Sunday, April 28, 2013

I'm Coming Home!

In less than 24 hours I will be on a plane and on my way back home to California. 
The last fourth months have gone by so quickly and
 I can't believe that I am leaving Costa Rica tomorrow. 
I am extremely looking forward to being home and seeing all of my friends and families. 
And to be far far away from all of the bugs. Cause you know I really don't like bugs especially not ones that fly into you. 

So I had to pack all of this stuff into one bag and some how it magically fit. 


The only bad part about flying home is that I have to leave my house at 4 am! YIKES! 
But after a short stop in El Salvador I will be in LA and then home to Fullerton I go!!!

And the first thing I am going to do is eat a giant hamburger. YUM! 
Cause that is the one thing you really can't get here, a GOOD old hamburger and fries.

see you soon sunny California!!! 

Semana Santa and a Trip to Montezuma

After Courtney and I went to Panama we came back just in time for Semana Santa (Holy Week). 
Jeni and I decided to take a short trip to Montezuma during the vacation. 

One of the days we took the bust from Montezuma down to Cabo Blanco National Park. 
There we did the longer (emphasis on long) hike through the park to the parks beach. 
The hike took about two hours each way. 
And it was nice and hot and humid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is a nice big old tree.
There is something absolutely mesmerizing about these guys.
I think it has to do with the fact that they disappear into the sky vanishing
 way past where your eye can see.

Here is a lovely termite nest. 
They are everywhere. 

Just as we finished the hike to the beach there was this awesome grouping of bamboo. 
Jeni looks tiny compared to the plant. 

Here is the beach that we hiked all the way too. 

Another day we went to one of the Montezuma's waterfalls.
That is a picture of Jeni jumping off into the bottom pool with the waterfall behind her. 

Here is the top pool. 

Here is the second pool. 
It was nice and chilly which is a great change since most of the water at the beaches is uncomfortably warm and about the same temperature as the outside air. 

Here is a picture from the ocean on our way to Tortuga Island.

It was a fun trip and a nice amount of time to spend away. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Alda's Birthday Celebration

A few weeks ago Courtney, Alda, a few of Alda's closer friends from UPEACE and I went out to a fancy dinner in celebration for her birthday. 
It was a fun night full of lots of laughter and delicious food. 
We went to a winery just outside of Ciudad Colon. 
It was extremely surreal when we walked in it was like we had walked
 out of Costa Rica and entered a different world. 

Here are some pictures on the evenings festivities. . .

Outside they had this little sitting area where the entrance to the restaurant was.
This was also where you received your complimentary glass of house wine.

This is a view of the inside of the restaurant. 
This is actually just the main floor where we ate. 
There was a private party going on downstairs. 

Here are all three of the roomies!!! 

The birthday girl in front of a bunch of wine barrels.

Courtney and Alda making some beautiful faces.

The three of us in one of the wine cellars. 
You could have a romantic dinner in there if you wanted to. 

The view from the bottom floor balcony.

All of us ladies at dinner.

Our cheese platter. Pretty much we were too hungry to wait for dinner.

Force feeding Arianna.

The birthday girl!

Alda's three close friends from UPEACE who joined us for dinner. 

All of these photos were taken with my wonderful iphone. 
Which is why in most of the pictures we all have glowing devil eyes. 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Life in DC - According to my iPhone

So once upon a time i lived in DC for a few months...not all that long ago. And i completely failed at at this whole blogging thing. I just failed at documenting my time there in general. 
There are very few photos. It was a pretty overwhelming time. 
You know moving across the country, living in my own apartment, going to BIG KID school and being in the nation's capital. 

So here are a few of the random things I felt the need to document via my iPhone aka the only photos that exist from my first stay in DC. 

This was the line for Starbucks at LAX the morning I left CA to go to DC. 
And yep I waited in it...I mean it wasn't like there was anything else to do and why would you 
ever pass up an opportunity for chai tea and pumpkin loaf. 

Here is my first set of real keys. I also signed my first lease that day, it was pretty scary. 

Here is the Land of Oz also known as a Mormon Tabernacle in MD.

Here is a big tunnel. We drove to visit some of my mom's old friends in MD. It was fun because I got to meet all of these people I have heard about my entire life. 

Nothing but blue skies and green trees ahead. 

A cupcake for my 22 Birthday. 

Well maybe two cupcakes for my 22nd birthday. I mean it is a big year. 

The peacock room at the Smithsonian. 
Someday I hope I have a weekend guest who paints an entire room in my house.
And yes that is an open invitation for mischief.

Mom and I were mesmerized by this and could have spent a whole day entranced in its beauty. 


Can't remember what this was from. Might just be a neat staircase 

The sculpture garden. Who doesn't love giant animal heads????

A very long escalator in the DC metro. I got to know these guys pretty well.

Anthropologie in Old Town Arlington making good use of a pommel horse. 

We ate at this really cool restaurant in Old Town. They had a soda wizard (sounds intriguing doesn't it) and an old telephone booth downstairs. 

The dock in Old Town. It was a lovely day out. 

Every Tuesday a couple of girls and I would go to Chipotle for lunch after class and pretty much eat and chat about class. It was really fun. Its always nice to have little weekly traditions. 

Here is my bedroom. Well my only room. It was a studio apartment. 

And my kitchen....aka my hallway/entryway 

My desk and study chair. To say we went on an ikea trip is a bit of an understatement. 

I bought a new purse...Cause all the girls have them in DC. Also I have always wanted a Longchomp bag mainly cause they are internationally classic. And conveniently they are waterproof. 

A bambi right outside my apartment complex just trying to break into Homeland Security. 

Yep there was something creepy about living next to Homeland Security. 
Black SUVs were always coming and going. 

Some Caprese salad. Luckily there is Trader Joes in DC. I shopped there frequently although it really wasn't conveniently located. It took a bus, a metro and a half mile walk to get there. 

PS Paper bags and rain don't mix. 

Lunch one day. Hummus, feta, cucumber and tomato in Pita. Delicious!!! 

Julia Child's kitchen in the American History Museum at the Smithsonian. 
It was absolutely wonderful!

A present that came in the mail from my good friend Erin. 

Books and beer on the bus. 

A little corner of love in my apartment building. Got to love old buildings and sweet touches. 

An empty metro station. Equal parts relaxing and creepy. 

The view from the Library. The building at the end is the Spiritual Life center more commonly known to students as the flaming cupcake. 

I found Bruce Jenner at the grocery store. 

Ali and Cassie from my program 

The cutest Anthropologie in Georgetown. It is deceivingly huge. 

My favorite British store is also in DC. They have the best knee high socks.
 That is actually the only thing I have ever bought there. 

A ladybug pillow pet came in the mail from my friend Natalie.
 So excited!!! 

Eggs Benedict.. Need I say more. 

Some Princess coloring to de-stress. 

Black squirrels. They were brought to DC from Canada and managed to escape the National Zoo. They are a tad bit creepy. 

A really cute sweater that I bought on sale from Madewell. I didn't try it on. It didn't fit. 
So I mailed it to a friend. 

Rock Creek Trail. My favorite way to spend weekend mornings. 

I made pancakes a lot.

I survived a Hurricane. 

One day the small bus picked us up from the metro. It was confusing. 

my phone decided to freak out multiple times. 
But it is okay now. 

I fell in love with frozen spinach and all the possible ways to eat it. 

I finally got to wear this awesome hat! 
Note: it was never actually cold enough to need this. So I mainly wore it in my apartment. 

I bought a rug just because it was on sale at urban outfitters. 
I mean how could use pass up mint chevron for only 25 dollars. 
I mean they were practically paying me to take it off their hands. 

Lots of deer in Rock Creek. 

The trail in Rock Creek. 

I went and saw Barbara Kingsolver speak at the National Cathedral. She was amazing and I want to be her best friend. 

The beauty of brick and Georgetown. 

I bought green eggs and ham in French from Anthropologie. 
It is really hard to read rhymes in French. 

To fulfill my baking obsession I made muffins for my 8 am class every Tuesday. 
It was fun. 

I consumed a whole bag of these little inspirational cough drops during finals week. 
Yay for getting sick !

The School of International Service has its own coffee shop. 
They had this awesome sign out one day. 

Some days are just so rough you need to sit down on the escalator. 

My empty apartment. It looked so small empty. 

And that my friends is a little glimpse into my life in DC.
I promise to be much better about keeping in touch next time I am there. 
I will definitely take more pictures!!!!