July 24, 2017
What an exciting day! even with a few flight delays, everyone arrived safely and smoothly. We spent the day eating Costa Rican typical foods (and pizza…), welcoming everyone to Costa Rica, and walking around the parks and markets of Alajuela, Costa Rica. We are all so excited to get to our homebase in Bahia Ballena tomorrow afternoon! More soon!
-Hannah Calloway, International Director
Until tomorrow (or whenever)
S: I would apologize for not updating for two days in a row, but I’m not sorry as we were too busy having fun and making life experiences to write to parents about it.
Anyways, we’ll try our hardest to remember what we did two days ago, so just hang in there.
A: So I clearly remember all the sweet and tears from this day. We went back to Semilla De Ballena to continue the previous project of creating tree protectors. This time I got it down to a science. Hammering and sawing came easily to me now. But the heat and humidity did not help at all. Let’s just say I lost all the water that I drank. Afterwards Travis (surf instructor, part of the semilla De Ballena project and super intelligent) taught us about about the three R’s. Refuse, reduce, and reuse. We came up with ways to follow these methods to better our process in protecting the pacific. It was a very informative day that ended with everyone giving up single wrapped cookies. Thankfully not cookies in all. Sorry for the delay but everyday has been busy and a great adventure.
S: Before I go into details, Gabby wishes her mother a very happy birthday. Anyways, we went to service that morning and I continued to offer verbal encouragement to Andrea as she sawed wood. I got a blister on my thumb from doing almost nothing and was quickly reminded that though you can run away from all the work in the world, pain is always a constant.
I might as well admit now that I don’t remember anything else from two days ago, so deuces.
-Sarah and Andrea, student blog team
July 29, 2017
Staring out on the slippery edge of a waterfall. Looking at the cold water not knowing what’s down there or where you will land. If I said jump. Would you do it. Seems that we are catching up again with our blogs hopefully we will have them posted on time. So heres Sarah and I telling our adventures. Two people who just meet facing the world together. One day at a time.
A: So far I have had such a great time. This day was by favorite by far. Honestly when they told me we had to hike I thought I was going to faint. Do you know how many leg days I have missed. I was in no condition to hike in the heat and humidity. But the thought of jumping into the cold water made it all worth while. All I could think about since I got there was I wanna jump in. Moments like these are the ones I live for. The feeling of pure freedom. As I jumped and the cold water hugged me I immediately smiled. What more is there to want in life than just living and enjoying the moment. After more splashing and jumping. Sarah and I decided to jump together. We had to jump over someone because he stood where the rocks were to warn us. I kept repeating, ‘I’m not going to make it.” We started counting down and when we got to 3 all I could think is have no fear. In that moment all my wishes came true to stop thinking and just live. This day was a blessing in so many more ways than one.
S: First of all, I need to clarify that I am loving Costa Rica and this initiative. However, I am not digging this humidity. So when I heard that we had an hour hike waiting for us this morning, I was thrilled.
After a distastfully sweaty walk where we tried termites (they taste like pepper for all you curious bug enthusiasts out there, wherever you are), we arrived at a beautiful waterfall.
I jumped in a few times and narrowly avoided my end while jumping with Andrea a little too close to a rock, but nevertheless the water felt nice and I decided the walk was worth it.
My least favorite part of this trip so far has been putting on clothes while dripping wet, and I had to do just that when I got onto dry land, so that kinda blew but I lived.
So thats the highlight of yesterday, au revoir
-Sarah and Andrea, Student Blog Team
Sat, Aug 6th
We had a great lunch today and said our last goodbyes to the wonderful staff and hosts at our homebase as we made our way back to Alajuela. We spent the last night talking about our incredible experience and sharing our memories of the trip.
From the dance party, to surfing and serving the community, Bahia Ballena will always be in our hearts.
Everyone is now on their way back home and We will miss you all so much!