Hola! We started off the day with our morning classes at CRLA. I have to say, waking up early and going to three hours of Spanish was something I was not looking forward to. But I did have a change of heart. Over the past two days we have learned so much Spanish it blows my mind. First of all, our (Alcuin) teachers, who basically knew nothing about Spanish, have been communicating at the places we have gone so well. Second, the classes go by so fast, and we all enjoy our teachers a lot.
After our classes, and of course our amazing lunch at CRLA, we went on a bus ride to an orphanage named Vista del Mar. We spent about two hours playing with children around ages two to ten. We were all very anxious about speaking with the children and not being able to understand them, but I think we all were able to have conversations with them with little trouble at all. At first, the kids stayed in the corner, but after about ten minutes, the children had picked one of the Middle Schoolers or teachers and had become more than comfortable with them.
When we left the orphanage, we went on a bus tour of San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. It felt like we went everywhere we got to see so much. From neighborhoods to stores to buildings, I think my favorite was feeding the pigeons in park. Our tour guide had bought corn for us, and when we put the corn in our hands, the pigeons would fly up and eat it. It was very scary at first, but once you got used to their claws and beaks, it was a pretty cool experience.
To top off our night, we went to a very fancy restaurant attached to the hotel. Everyone was very polite, and we got our food very fast. It was delicious, I think we finished ours within twenty minutes. After our main course, we had dessert. We had some kind of mango ice cream with chocolate and strawberry drizzle, I promise it was a lot better than it sounds. After dinner, we went back to our hotel rooms to journal about our day and then go to bed.
Alcuin 8th Grader
A blog by various Alcuin staff members.