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CR Seis-ahhhh

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Buenos dias from beautiful Costa Rica! Trip CR6A (Seis-ahhhh) got off to a great start and we have all enjoyed the first few days of our journey together.

After some introductions and a chance to get to know everyone in the group, we said “hola” to our local guide Gerry and our bus driver William and headed out on our Costa Rican adventure.  At our first stop in the Central Valley region of the country, we got a chance to sample our first “casado,” the quintessential Costa Rican meal made with fish or chicken, fried plantains and of course, rice and beans…which we’ve all quickly grown to love, especially Jacob, Rebecca, Ricki and Melanie. Some of us even request “gallo pinto,” a mixture of beans and rice, for breakfast, although there’s always cereal and toast, for the days we need to feel a little bit more at home.

We didn’t waste any time getting started on our first adventure, and on Day 2 we rafted down the Reventazon River. Any nervousness was put aside within minutes when we conquered our first set of white water rapids.

The next day we started our first service project with Habitat for Humanity in the Puntarenas province of Costa Rica. We met the family we are working with to build the first stages of what will one day be their new home. We got to work right away digging holes which will be used to support the foundation of the future home for Felipe, Sayri and Yerlin.

Aubrey, Lia, Grace and Andrea picked up the pickaxe in no time and Christian, Rebecca and Rachel shovelled their hearts out.  It was a hot day and lots of hard work, but the feeling of accomplishment we all shared when we saw how much we had achieved in just one day made it all worthwhile.

Our immersion into Latin American culture continued that night with a salsa dance lesson. Drew, Julia, Teddi and Jillian particularly impressed us with their dancing moves. 

Yesterday, we continued our work at Habitat and completed our work digging holes. Our dedication and enthusiasm were high and once again we were all so proud of our
accomplishments. We are now looking forward to moving to the next phase of house building on our final service day with Habitat tomorrow and then for a little bit of
R&R in the mud baths at Rincon de la Vieja to celebrate our hard work.

It’s been an incredible four days here in Costa Rica and we’re looking forward to more adventures and continuing to give back to our host country.

From all of us on CR6A, Pura Vida y hasta luego!