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Pura Vida!- Costa Rica Day 3

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – St. Augustine

Hey everyone! I hope your weekend is going fantastic! Tonight I am at my sorority’s formal so I have another Costa Rica recap for you. (Missed Part I? Check it out here!) I was only able to get the pictures for day three uploaded before I left for my event, so this is a recap of Tuesday, March 15th only. I hope you enjoy! Days 4&5 will be posted tomorrow! :D

Day 3 (March 15, 2011)-

Despite staying up pretty late the night before, I actually woke up again at 5:15! I figured out why- my body still thought it was 7:15 and that is roughly the time I wake up for classes. However, I was able to fall back asleep for another hour.

For breakfast, we had essentially the same breakfast as yesterday- cereal with fruit. We enjoyed a nice conversation with Luz before heading back to the comedor.

At the comedor, we finished painting the other side of the outside. Then we painted some games on one side- hopscotch, four square, and Twister. The entire time we were painting, the children we watching us and really wanted to help. Unfortunately, we could not allow them but they were encouraging! ;)

The group inside did some more work on the mural…

After a lot of painting we got to sit with the children for a little bit…and of course they wanted to take more pictures!

Then we headed to the downtown district to get some lunch. All of us were in need of some “familiar food” so we headed to an Italian place….yes, I had Italian in Costa Rica. Eh…you can’t win them all! ;)

I had a Panini with carrots, grilled zucchini, and peppers served between some AMAZING bread! There was also a side of French fries (huh?), but honestly, I could only eat half of the sandwich and I was full! It amazed me how quickly I got full there!

Once lunch was over, we explored the area a little. We looked around a few parks…

And went into a market- more like a flea market- to look for some souvenirs. I only bought some postcards, but we went to another market later in the week to get some more things. ;)

The market was actually pretty nice. No one really jumped out at me and demanded that I look at their products. It was pretty low key and non threatening!

Afterwards we headed back to the language academy to rest. There was a dance class and Spanish Conversation class being offered, but I was so physically and mentally exhausted that I spent the time catching up on E-mails and taking with my friend Matt.

Then we boarded the bus to head back to our host family. After a nice shower, dinner was served!

Oh my goodness! I WISH I had a picture of this dinner! It was seriously some of THE BEST soup I have ever had! I have no idea what was in it (lot’s of veggies in a light vegetable broth) but it was delicious! The perfect blend of spices and veggies and along with the rice on the side, I was STUFFED!

However, I wasn’t stuffed enough to enjoy a slice of cake with chocolate frosting. ;) It was a little dry, but the chocolate was delicious! Definitely hit the spot since I had been craving chocolate ever since we got there!

I watched a little bit of Spanish TV (Spanish Soap Operas are VERY over-dramatic!) before heading out to another bar (seeing a trend here? ;) ) to watch Costa Rica play a soccer game against the United States. After a few beers (Imperial is the big beer here) and a US win, we were all feeling pretty good!

What is your favorite sport to watch? Usually I don’t like to watch soccer but while I was in Costa Rica, I couldn’t get ENOUGH of it! ;)

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7 Responses to Pura Vida!- Costa Rica Day 3

  1. I love the permanent Twister, so cute!

  2. This looks like such a fun experience! The kids look so incredibly happy and thankful for the work you did!

    P.S. I’m so in love with your hair! Hopefully you’ll have a future post on how you do it (the beachy curls that is!)…hint, hint :)

    • Aw thank you!!! That’s actually how my hair is naturally, but I can definitely do a post about what hair products I use to keep the waves looking half-way decent throughout the day! ;)

  3. Costa Rica looks so pretty! My grandparents almost retired there- I wish they had so I had an excuse to go :)

  4. Looks like such a great experience!:D The kids are ADORABLE!

  5. Your recaps are so detailed and so interesting. Thank you so much for sharing, Katy. Hope you had a great time at your sorority formal! Feel free to recap that, too! ;)

  6. Love your pictures!

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