Yay to adventure time!
July 23, 2017
We started the day with an amazing breakfast made by Maria and Maruja; they are the best cooks in the world! The breakfast consisted of eggs and ham, pinto (rice and beans), fruit, coffee, and toast with butter, but In Costa Rica food just tastes better. After breakfast we walked to the beach and surfed for 4 hours, this concluded our third lesson with Bodhi Surf. Although it has been a short time learning, we have achieved and exceeded great things on this difficult sport. Our surfing instructors not only aid the process of learning how to surf but also made this experience immensely fun ! When we finished our lesson we went back to the lodge for lunch, an activity we also enjoy very much. After lunch, we walked to a park where we all got to give back to this incredible community that we are falling in love with every day we are here, by doing small jobs in that park. Some of the projects we worked on, included: making signs for the roads, painting implanted tires on the soccer court, and constructing garbage baskets. Kids that were playing at this park were influenced by the cause and started to help, this is what community is all about.
We ended the night with a delicious dinner and an extremely informative (but entertaining) class about the dangers of plastic. Being aware of such problematic issue is the inspiration one needs to change for the better and help the world the we live in to thrive not to moribund. In conclusion, we experience a really fun day and learn about an eye-opening complication that’s happening in our generation.
Day 6 by Alex and Griffin
Today was an extraordinary day. We started off by waking up at 6:15 to have breakfast at 6:30. We then prepared for the vans to pick us up take us whitewater rafting. We went through thick rain forest and scenic views, and even had to shift people to the back of the van to make it up the steep hill, but eventually we made it to our destination. We entered the chilly, clear water not knowing what to expect, but eventually we were hitting big rapids and fast currents and everyone was smiling and laughing.
The guides made sure that we only hit the best rapids and drops, always allowing one person to sit on the nose of the raft to hold on for a completely invigorating experience. After we stopped for a brief snack, we were shown a stretch of rapids that we could float down on our bodies. We all left the water with a few bruises on our butts but smiles on our faces. Next we pulled over on the river to take a short walk to a beautiful secluded waterfall, and everyone took turns jumping off the waterfall and climbing underneath the booming water. The last part of the river consisted of everyone pushing each other into the river. We finally exited the river to make our way to a well-deserved lunch.
After returning to the town of El Silencio (which is based upon the Savegre river on which we went rafting), we ate a great lunch made by our river guides Luis, Ronny, and Cristobal. Despite
consisting of rice and beans like most of our previous meals, we could choose between salads, mashed potatoes and other sides in addition to the chicken and rice. From there, we rode the buses back to Bodhi Surf. Due to the fact that most of us are phone-free, this made for interesting conversations in the car! Once back to base camp, we were given an hour to put our things away and recuperate from rafting. From there, we all came together for a relaxing Yoga session led by Bodhi Surf co-owner Pilar. With an open mind, yoga quickly became a fun activity able to help relieve stress. With individuel positions as well as intricate partner positions, our group as a whole was educated about the countless positions and benefits that come with yoga. After yoga and a much-needed dinner that consisted of savory noodles, chicken, salad and pinto, we watched an interesting surf movie called Chasing Mavericks. In order to rest for the big day ahead, we made sure to get extra sleep for a full day of service.