Hi all - we've arrived in Latin America! We touched down in San José, Costa Rica, at the end of April after a very smooth journey over from London via Madrid.
We spent the first week or so acclimatising and catching up with sleep (much needed after a fairly full-on couple of weeks in the UK packing up and saying goodbyes!) We managed to see a few of the local sites including a nature park where the highlight was seeing some sloths and feeding hummingbirds!
We all started school at the beginning of May. Chloe and Josh seem to be settling in well. Chloe has been placed in Grade 1; her class is small and she's the only non-Costa Rican but has quickly made some lovely friends and seems to be picking up Spanish quickly. Josh is in the year called 'Interactivo Dos' and has a mix of Costa Rican and gringo classmates who he's getting on well with. They've both been enjoying after school classes of taekwondo and swimming too.
We've been in intensive Spanish classes for four weeks now, although it feels like a lot longer! It can be quite draining and we feel pretty whacked by the end of the week but it's rewarding to see our progress in speaking more confidently out and about. Helen's setup a prayer group with the other ladies in our Spanish school and Rob has made a running buddy and been on some good local runs. He's continuing his work with Open Gates Management and is learning to balance the work and studies.
Our weekends so far have been quite relaxed: mainly going to the market, meeting up with friends and hanging out in the parks, of which we've got some good ones nearby. We've tried out a couple of different churches and are currently weighing up which one to make our home church for the time we're here.
The Covid situation here unfortunately has worsened in the last 2 months and the hospitals are currently stretched to capacity. The restrictions are mainly focused on the days cars can/can't drive which hasn't affected us much as we don't have a car but most schools have also stopped live classes. Fortunately the kids remain in school but some of their friends are online. They seem to have taken it all in their stride so far though which has been a relief. Our language classes continue to be in-person for now which is much appreciated as the one day we had at home with us all in virtual classes a few weeks back was pretty crazy!
In Parque Bosque- one of the local parks in our neighbourhood San Francisco de Dos Rios (SE San José)
For those who pray, we would value you holding these things in prayer.
Give thanks for:
Our safe arrival in Costa Rica and the smooth journey getting here.
That we were able to get both our Covid jabs before we left the UK.
That the kids seem to have settled well in school so far.
The friendly welcome we've had and good friends we've already made here.
Things to pray for:
The current Covid situation in Costa Rica, for those in leadership in the government here and those working hard in the health care system.
That we'd continue to learn lots of Spanish.
Finding the right family church for us all.
For some good down time (we're going away next weekend to visit a Volcano!)
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