Regarding Costa Rica: the “No TLC” graffiti we saw was indeed a direct attack on US policy (TLC is the Spanish acronym for CAFTA). The compliment Collegium was given – that our country is their country, that their home is our home – looks a lot more significant in that light.
I’m in Dallas until the evening of the third. I should be hanging around campus tomorrow trying to get some German and dissertation junk done. My UD e-mail account is defunct right now and I have to get that fixed (Edit: this has been resolved, and I am very grateful). I’ll be around in Philly late on the 3rd. This has been a wonderful trip and I’ve been healthy and productive, but it will be great to get back.
Happy New Year, everyone – please say hi in the comments if you’re reading this entry, I’ll get in touch with you, I’ve got a ton of stories.