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Apparently it was a mag. 6.2, and now all of San Jose (including Alajuela and Heredia), is on red alert. And no one is allowed to go upstairs. And the study abroad office (which has better internet than the university) is closed. D:


I was lying on my bed watching FMA eps that I'd downloaded a million years ago (read: they were like early first season XD) and suddenly the window started shaking and I thought it was a car or something but then everything began shaking and I was like "HOMG IT'S AN EARTHQUAKE AND I'M NOT GONNA SLEEP THROUGH IT OR MISS IT THIS TIME (I missed a minor one yesterday, sadface D:) !!!!!!111!!!!!!!1"

I was so excited. XD I was like Dane Cook when he realized he was gonna see a guy get hit by a car. That's how excited I was. XDDDDD

And it was great. I'm sure once you have experience it's not nearly as awesome, but I thought it was sooooooooooo cool. :D




Onto other things. Last night I saw Marley and Me, and it was fantastic. I've never seen Owen Wilson in a role that wasn't ridiculous humor/slapstick, but he was so good. And Jennifer Aniston was great and it was just awesome. :) Definitely go see it.

I love my new roommate way more than I liked my old one. I think we may actually keep in touch after we go home. She's way cool.

Class is good...yeah. That's about all I need to say about class. But no. It really is. It was exciting because Marley and Me was dubbed in spanish, but I understood almost all of it. There were just a few things that I didn't know the specifics of, but I'm gonna have Maman mail the book and I'm sure I'll watch it again in English when I get home.

But seriously, if you have a dog, if you love dogs (or pets in general), you have got to see this movie. It's great. :)

Um...yeah. For those of you who follow my fics, I'm probably gonna have a new part of barcode up today and a holic oneshot up this weekend. :) So that will be great.

nebulia: a nebula (the scared guy)
Agh, stress.

I should be at home right now, but actually I'm in a hotel at Houston, because my plane was delayed an hour and a half and then we spent almost 3 hours on the tarmac. We left San Jose at around the same time we were supposed to get into Houston. So I missed my flight to Des Moines.


But I'm going to bed, and I talked to everybody--god, it was so good to hear their voices. :) I may voice post tomorrow just because I can because I can use my cell phone again. XD

I'm tired. Bedtime. XD

I'm almost home!
nebulia: (matsujun)
been quite a while since I posted, huh? XD

I go home in 3 days!!!!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED.


Okay, so now that I've gotten that point across, I am coming back for jan. and feb, but still, 2 weeks at home will be really nice. Not to mention like. Christmas. And real winter. And I'm just so excited!!!!!

I don't have internet at home right now. D: So I'm up at school every afternoon after working out (see that? I'm working out! :D) doing my internet crap.

anime ranting that has nothing to do with Costa Rica but a whole lot to do with Code Geass )


I'm so sorry. I can't think of much else right now. Spanish is going well, thanks. Subjunctive is a bitch. It still makes more sense than imperfect vs. preterit, though. XD
nebulia: a nebula (sod off-fallen the webcomic)
I had these plans. They're starting Supernatural season 4 here tomorrow at 8, subbed in espanol. So, I was going to take my test Friday morning, relax/internet/watch season three in the afternoon, and go to the final symphony concert in the evening.

That all went brilliantly. The concert was fantasic; the national orchestra is as exceptional as the Ticos claim it is. They have every right to be proud of it. Also, I got to see a piece writted for the OSN in its debut last night, which was really cool. I was part of the first audience ever hearing that piece, and I really liked it. It had a lot of aspects of modern classical music, but I love modern classical music just as much as the good old stuff, and it was really good.

So, then, on Saturday, I was going to go to Volcan Irazu, and then relax/watch more Supernatural. And on Sunday I was going to go to Volcan Poas and get back in time to shower, eat dinner, and then actually watch Supernatural on TV. For once. XD

But whatever. Today.

So I get down to downtown San Jose at 7:45 to catch the 8 o'clock bus (the bus comes back from Irazu at 12:30). That all goes brilliantly, and I meet this girl who just graduated from UKansas in Manhattan (Kansas). She's with her boyfriend, and they're in CR for two weeks because her boyfriends from Mexico and they've been doing the long distance thing. That was cool.

Anyway, so it's an hour and 45 minutes or so to Irazu, and by the time we get to the gates it's rainy and windy and (when we get outside) probably around 40-some degrees, maybe less with wind chill.

Whatever. I'd totally hike anyway.

The problem is that there was a rockslide in the park. A ROCKSLIDE. So the park is closed today and tomorrow, and for good reason: not only is it dangerous, but none of the frickin' place has power or water or anything.

So we turned around and went back to San Jose.

On the way home I talked to a guy from Taiwan (though he lives in Florida now), who's here for a week. He was pretty cool. It was nice to talk to him. He'd been to a lot of countries in Latin America, and it was cool to hear about that. Apparently, the traffic in Brazil is even crazier than it is here in San Jose. I'm not even sure how that's possible. XD

So I went and got white grape juice and cookies from the automercado, and I guess I'm gonna start the supernatural marathon early. I think I'll try Irazu next weekend, and go with Susan, because she wants to see a bunch of the volcanoes.

Whatever. As soon as I go home (since I'm at UVeritas right now because I don't have internet), I'm changing into my pajama pants and dry socks and curling up in bed.

It's cold. And rainy. I love it, but I really wish I was in Irazu. D:


Nov. 18th, 2008 04:59 pm
nebulia: a nebula (sod off-fallen the webcomic)
hmm. What's going on.

It's cold here! Which is weird! But I'm outside in a sweatshirt and my feet are FREEZING (because I'm wearing flip-flops) but it's cold!

I don't have internet at home...the router's screwed up, dunno why. I may not have internet at home for the next month (oh my!). Ummm...hmmm.

So. I gave up on the nanowrimo thing because when my computer crashed it ate it all. I'm contemplating having a NeNoWri10 (nebulia novel writing 10 days) and just totally ruining my life and destroying what little sanity I might possess by writing 50K words in 10 days.

Let's see if we can get back on our feet, hmm.

hahahahahahahano. It's not gonna happen. But I'm gonna give it a shot. I'll plot until nov. 20, and then it's off to the races. When I start babbling like a maniac, you might want to give my mom a call, k? XD

So it's cold here, and I don't have internet and I'm homesick. I'm happy about the cold though. I'm also sad because my spanish class for this month finishes on Friday and I really like my teacher. Que lastima. D:

Also, my new favorite thing about Costa Rica:

Age at which you can marry: 15
Age at which you can have consensual heterosexual sex: 18

…wait, what?



Oh, wait! Here:

You're The Guns of August!

by Barbara Tuchman

Though you're interested in war, what you really want to know is what
causes war. You're out to expose imperialism, militarism, and nationalism for what they
really are. Nevertheless, you're always living in the past and have a hard time dealing
with what's going on today. You're also far more focused on Europe than anywhere else in
the world. A fitting motto for you might be "Guns do kill, but so can

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Obviously, they didn't have Les Mis among their choices, because...really. :D

haha, no. But seriously, it's pretty accurate. If I were to be more politically active than I am. XP
nebulia: a nebula (Default)
So it's not like I miss home so hard it hurts. But I will be really happy to get home and see everyone again. Like...I really, really REALLY miss my friends, and my dogs, and just the normal comforts of home. I love it here, I really do, but I am homesick. Very much so.

Of course, I'm only home for about eight days until I go skiing and then I'm back here for 2 more months. But two months isn't four, and I get a little bit of time to recuperate. I just. Wow. I just miss home a lot.

It's to be expected, I think, considering I've never been away from home this long. It's just, I haven't really been feeling the desire to be home until now.

nebulia: a nebula (amused-gokusen)
So, I went to the Apple store to get Shin fixed. I managed the first five minutes in Spanish, the next three minutes in English, and then the guy and I ended up speaking in this really odd mixture of Spanish and English where he would ask "You necesita this ahorita?" And I would say, "Not ahora pero...soon?" And he would say, "Dos hours?" and I would say, "Si, esta bien, thanks."

Anyway, it was amusing.

But he replaced my hard drive, and now I have Leopard, which is kind of glorious, and 40 gig more of hard drive space, which is also glorious. :D

Spanish is going well. I'm beginning to understand things in general, more often. Not all the time, but...I can follow a conversation, for the most part. Which is cool. :D I'm hoping that understanding stuff will start to pick up as I gather more vocabulary; that seems to be my biggest problem now. I think I'm getting the hang of imperfect tense, thank god, and maybe para and por as well, and hopefully that indirect pronoun thing will just kind of randomly insert itself into my knowledge (the se la, etc. part before the verb is still a little confusing. D:

Hmm...tonight I saw the James Bond movie.

HOMG GO SEE IT. It's fantastic. It's just...fantastic. I would totally go gay for the chick in that movie, seriously; she kicked butt and she was beautiful and her voice was incredible. I love voices, the way they sound. Hers was lovely and low and feminine with a great accent...women with low voices are great. Like Rachel Weisz? She has such a low voice and yet she still sounds feminine. My voice is just a manvoice. XD Oh, and M was great in this one too. And James was exceptionally great; Daniel Craig is definitely my second favorite Bond. Sean Connery will always be first, though; you just can't beat Sean. You really can't. But Daniel Craig's fantastic. And hot. And he has the best blue eyes...dear Lord, the best blue eyes. I would very much like him to marry me. XD

But I digress. Anyway, it's awesome; go see it.

So. There's that...hmm...what else?

Tomorrow is Maree's 21st birthday; we're going to dinner and then dancing for it, so that should be fun. Whether or not I actually dance is up in the air, but I love to watch dancing, so it's okay. On Saturday I'm going to the ballet with a bunch of people too. I love watching good ballet; it's just gorgeous.

So that's the news from Lake Wobegon--er, I mean, San Jose. XD Not a whole lot going on; just kinda kicking back right now, I guess. I dunno.
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Have I mentioned how much I love my roommate? A lot. A LOT a lot.

We'll never be best friends--at least, not as I'm seeing it right now--but we might keep in touch for a few years or something. But she's way cool. At first I thought she looked down on my 'cause I was younger and SUCH a dork, and not just nerd, and she does look down on me because I'm younger. But not in a condescending way, I mean, I AM younger, and I haven't experienced college yet, and she's cool with that. It's not condescending at all.

And she's so smart and even though we differ in some opinions, we think in very much the same ways, and we're amused by the same things, and we both like Bones, and she's fun to hang out she's cool. I really like her, though at first I didn't so much.

Also, we both desperately miss the people at home, which is just kind of...nice, to commiserate with her on that. And we both don't think in overly girly ways--like, yeah, I fangirl over everything, but when it comes to actual real life, all that girly drama crap just isn't my style. XD So we commiserate over all the girly drama that goes on in this place. Honestly, it's cliquey like stereotypical high school stories are cliquey. XDDDD

Today at lunch I just had the most sudden, base, deep desire to be home. To be in my own room on my own bed with my own weather and my own dogs and everything. It was odd; yes, I'll be happy to go home, but I'm so happy I'm here. But I'm not going to be homesick, because I can't take a chance like this for granted, I really can't. It was just odd.
nebulia: a nebula (failtastic)
Sometimes I forget that I'm in a second-world-bordering-on-first-world (or perhaps it's the opposite?) country. San Jose is a very modern city (as a matter of fact, it was the third city in the world to get electricity, after New York and Paris), but it has power outages frequently, but not nearly as frequently as the rest of the country.

We just had one such this time of night, since it's dark, you're kind of screwed; there's no internet and you really can't read all that lasted perhaps half an hour or so, though, so not too bad. Most of these outages, though frequent, aren't much longer than that, as opposed to in Iowa, where when we get a power outage, it lasts like four hours. Like the one in early December my junior year, when I got home from a choir concert to find that there was no power--and thus, no heat. This was like 9 o'clock Sunday night, it was fucking cold, hell, it was even snowing, and I still had homework to do. I tried to work, but had no internet, so I couldn't do the research I needed to do and then my laptop battery died and so for like three hours Maman and dad and I sat downstairs and listened to Christmas music before we finally decided to go to bed. It was like 1:30 and I was almost asleep (under like 15 blankets) when the lights, heat, everything came back on. God. That power outage, so discourteous.

But here it's a very normal thing, power outages--which is very much understandable, given that a) it's presently the rainy season, and so thunderstorms are frequent, and b) it's a high-seismic activity area, so though there are rarely earthquakes that people notice, there are still tremors that can disrupt the system. Not to mention--and I don't mean to sound condescending or anything, but the power as a whole is not as high-quality here; it's more expensive and it's more volatile. This isn't to say I don't have fabulous internet connection or the lights go off every night at 9, but it's just a little fact in the background. It's not a huge big deal--in fact, I'm almost as used to it by now as my host family--but this is the first time it's happened in the evening like this and rendered me...without much to do, so it just reminded me that I was somewhere else; I'm still having a hard time believing I'm in Costa Rica. XD I couldn't even write, as the fic I'm working on I'm researching right now too. Alas!

Haha, I'll finally be all used to being in a different country and then like three days later i'll go home. I can just sense it. XD

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