and had a short skype with my sister. After lunch we went to a birthday of a little kid who is in the huge family as well. There were some family members which I didn’t meet yet and they were like we heard so much about you! Very cool! Like every birthday there was a lot of food, cola and cake. But for the first time there was a piñata as well, probably because it was a kids birthday. It was pretty cool, and when it bursted open everybody was getting candy like crazy, adults as well! They were stunned when I told them this was the first piñata of my life, so they were like we will give a party for you and you will have your own, really sweet!
We went back walking and it was such an unbelieveable got walk! The air was so fresh and there were little hot rain drops, the sun on my big and a nice fresh wind making the perfect tempreture for a walk! It made me feel very happy again, I am often happy the last days! And this will get a huge boost since I am going to Panama for sure next week!!
In the night I watched the hangover part 2 with my family, really fun in spanish as well! And I freaked out because I couldn’t watch dexter!

Day 79, Lunes 1 octubre 2012 22:00
Fight!!
In the morning I went to the forest which belongs to the school to search for bugs we found quite a few and a dead snake! Next week we will put them in a case behind glass and we will have our own bug-thingy! In the evening I had taekwondo practice again and this time we finally practiced the real fighting! I fought against a real good friend, Chino. Actually his name is Fabio but a lot of people are called by their race here, but in a positive way, like Chino, Negro, Rasta or Blancho. We didn’t fought like really hard because it was just practice but it was soooo cool! we had a pretty even fight, I know he is much better as me but I didn’t say anything like: ‘hey why didn’t you do all you could?’ and why should I? it’s a nice gesture of him and I appreciate that!
Day 80, el Martes 2 octubre 2012 21:49
know who to trust.
I have been way to  nice and good believing to my old hostfamily. Until today I kept telling myself that they are good people. But right now they crossed the line, all of them. To understand this I have to tell something I didn’t wrote on my blog before. My old hostfamily stole about $80 from me, and I am pretty sure it was my little host brother, as well I borrowed around $60 to me former hostdad. I didn’t say this before because I wanted to ‘protect’ them, after all it was just this kid stealing my money. And my ex-hostdad kept saying I would get the money back.
But today, my IEC called them and now they say I am a lier, I never borrowed them money and this kid stealing my money is impossible. This is just so weird, I trusted that guy he has always been nice to me and I always believed he would give me my money back. But this, this is just such a backstabbing action, so weird. I have been used just for my money, and now they denie everything! I just have no good words for it, I told nobody the real reason why I changed, but now, now I probably will! This is such a low life scumbag action!
About today, it was a really hot and long day in school. But the good thing of the day was ofcourse Taekwon-do! We practiced again with real fighting and now I fought against a much older guy, like 40 years old. He wasn’t that good and I actually really owned him. A kicked him 2 times to the ground and he gave up. First I felt like bad, but then everybody was clapping for me and this guy was really good about it, it’s just part of the sport!

Day 81, miercoles 3 octuber 2012 22:07
Changes!
In school we made more trashcans out of plastic bottles, like last week. It’s good to recycle and I already changed a lot on this aspect I think, referring to the protections of animals and the nature. I already thought back in the Netherlands that this would happen to me. I don’t pollute, waste water or electricity. An other change I made is that I don’t hate that much anymore, or dislike. I was always judging about a lot of things to quickly, now I don’t, this led to good and bad things.
More about today, I went home after the morning classes to make a bank deposit, this took a lot of time, first I had the wrong bank number, then I had o go take out colones, after this buy dollars and make the deposit. Something, that didn’t change yet, I’m  still very chaotic!
In the afternoon I took a siesta, no idea if they call it siesta here anyway though. I like it a lot, a was all wet because of the rain, and tired so I hopped in my bed and slept for a few hours, delicious. When I woke up again I walked to the kitchen with my sleepy head and there were some teachers talking, friends of my hostmom. Somethings never change.