Emily in Costa Rica

Emily is a junior studying public relations and strategic communication in Meadows School of the Arts, with minors in Spanish and English in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. During summer 2013, she is participating in SMU-in-Costa Rica with SMU Abroad, an intensive Spanish program at the National State University.

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San Jose and Cartago

What a crazy weekend it was here in Heredia! Despite the seemingly constant rain, we managed to pack our weekend full of interesting activities, rain or shine!

emily1Our weekend started on Friday, as we traveled to the province of Alajuela to have a day full of team-building activities in the beautiful mountains. Between scavenger hunts and learning the dance of the province of Limón, I came back to Heredia not only soaking wet, but amazed by the beauty of Alajuela.

On Saturday, we traveled by public bus to the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose. San Jose was bustling as people flocked to the central market and other historical sights. The central market had everything from fruits and vegetables to a new hammock, weaved for me by a native Costa Rican woman. After eating lunch in the Teatro Nacional and listening to a group practice for Sunday’s performance, we got a tour of the theater, including the box where the president of Costa Rica sits when she visits the theater. We then moved on to the Museo Nacional of Costa Rica, full of artifacts and information about Costa Rica’s history and future. The group hustled to get back to Heredia, as Saturday night was the final soccer match and Heredia faced Cartago. I joined my familia tica in watching the game with their friends at a local restaurant and then danced our way through the streets to the Parque Central when Heredia won in a shoot-out. It was such an amazing experience to see the influence of soccer throughout the whole country, and how unifying it is for the whole province.

Sunday, I headed to Cartago with my familia tica to see the beautiful mountains and ancient churches. With breath-taking views and hundreds of years of history, Cartago felt much less touristy and it was easy to enjoy the natural beauty of Costa Rica. We finished our day in Cartago as we attended mass at 5:30 in the Iglesida de la Virgen de las Angeles. Taking communion and worshipping in a church over 300 years old was an incredible experience.

This week it’s back to regular classes and homework at the Universidad Nacional in Heredia, until we go to the volcano and hot springs this Friday. It’s hard to believe one week has already passed!

Happy Memorial Day!

 

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