I can’t believe how long it’s been since you guys left Costa Rica – I’m sure by now everyone is seriously missing rice and beans for every meal. We miss you all and hope you guys are doing well back home and sharing fun stories from the trip with friends and family.
It’s funny to look back now on our first walk through the community together and think of how much we learned throughout the week. We got to know the Bodhi team really well and also meet people from Bahía Ballena through surfing and service projects. We hope that you guys gained a lot through the different service experiences. There may be some lollipop moments that you didn’t realize and we hope that you all treasure the bonds you made with the students at Forjando Alas. Watching you guys work through a language barrier to play with and form friendships with the kids was really special. The Surf and Service project at the end of the week was awesome because we were able to give back to the ocean by cleaning the beach and then put our new surf skills to use by giving lessons to the people that showed up.
In addition to the service projects, we had so much fun during activities with you guys. We got to relax and laugh our way through partner yoga with Pilar and watch (fall asleep to) a movie together to wind down after the long day. We wont forget our crazy day of navigating the rapids and getting to jump through waterfalls on the rafting trip. We were also very proud that everyone rallied for the hike toward the end of an exhausting week and got to see the whale tail from the top. We look back especially fondly on that final day of surfing when we made it out to the green waves during that storm.
We’re missing you all and think of our trip often. We hope you’re doing well and that you’ll send us updates about where you end up in the future! We hope you are all feeling happy and healthy! Best of luck with everything 🙂
Some special memories from the trip:
– Everyone falling out of the raft
– Guest appearances by Larry and Sharon during the world cup debate
– Thinking Basa the cat was dead (he’s still alive)
– Coco eating Peper’s whiskers
– Zen yoga sessions
– Students with loud laughs
– Awkward first night
– “Literature” blog posts
– Standing under the waterfall
– Sisters playing soccer against each other
– Leaderships skits
Patrick and Jen