1-4-10 Our last night in the U.S was fittingly spent in our nations capital. We squeezed in a one hour tour that included Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, FDR Memorial, The Capitol Building and of course The White House. With so little time the tour was heavy on the visual side of things. The cold and windy weather erased all feeling of trepidation about heading to a foreign country. The thought of moving to a warm climate suddenly sounded great.
1-5-10 Past conversations, planning and anticipation is becoming reality. We arrived last night in San Jose with 15 bags weighing close to 500lbs. So much for being light and nimble. Fortunately, a classmate from the language school picked us up and showed us to our casa somewhere in San Jose. All that I know is that we are not in Kansas any more. Our new home certainly has a different pulse than what we are used to. People shouting in the streets, noisy buses and car alarms screaming at 2 a.m.. Annoying and strangely exciting at the same time. I am guessing that soon this will seem like home with the exception of familiar faces being in the same isle at City Market or at a nearby table at Steamworks. There are a number of city parks close to our “casa verde” that will have to serve our recreational needs. The weather here is surprisingly cool. Hidden in the clouds, a dormant volcano looms. A quick walk around the block to begin getting my bearings within our new neighborhood is both exciting and scary. Loneliness comes to mind as I walk around and see nothing that is familiar. No cell blackberry or iphone to communicate with. Very different from the past of always being connected and feeling somewhat “in control”. You could not find me if you wanted, nor could I begin to tell you exactly where I was. I am beginning to realize how connected to the world I once was. Where is my cell phone? Where is my computer? I want my mommy!
1-8-10 A call from the cable/internet company yesterday afternoon raised spirits since our ability to communicate with friends and family as well as tie up loose ends back home are challenging at best. The excitement that our cable guy brought us was short lived when I looked outside to see that he was driving an older model Mercedes Benz. The fact that he did not have a ladder strapped to his roof made me suspect of his visit because all of the cable/internet providers that I had seen came from the numerous arial lines that clutter the skies. A half hour later and 32,000 colones ($55) fewer, our savior was gone. His last words as he walked out the door were that we should get a call from the installer in a few days. There is a good chance that we will be writing about this for possibly weeks to come since our schedules do not allow us to sit at home to wait for “the call.”
In the meantime, we have completed three days of orientation. There are approx. 40 other new students, with a total of over 100 students here at any given time. The kids program is big as well, with one class per grade and the classes consist of approx. 20 kids each. In orientation, we have covered everything from cultural customs to washing of produce. Several hours were dedicated to safety and security. As with most big cities, San Jose has its share of crime. Moving from point A to point B requires a heightened sense of awareness. Pick pockets, scam artists, and the needy are just around the corner. Our home is protected by two barred gates, an independent secondary lock, and a deadbolted front door. Fortunately all four locks utilize the same key which cuts down on the time to enter and exit the jail ……I mean house. And we really do feel extra safe!
1-11-10 School begins tomorrow. We are looking forward to not only getting into some kind of routine, but learning the language. The kids began their classes today. Never gave any thought to ever going to school with our kids. Luke brought it to my attention that we have not been in school in 20 years. Boy do we feel old!
1-11-10- Yay! School started today and we are on our way. How humbling it is and yes, taxing on our brains to be in this situation. And now, we have lots of homework to do as well. Classes seem excellent, organized into categories of language, grammar, and phonics. All presented in espanol, with a few english words thrown in to keep us from drowning! That’s all for now. We’ll post more photos with explanations on facebook, so please look there as well.
Emailis always a great way to get in touch with us: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Our mailing address here at school until May is:
Mike & Kerry Tichi, Instituto de Lengua Espanola, Apartado 100-2350, San Jose, Costa Rica, America Central (This is only for letters and very small parcels. No UPS or FEDEX)
Donations for our Ministry: Starting 2010, we are officially being “sent” by our home church First Presbyterian Church of Durango. We will be working alongside of Living Water 4 Roatan. Please make checks payable to: First Presbyterian Church of Durango and put our names or Care4Communities in the memo land. Send to : 1159 E. 3rd Avenue, Durango, CO 81301.
God bless you for reading this far and joining us on this journey! We couldn’t do this without you. Please let us know what’s new with you!