Hola de Atenas

Day one was long but also a blur.  Here we are at the New Bern airport waiting for our 6 am flight yesterday.  We had a 2 hour layover at the Atlanta airport from there.

As you can see, we appointed Knight keeper of the luggage.  We then took advantage of the down time and had some airport breakfast.  The flight from Atlanta to San Jose was 4 hours, but uneventful.  I will say the line to enter the country was impressive though.  It took us a hour from landing to make it through immigration and customs.

Odie and her hijo Esteban were waiting for us, and then whisked us away towards Atenas.   Odie and her family were generous hosts and opened their home to us upon arrival.  Her husband prepared a lunch feast for us.
As you saw ayer, the ladies enjoyed the pool for a while as we waited to meet a new friend Lexi.  Lexi is from Charlotte, NC and will be joining us in our itinerary for the next 8 days.  So I will have a small gaggle of chicas to explore Costa Rica with this week.

We spent the rest of the afternoon in an orientation meeting going over our itinerary and some general information on Atenas and our host families.  Entonces, it was off to meet our families!  The rest of the evening was spent getting to know our host families. I am staying with a young family near the center of town.  Luis is a beekeeper and Dixi is a college student studying to be a pharmacist.  They have a 7 year old hija, Tracy and dos perros. Their puppy has not gathered the courage to meet me yet, but their snauzer Pele and I became fast friends.  I love a scruffy little dog with bushy eyebrows.

Well, I am still getting used to the 2 hour time difference.  I woke up this morning at 3:45 am.  The sliver lining to that is that I have plenty of time to catch up on my posts.  I can’t wait to meet mi chicas and here about their familias tambien. Today we start off with an immersive Spanish lesson in the farmers market.  Afterwards we will explore Atenas, have almuerzo in a local soda and then spend the afternoon learning about Costa Rican health, education, and environment.

¡Hasta Luego Amigos!

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Chair of Social Science, Humanities,
& Foreign Languages

Liberal Arts & University Transfer
Craven Community College

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New Bern, NC 28562
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