1) I’m at altitude. 4500 feet to be exact.
2) Every shower is like an ice bath.
3) Unlike at Swarthmore, I’m sleeping at least 8 hours a night and going to bed at a reasonable hour.
4) My host mom knows how to cook. Three square meals a day of rice, beans, fruit, and vegetables is bound to better for me than my typical late-night diet of chocolate and potato chips at college.
5) Monteverde is such a small town. So small that I was cheered on by three groups of people that I already knew when I went for a run yesterday.
6) Costan Ricans guys know how to flirt. Like any country or place, girls (especially gringas) get noticed by guys when walking (or running) down the street in Monteverde. However, rather than get cat-called or have a guy say “Hey girl, nice legs” to me as I ran by, I guy called me a “princesa.” Definitely a step up from the United States, and a little more entertaining.
7) Hills, hills, and more hills. Not only will I be running at altitude, I’ll also be constantly running up and down hills.
8) This place is so gorgeous. I’ve missed running in nature when I’ve been at Swarthmore, and especially when I was in Chicago.
9) The amount of air pollution here is ridiculously low.
10) I have time to run. Something I was strongly lacking in the past few months at college.