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03/06/2010 - 03/13/2010 90 °F
Hi my name is Dan and I’m a TEFL graduate. It’s been one week since my last class.
Lots of changes this week ... for other people. Our TEFL class has scattered. Two of us are still in Quepos, a couple went home, and the rest have been traveling around Costa Rica.
Saturday afternoon, the day after the TEFL graduation party, I headed back to the main beach in Manuel Antonio with Faith and Catharine. The three of us were all smiles. We found one of the English students and his girlfriend sitting on the beach and joined them. Catharine in her infinite wisdom had brought a couple of Imperials (the big ones) and she gave me one. We swam when we got hot, sat on the beach when we got pruney. The girls shopped around for ... whatever. We got some gelato. I know this doesn’t sound particularly exciting but it was. We finished off our beach day by watching the sunset from El Avion while drinking big slushy cocktails. Later that night I went out with Viola and her friends for more gelato.
I had half heartedly started looking for a new place to live in Quepos since my home stay would be over on Sunday. I mentioned to Yorleny that I would probably be moving back over to the Wide Mouth Frog. Three new TEFL students were moving in on Sunday so I figured I had to be out of there soon. Yorleny kept trying to convince me that I could stay. I thought she was just being nice ... she was. When she broke out an old picture of four TEFL students having dinner I finally believed that she could accommodate one extra person for awhile. Thank God. I really didn’t want to leave yet.
The goodbyes were starting to pile up on me. I hate goodbyes. I suck at goodbyes. I was getting a little teary eyed when I said goodbye to some of my classmates after the TEFL party Friday night. When I said goodbye to Catharine Saturday night I was starting to lose it. When Viola left Sunday morning the poor girl must have thought I was crazy. Oh well. What can I say? I’ve met a ton of people since I got here back in early February. I love meeting all these new people but I hate having to say goodbye. I guess that’s part of the deal. I hope I get to see them again some day.
A few hours later I got to say a few hellos. Three new TEFL students moved in around noon, Evan from Baltimore, Mirja from Germany by way of Spain, and Natalie from Russia. Mirja and Natalie are pretty fluent in Spanish, Evan knows enough to get into trouble. They put their gear away, chatted with me and the family for awhile and then invited me to go to the beach with them. Most of the new TEFL class was at the beach along with a few of us from the last class. Monday morning I walked with Evan, Mirja, and Natalie to school.
The rest of the week was pretty uneventful. I said a couple of more goodbyes to Faith and Ed. I cleaned up my resume. Mostly I just deflated from the last crazy month. Life around the house was a lot of fun, especially when Evan, Mirja, and Natalie got back from school. Friday night we all went out to the clubs. I’m not sure what the next week will bring. I’m starting to feel the need to hit the road again. Maybe Monte Verde.