Category Archive: Journal

Jul 17

He’s from Barthalona

We arrived late to class today after spending hours cooking and eating at Flor’s house so we dove right into demonstrative adjectives!  FUN! It didn’t take us very long to get the hang of these and we were flying through our work for the day.  Even though we are in Costa Rica, our professor is …

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Jul 17

Tico Cooking class

Today we had no breakfast at home.  instead we walked the twenty minutes to school to catch a forty minute bus to the home of a woman named Flor who was to teach us all to cook many Costa Rican dishes.  We started off with tortillas and worked our way through several very yummy dishes.  …

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Jul 16

Mi fetcha es Hans… eh?

After a day and a half of eating sleeping and breathing the Spanish language we finally hit the classroom to learn how to speak.  The professor passed out a placement exam to make sure we were all correctly placed in beginning Spanish.  The first blank on the test said Fetcha.  Several of us wrote our …

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Jul 16

Tour of the city

This morning we ate breakfast and our host mother walked us to the central park of Heredia.  The program director told us stories about the history of Costa Rica and specifically Heredia as we walked first through the second oldest church in Costa Rica then to an old home from the 18th century, followed by …

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Jul 15

Take me to the volcano!

This morning our host mother served us breakfast and said about 300 hundred words to us in Spanish.  We managed to survive the volley of Spanish and were rewarded with fresh squeezed orange juice and scrambled eggs with ham and of course – beans and rice.  Rain was beating down on our little casa on …

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Jul 14

Suicide Shower

I am SO very excited to start sharing pictures of our trip, but the sun rises and sets at 6 so we landed in darkness.  I have every suspicion that tomorrow the sun will rise on a plethora of amazing images.  However, I have one that I must share.   Mary asked if I would be …

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Jul 14

Pre-trip thoughts

Taking this trip to Costa Rica I have poured over the internet for information about our destination. Although I have more questions than answers about our destination, the one thing I can say for sure is that it appears to be impossible to take a bad photograph of the country. Volcanoes, beaches and wildlife beyond …

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Jul 09

Surprise trip to Costa Rica… for two

In the fall of 1994 took my first college courses at the University of Texas in Austin. Today I embark on a journey to Heredia, Costa Rica to obtain the last 3 credits of that same undergraduate degree I began eighteen years ago. I’m on the plane and anxious to begin my trek, but first …

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May 06

Light and Joy in Anna

Tonight I played the last of three performances of Jason Robert Brown’s Parade in Anna, Texas. This is the fourth production of Parade I have played for and I always enjoy playing the show. The first time I did this show it was a professional production at WaterTower theatre. That production was a lot of …

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Apr 20

We the people…

The wake up call came at 4:30am. We loaded our bags in the bus and headed for the airport. We spent two hours cued up in a long line to check in and then came the news. Our flight was delayed by about 14 hours! We would be getting in to Chicago in the late …

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