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Pura Vida!- Costa Rica Day 5

“The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.”- Abraham Lincoln

Happy Wednesday! We are halfway through the week! I don’t know about you but this week has been CRAZY!!! Hope you are all hanging in there!

I know that these recaps are being drawn out, but for some reason, I stopped journaling about my daily activities after day 4, so I’m now having to go back and remember what I did for the remaining days of the trip. I promise not to drag these out too much longer, but the days do get better! ;)

Day 5 (March 17, 2011- St. Patrick’s Day!)-

Today was our last day at the comedor.

It was definitely a bittersweet day. Bitter because it was our last day, but sweet because all of the work we had done throughout the week was finally coming together! The mural was complete…

The outside turned out great and the children LOVED it! :D

We even got to make a permanent mark symbolizing our hard work!

As a thank you, the children sang us the cutest song! Trust me, you don’t want to miss this video! ;)

(Click here if you can’t view it above!)

The song talks about how we are special in the world and everyone is different and unique.

It was difficult to not get a little teary eyed. It was sad leaving the comedor, but it felt great that we gave the children something to look forward to each day! I would love to go back at some point and do more work with the children there (new and old!)… Hey parents….next spring break perhaps? ;) I’m kidding!

After spending the morning at the comedor, we had a lunch break and then headed back to the CRLA for a cooking class!

In the class we learned  how to make empanadas which are a bread or pastry stuffed with different fillings. Our empanadas were bean and cheese.

To start, we combined flour, this weird powdered cheese, and water into a mixing bowl…

Then we (actually I let the boys do the labor, I took pictures ;) ) mixed together the ingredients and¬†kneaded the dough into a ball…









Then you grate the cheese and open up the can of re-fried beans…

Then you take a small chunk of dough, flatten it out, put your ingredients in it, fold it in half, and put it in the hot oil to fry for a few minutes on each side.









They are done with it is a nice golden brown on the outside and gooey on the inside…

I only had a bite because I really don’t like fried foods, but it wasn’t half bad. I want to try to make a baked version that uses a lot less oil!

(Ahhhh sorry it’s so blurry!)

As fate would have it, my homestay mother would make us empanadas for dinner! They weren’t as fried and mine was stuffed with potatoes and rice (can we say starches!?!?!). I wasn’t too hungry that night so I only ate one along with some vegetables. :)

That night was St. Patrick’s Day, and all I can say is that some craziness ensued! ;) The boys had the “brilliant” idea of bar hopping so we started our night at Bar Rio (where we went the first night). I wanted a green drink so I ordered a Margarita, which was AWFUL! Seriously, I watched the bartender make the drink. It was literally 3/4 tequila and then 1/4 of the other stuff. I only had two sips before passing it off to the rest of the table because I thought I would get sick off of it! At Bar Rio, we saw some locals dancing the salsa and since we had taken dance lessons earlier in the week, we joined in! It was so much fun and we actually did pretty well! :D

(I had to cut my friend out of the picture but it was a good night!)

Our second stop of the night was an Irish Pub. Yes, I kid you not. An Irish Pub in Costa Rica! There were actually a LOT of Americans there so it was nice to hear English for once. ;) At the bar, we dared one of the guys in our group to go pick up a girl with his “awkward moves” and it worked! We were ALL in shock (even he was too!) We spent about an hour there giving him hints and being silly! ;)

The final stop was another club on the other side of Downtown which was fun, but kind of dead since it was pretty late. We only stayed there for about an hour! Funny thing though, when we were leaving and getting into the taxi cab, I fell off the curb and almost face planted into the taxi! What can I say, I’m REALLY clumsy!

It was a SUPER fun St. Patrick’s Day and definitely made up for last year when I was SICK as a dog in Washington DC!

Hope you enjoyed this recap! There are only 2 and a half days to recap which include waterfalls, hummingbirds, and zip-lining! :D

What did you do for St. Patrick’s Day? Have you ever taken a cooking class?

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2 Responses to Pura Vida!- Costa Rica Day 5

  1. I made some baked empanadas and they were tasty! You could modify this recipe even further and make your own dough (I bought mine!) Here is the recipe: http://cookanewmealnight.wordpress.com/?s=empanadas

  2. yall did a great job it all looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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