Hola Friends and Family! And so begins our trip of a lifetime…
Here is an update of all the happenings in Costa Rica after our first three days in this beautiful country. When we arrived at La Condessa, our home for the first four days, we were greeted with exotic strawberry smoothies. Jordan and Kiana felt like celebrities and toasted to the good times to come. The group enjoyed their first authentic Costa Rican meal at an eclectic restaurant overlooking the Central Valley. Miranda tried the Gallo Pinto, which is a traditional Costa Rican dish of rice and beans, and loved it. Ben entertained us with his piano playing while Sarah sang along. We have quite the musically gifted group!
Day 2 started off with a refreshing morning hike to a waterfall that we would soon be rappelling down. It was like a nice morning shower, only on the side of a mountain and with an amazing view! Brenna and Jennie were nothing but smiles the whole way down. We were surrounded by lush rainforest and beautiful flowers and were able to soak up the sun while watching everyone rappel down. Haley was able to cool off when the guide pulled her over to the big waterfall where she was completely drenched by the water from above. We topped it all off with a relaxing picnic amongst the beautiful surroundings.
The following day kicked off with a Canada Day celebration for Ryan. We decorated the bus with red and white streamers complete with a Canadian throne for him to enjoy. He also taught the group his national anthem on the way to our first service project – helping to build an English classroom for a local school so the students could learn English and get better jobs for the future. Erika really got her hands dirty and helped dig holes for the foundation. She practically dug a hole to China and was able to stand in it. We also had the opportunity to play with the kids during their recess and Annie was able to make some international pen pals and improve her Spanish. We finished off the night with salsa lessons from our local tico guides Pim and Sierra. Allie let the rhythm take over and won the dance off with partner Ben.
Tomorrow we are running a day camp with the local children and could not be more excited! Talk to you soon. PURA VIDA!
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