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May 17, 2014 - Tuanis

We once again took a walk to get dinner at a local sandwich restaurant. I didn't care much for the food, but the environment was cool! We headed home and relaxed before all heading off to bed. Tomorrow will be a full day with house visits in the morning, clinic in the afternoon, and suturing class after work! On our final day, we had a recreation day. Our day began at 6:30 am with breakfast before we headed off to Jacó beach, 2 hours away from Alajuela. We stopped halfway there to see a small beach that had a ton of crocodiles! It was an...

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May 16, 2014 - Last day of Clinic

Today was our last day of clinic in El Coyol. It was pretty similar to the last few days of clinic, filled with patients ranging from UTIs to Ulcers to various other infections. The first half of the day I triaged, and the second half I had the opportunity to work in the pharmacy selecting and handing out the appropriate medication to patients based on the doctor's prescription. Saying goodbye today was pretty sad - we said adios to the woman and her family whose house we spent our days working out of, and she gave us her blessings and...

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May 15, 2014 - El Coyol

This morning, I woke up early again and decided to take advantage of the nice weather. So Chandani and I decided to head outside before breakfast for half an hour and soak in the sun. Our group moved on to a new community today, El Coyol. It was much poorer than La California, the first community we worked in. This community reminded me oddly of India - the houses were made of temporary material and were often times merely the size of a standard American bedroom. Narrow dirt roads and houses in close proximity lined the streets, and most...

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May 14, 2014 - Clinic and Community Time

Yesterday was an interesting day. We began our day with our classic breakfast consisting of gallo pinto (rice and beans), fruit, and tea. Our team went over to the clinic to begin seeing patients. Abdi divided us into two triage teams of 3 people each. Each time was responsible of interviewing the patient to collect patient history and note down why he or she came into the clinic, taking vitals, and performing a full physical (with the exception of the abdomen). We then presented our patients to la doctora, and she confirmed or modified our...

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May 12, 2014 - House Visits

Today we began working on our medical mission process with something called "house visits." So the way the clinic gratis or "free clinic" works is that we have a neighborhood in which we go door to door asking if family members need medical care. If the family has any type of illness, we spend time talking to them, gathering basic family data, and handing the family one ticket with a time for the free clinic, which takes place in a small church. It was great Spanish practice and preparation for tomorrow, our first day of clinic. Everyone...

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May 11, 2014 - Tica Time

One of the coolest things about Costa Rican Spanish is how they exaggerate their words. Many Spanish speakers will add "ita" to a word to make it seem little. For example, instead of saying "pequeño," one might say "pequeñito." But Costa Ricans take it to the next level and add "tico" to the end...making something smaller than pequeñito, "pequeñtico!" The same concept works to exaggerate something the other way, like "gordtico." This is why Costa Ricans are referred to as "ticos" or "ticas." This was one of the many cool things we learned...

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May 10, 2014 - Pura Vida

You would think waking up at 3:30 am is asking for a day full of exhaustion. Well today began that way…6 hours of air time and 2 flights later, the four of us (Parin, Chandani, Kevin, and myself) landed in San José around 1:30 Costa Rican time. However, as soon as we landed, the day got exponentially better. We met our group leader, Abdi, and the other three members of our ISL (International Service Learning) team for the week. After quickly grabbing a bite to eat and exchanging currency, we left the airport to our home for the week - La...

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Mar 14, 2012 - On our way home :(

March 13; We tossed around the idea of a mangrove tour or maybe take the bus to Uvita but in the end decided to just relax. It was so hot even I couldn't sit in the sun but think I managed to burn my shins anyway. Later in the afternoon we caught the bus to town, did a bit of walked around and went for dinner where I had one last pineapple smoothie without sugar. They love to add sugar to everything. I always get questioned when it's passion fruit or lemon but it's all better without sugar.

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Aug 20, 2011 - A Costa Rican town that feels like you are in Europe.

Alajuela 20/08/11 A Costa Rican town that feels like you are in Europe. Alajuela is a modern city with modern shops on every street corner. It’s very easy to think that you are in some European city. The Cathedral was rebuilt 20years ago after an earthquake damaged the old one. On the ceiling were amazing murals depicting scenes of Christ. We caught a taxi the next morning to the top of Volcan Poas, an active volcano that had sulphur steam coming from the crater below. It had been fairly explosive in recent years but on that day was just...

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3rd Gap Year

Dec 20, 2008 - Alajuela, Costa Rica

December 20-24th, 2008 I like Alajela. It´s a bustling town and feels like a city in the making. Its close to San Jose...easy enough to go there for the day and close to Volcan Poas for another day trip. Its close to the airport and a great place to stay to start or end a trip when flying out of San Jose. Its my 2nd time here, so I´ve just been taking it easy. I did a day trip to San Jose. I was a little nervous first, but it was a lot of fun. The streets were full of people doing some last minute shopping. Christmas music was being played...

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Leslie's Trip South

Dec 9, 2007 - Do you know the way to San Jose.......

Do do da da do do dada daaah....... Been saving that bad joke for a while.... Truth is I don't know the way to San Jose and in fact I bypassed San Jose. I{m going to stay for the next few nights in Alajuela a town near the airport and a whole lot safer and more friendlier than San Jose... well I hope so. Anyway today was fairly routine, except it rained and rained and did I mention rain. Besides the locals of Cahuita were sending me broke with all the beer I've been drinking. There is a community of people there who work for 6 months a year...

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