Buenos Dias one last time from Costa Rica,
Flamingo was beautiful and a great beach stop! We woke up Friday morning and headed out to work with the group Casa del Toro, an organization that fixes up houses in the community. We were introduced to a man named Don Carlo who explained to us that for the next two mornings we would be painting and leveling a house that belonged to the “abuela” or grandmother of the community. The abuela took care of the young children in the community. Our trip members were eager to help; especially when they heard the purpose this house was serving and got to see first hand the young children running around. After completing a lot of work on the house we headed to lunch at a restaurant called Tikis, where we enjoyed some local food. Trip members were excited to get back to the hotel for an afternoon at the beautiful pool or beach. A much-needed afternoon of relaxation was earned after a hard and fulfilling day of work. That evening we ventured into town and had dinner at a fun restaurant. On our way back from dinner the bus dropped us off at the beach where we had a bonfire and roasted marshmallows. It was a nice way to spend our last evening in Flamingo.
The next morning we headed back to the house we had worked on the previous day, for our final day of service. Most of the leveling was done so we spent the majority of the day trying to finish painting the interior and exterior of the house. Don Carlo said by the end of the morning our trip members would be able to present the keys to the abuela. After some hard work, we took a picture with the abuela and some of the children in the community. We then presented her with the keys, to which she showed extreme gratitude. It was such a great way to end our service! We boarded the bus and headed to Rincon de la Vieja as our final destination. After a break for lunch we arrived on the gorgeous premises. There were horses around, hammocks outside each room and it gave us the feeling of being on a ranch. We dropped our bags and walked over to the ziplining course. This was definitely one of the highlights of the trip! There were nine different cables, including a repel, tarazan swing and rock climbing wall. We had dinner and then our evening program for the night was a photo scavenger hunt around the premises of the hotel. Many laughs were had.
Our final morning we got to sleep in and then enjoyed breakfast at the hotel’s buffet. We then went on a hike down to a gorgeous waterfall, where we got to spend the rest of the morning relaxing in the water. What a beautiful sight it was. After our hike back, we ate lunch and had some pool time. We then headed out to our final activity, mud baths. At the mud baths the trip members lathered up in hot, natural mud. They let it dry, rinsed off and then relaxed in some hot springs. After our final dinner together our group watched a slide show of our amazing ten days together. We wrapped up the evening with a slew of different closing activities including some of our highs and lows of the trip, paper plate awards, and speeches. We made bracelets out of sailing rope that are burned together onto the wrists of each member of the group. We now have some pretty cool shimmering yellow bracelets that will serve as a reminder of the family we’ve created, places we’ve gone, adventures experienced, the people and communities we helped improve, and the Costa Rican culture. We have become one and united. We return home to the States and Canada with new experiences, perspectives, compassion, and gratitude. Pura Vida.
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