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What main languages are spoken here?:

The people here speak Spanish. A common Spanish phrase used by Ticos is pura vida. The direct translation is “pure life,” but people use this as a way to greet one another.

What type of money is used here?:

The Costa Rica colón is the currency here. There are both paper bills and coins. The paper bills are very colorful and have pictures of different animals on them. 

How much does a bottle of water cost?:

Depending on where you go, a bottle of water typically costs between 800 and 1000 colones. This is between about $1.40 and $1.70. 

What was the best meal this week?:

For dinner one night, I had grilled chicken with rice and steamed vegetables. All of the ingredients tasted extremely fresh. It was a very healthy meal. 

What music did I listen to this week?:

I listened to pop music from the 80s. This is what was playing in the buseta when we were traveling to Sarapiquí. All of the songs were top hits in the United States, and they were all in English. 

What activity was the most fun this week?:

I did a canopy tour which was a lot of fun. A canopy is the aboveground part of a forest where many of the animals live. We got around by ziplining from place to place.