This morning, we strolled the few blocks from our house and wandered around. We had a few things in mind that we wanted to see, but pretty quickly found much more to do. We had walked through the campus many times (it makes a nice short-cut to many places we go), but hadn't really stopped to find out more than a smattering of what was there. This time, the only real purpose was to do just that - discover what the campus had to offer.
- posters touting studying science abroad (a lot of opportunities in Italy!)
- a new-to-us cafeteria (near the music building, and so we saw some musicians hanging out, playing)
- an even better short-cut :-)
- a lively soccer game
- even more sculptures
UCR is using and promoting a lot of free software, including using it as part of the coursework. There was a room full of demonstrations, and the first one we encountered was a CD burner for Ubuntu! Rick quickly got passed to the experts in video and audio editing, and got a nice demonstration of the free-ware available. He came away with a *lot* of information, and was *very* encouraged! (csl-tec.softwarelibrecr.org)
Well.... Since Rick had such luck, I finally screwed up my courage and approached an expositionista in the pottery/ceramics tent. She was *lovely!* We talked about the School of Art - what types of art are taught (painting, ceramics, wood sculpture, etc!), and - most importantly, how I could join a class here and there without being a full-time student on a career path! I had heard that people 56 years and older could audit classes (no placement exams, could be part-time), and I knew several full-time "regular" students, but I had never heard how someone in the middle (like me) could attend a class or two. Opportunities for getting involved at UCR is one of the main attractions for living where we do! So, now I'm a step closer :-)
Of course, no open-house is complete without *food!* We got a nice big chunk of 100% pure cocoa from a woman who made it herself, on her Finca Loroco in Talamanca. Then we got a jar of cas pulp from the executive chef of Ay, Que Rico! from Heredia. He had several other pulps and sauces, and we had a nice foodie moment talking about how to use them :-). Earlier, I had seen interesting items like pejibaye flour - I'll probably go back for that...
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Free software sites:
Escuela Artes Plásticas
Lilliana (for info on matriculation, session dates, what to do, etc)
Finca Loroco: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dirección 300 m hacia Carretera a las Cataratas, Volio, Talamanca. Familia Moreno Vargas
Ay, Que Rico!
Luis Mathieu M.
Urb. Boruca 1, Mercedes Norte, Heredia