Category Archive: Costa Rica – Pura Vida

Jul 23

Back to school, El fortin, and Francisco Delgado Soto

Today we returned to the classroom aft an incredible trip to Manuel Antonio.  Results from our test were not as terrible as we thought.  Both Mary and I made B’s and our professor offered to retest us on Friday which would give both of us a chance to make up for our errors and omissions.  …

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Jul 22

River Shoes

Today we boarded a bus for some river rafting. When we arrived they served us a nice breakfast and then we took another bus with our rafts in tow to our river entrance.  All the way our guide, Diego, was pointing out interesting trees and houses. After a quick primer on river rafting we climbed …

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Jul 21

Candlelit Dinner

After unloading about 10 pounds of sand each in our first warm shower in a week, Mary and took a short nap followed by dinner at an outdoor restaurant.  Again not amazing food and even worse service, but great company makes that not matter at all. We were all pretty much finished eating when the …

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Jul 21

Beach Monkeys

We arrived at the hotel and loaded our luggage in.  The directors were very sweet to give Mary and I a room together.  Many other students were 4 to a room so it was nice not to be separated.  After loading in we took a thirty minute hike through the Manuel Antonio National Park with …

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Jul 21

Rio de cocodrilo

We got an early start to Manuel Antonio National Park and Beach near Guepa. The three hour bus trip was broken up perfectly. Our first stop was a little shop on the side of the road with cold coconut milk straight from the coconut. Then we walked across the highway bridge and saw about 20 …

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Jul 20

Dinner with friends

Tonight our friends Jenn and Kristi invited us to dinner out with their host mom. The food was not amazing, but the company contained some much needed levity after a very frustrating day.

Jul 20

Me gusta la cumbia

After about an hour of stewing over our poor performance on the test we all gathered in a cramped but air-conditioned room for dance lessons. Our dance instructor looked straight from Mary’s Zumba  videos back home. This guy was built for speed.  He did an excellent job of demonstrating the steps and making sure no …

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Jul 20

Examen Probs

Today was the first day we didn’t have a morning excursion or activity so we took the chance to sleep in a bit and hobbled up the University Latina for a 10 o’clock review session with Dr. Bell.  Mary and I studied all six forms of ser and six forms of estar for a couple …

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Jul 20

Some classy ladies

We spent this morning meeting 18 of Heredia’s most mature ladies swapping stories about our children and assisting them in creating some colorful napkin holders.  Before the art began we introduced ourselves to the group and then they introduced themselves.  As the Tico’s say, “No entender ni papa.”  which means I didn’t understand a potato.  …

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Jul 18

Toucan Rescue Ranch

Today we visited a small ranch just outside of town where woman named Leslie cares for countless birds and mammals.  When we arrived she brought out a baby sloth and was feeding it breakfast while telling us her life’s journey to this ranch in Costa Rica where she pours her heart into the recue, rehabilitation …

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