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Adios To An Unforgettable Summer

My experience these past three months has been amazing and taught me all sorts of things, about myself and about life. I’m all for ‘everything happens for a reason’ and I know that I was meant to be in Costa Rica this summer. Yes, the internship was great! I learned a lot, and had the opportunity to work on a lot of things marketing related with Outward Bound that I had never done before, and it taught me a lot! I had the opportunity to own different projects, and do a lot of things I hadn’t done in previous internships. Aside from the work part though l met some amazing people, had unforgettable experiences, and will always keep the people and this summer close to my heart. Some things I’ve learned-

I LOVE the Outdoors!!

Hiking, climbing mountains, kayaking, beachin it, ATVing…. The list goes on. I still will give credit to my best friend for introducing me to the outdoors, and after this summer I realized just how passionate I am about it. Already planning some hiking trips in the US that I want to do, and mapping out some other places I can explore. WOO! ☺

Who wouldn't want to spend the day admiring views like this!?

Who wouldn’t want to spend the day admiring views like this!?

Also I would much rather be surrounded by a forest or jungle, than a huge city. While I do think Ill live in the city for some time when I get back, I don’t see myself settling down there..I think I’d go nuts. ☺

Dreams Come True—If you have the determination and courage to make them happen

Ever since I made my first solo out of the country and venture to Brazil, I’ve had a bug that will never go away: the travel bug. Seeing Brazil and learning about this entire different world and culture in South America lit a fire, and while I always knew how much I dreamed of seeing the world, I never knew how much that passion would just continue to grow. I guess I always knew seeing the world was my dream, but would it ever happen?

Now, having traveled to Brazil, studied in Spain and ventured around Europe, and lived in Costa Rica I’ve realized one thing—My dream will come true, because I’ve already watched it start to happen. But it wasn’t handed to me, that’s a fact. I worked my butt off taking classes and 5am shifts a work to be able to study in Brazil and Spain, and spent hours searching the web for a job abroad because that’s what I wanted to do. Upon finding this internship I then spent hours perfecting my cover letter and resume, practicing interview questions, and doing whatever else I could to heighten my chances.

All of these things happened, because I made them happen. For me that is the most gratifying realization I could ever ask for. For some reason this ‘epiphany’ -I guess you could call it- hit me since I’ve been here and it has made me personally gain confidence, and feel almost unstoppable. I’ve learned that things may not always go my way, but there’s always a plan. Whether we believe it or not. All the things I’ve accomplished didn’t come without obstacles, I just learned how to overcome them and the outcome has been fantastic.

Views on our base

Views on our base

I have a serious obsession with Hammocks

Call me a hippie.. I don’t care. Hammocks are the most comfortable thing to just lounge in all day and nap or read.. Im currently trying to figure out how I’m going to hang mine when I get home… Im going to have to get creative.

Lazy Sunday? Hammock Time.

Lazy Sunday? Hammock Time.

Time to read a book? Time to read a book IN A HAMMOCK... ;P

Time to read a book? Time to read a book IN A HAMMOCK… ;P

Bar, Beach, Hammock?! Yes.

Bar, Beach, Hammock?! Yes.

Time To Make Things Happen

So many little things I’ve always wanted to do—ex: learn to play the guitar. (which may or may not have been heightened by the amount of jam sessions I had while being here) I can easily accomplish that, if I just finally do it and stop talking about how I want to do it. So as little things come that I can make happen, I’m just going to start doing. You’ll never cross off everything on your life list if you don’t start making them happen or at least planning to make them happen. And once you start doing all the things you’ve finally wanted to do, its amazing how much happier you are =]

Took me a while, but I finally did this...Jumping from the waterfall

Took me a while, but I finally did this…Jumping from the waterfall

Which leads me to…

Follow your heart

No matter how small it might be, doing things you want to do makes you a happier person. I’ve always known this, but it just continues to be reinforced. I found this internship, and while it seemed at first it was hard to get everyone on board with it, I knew in my heart this is what I wanted and so off to Costa Rica I went. And so many more great things followed. When your truly passionate about doing something and you finally go for it I really believe there’s such a positive energy flowing in that direction that even more great things follow. Maybe you encounter some obstacles but you just gotta keep your head up and keep a positive outlook that it’ll all work out.

I was ready to embark on this adventure alone because I wanted to do it so badly. I ended up having a BLAST doing it with four friends and we made it an amazing time !

I was ready to embark on this adventure alone because I wanted to do it so badly. I ended up having a BLAST doing it with four friends and we made it an amazing time !

Being surrounded by amazing people makes for amazing times

Ranking my abroad experiences has always been hard—each of them taught me something different and each was an exciting adventure in their own ways. One thing I have learned from all of them—It’s not about where you are, but who your with. And this applies to any situation! Kind of cliché I know, but this is something I cannot stop thinking about.

My experience here this past three months would not have been the same had I not been surrounded by such AMAZING people. Every single person was welcoming, positive, and ready to have an exciting summer together. An exciting energy filled the room when the instructors and interns returned from course and we were all able to take trips, go out, or just hang in the kitchen having jam sessions. It constantly reminded me of when I traveled to Brazil, that group of people gave off the same vibe. It makes it that much more sad to leave, but I also know all of our wanderlust will lead us back on the same path someday.

So as I could go on about personal experiences with everyone, that would take forever. Just know, I enjoyed sharing this adventurous summer with all of you !!

Party at Pizote!!

Party at Pizote!!

A lot of this stuff I guess I’ve always known but I’ve finally started to embrace the knowledge to make myself a better and happier person. Honestly I’m not sure exactly why or how or what made me have such a change of pace since being here. I think it was a little of everything. The people I was surrounded by, the environment I lived in, and the things I was able to experience.. Either way, I couldn’t have asked for a better three months. I feel like I know myself a lot better, I know what I want, and I know the person I want to continue to be. It’s a great feeling, and I’m ready to get back to Chicago and continue on with life!

Costa Rica, you have been great! I know I’ll be seeing you again.

Forever here in spirit.. until we return... :)

Forever here in spirit.. until we return… 🙂

Pura Vida!!


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Balloons, Booze, and goodByes

Well yesterday was my last day of work, and as fun and exciting as the day was, it was so bittersweet! The people I’ve met here have made working that much more fun, and have me looking back on these past three months and already dubing them as some of the best three months I’ve ever experienced!!

Now.. about my day.

You know the day is going to be amazing when this is what you dub your work attire:

The Pants.

The Pants.

Yep, these are the best pair of pants I currently own. Amazing, comfortable.. I may as well not be wearing anything.

Anywho..
Not only is it Kaari and my last day, but one of the instructor interns Sarah left, AND it was Kirbi (our enrollment managers) Birthday! Again, Happy Birthday Kirbi!! So basically this was a day people have been anticipating because of the amounts of treats that were in the making thanks to the lovely Donna, who is not only an amazing instructor, but an amazing cook.

We began the day with carrot cake pancakes that were TO DIE FOR, and off to work we went. 15 minutes in, and Allison appeared with a bag of balloons—perfect for making balloon animals—Jeff showed up with cupcakes – AND THE CELEBRATIONS BEGAN!! We spent some time youtubing balloon animals..then decided to actually start working.

Balloons!!

Balloons!!

Twas a typical day in the office after that, or so it seemed. As I loaded up my computer to start to write enthralling press releases; Allison summoned me to help her do some inventory on current swag in the office. As I walked over to the bin of sweatshirts and took off the top- there lied a Smirnoff Ice.

Me: omg….BAHAHAHAH
Allison: YESS. *sarcastic voice* Did you just get iceddd?!? *gets into random squat position and starts waving her hands in the air* BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM !!! (you probably won’t get this unless you worked with us but it was pretty hilarious)–and runs into Kaaris office

Allison- Kaari did you just get iced tooo?!!?? So did Melodey, HOW WEIRD!!!

Hahahah what a start to my morning..
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At lunchtime Donna made amazing lasagna and for dessert: brownies, carrot cake cupcakes, and lemon merangue pie. Oh, and there was ice cream. Needless to say we were all on sugar high’s after that.

But the fun wasn’t over yet!! Whats a party without……… a Piñata. Fully stocked with more sweets, ring pops, gum… and some lovely notes that perfectly capture moments spent in the office haha

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Unless you were in the office you may not understand theses...but funny either way bahaha

Unless you were in the office you may not understand theses…but funny either way bahaha

I couldn’t have asked for a better/ more fun last day of work!! I cant believe its over =[ What an amazing experience I have had working with the most fun group of people. Ill miss this so much!


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Summiting Chirripó: 40km in 48 hours

40km and 48 hours later, I am back at our Rainforest base having summited Costa Rica’s highest mountain. I must say the entire experience is something I will remember for the rest of my life. It was the most challenging, invigorating, blissful, and painful journey, and worth every single Kilometer.

I made the journey with four other girls, and we left for our hike on the 8th. Kaari and I met with Kat, Sarah and Amelia (who by the way works with us, lives by Chirripó, guides people up the mountain, and has summited the mountain 76 times…WOAH) the night before to eat pizza and get all the details of our trip squared away..and by details I mean deciding if we should leave at 4am or 4:30am…. It was more or less an excuse for a ‘last supper’ aka wine and pizza..we decided to leave by 4:30am, and that next day we were off!

'The Last Supper' AKA-Pizza and Wine

‘The Last Supper’ AKA-Pizza and Wine

Ready to Hike

Ready to Hike

Yep.

Yep.

Getting Ready To Start The Hike

Getting Ready To Start The Hike

It was 14km to the base camp, and it took us approximately 9.5hours to finally get there. Between the intensity of the hike, and our huge backpacks, we took it pretty slow. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls to hike with. No matter how thick the mud was that we were slipping on and getting stuck in, how steep the rocky hills were that we had to climb up, or how annoying the bugs were that were constantly swarming us, no one complained. We were always down for a good laugh, or riddles to make the time pass, and at each kilometer marker we stopped to act out the names. You see they all had different names, and we couldn’t think of any better way and fun thing to do than act them out; for example:

km 2 was 'los monos'

km 2 was ‘los monos’

'the oaks'

‘the oaks’

km9: The bearded man

km9: The bearded man

km11: The Burns --We had that on our face all day

km11: The Burns –We had that on our face all day

'Nice Plain' = Plank Time

‘Nice Plain’ = Plank Time

km 13: The repentants

km 13: The repentants

Clearly we had a blast!

Kilometer 9 taught me that Chirripó is literally no joke, and 13 tested all of us. Getting to base camp was the most gratifying thing, all of us were ready to pass out and EAT. It was about 2:30pm by the time we reached base camp. We got to our room and immediately changed out of our wet clothes and into some warm ones, and out of our muddy boots. Let me just say, our room was smelling mighty lovelyyy after that 😉 After playing ‘hi and lows’ of the day, reminiscing about how we basically almost died on the hike up, how our pictures were hilarious, and how amazing it all was, we got to bed ready to get up at 2:00am to summit the mountain and see the sunrise.

Almost to base...It was so foggy but looked so amazing!

Almost to base…It was so foggy but looked so amazing!

At Base Camp

At Base Camp

2:00am the next morning we woke us, loaded up on oatmeal and eggs (protein and carbs, protein and carbs) and set out to summit. We had 5km to get to the top, and we were determined to see the sunrise. Walking out of the base in the morning was gorgeous. It was pitch black outside and all you could see were the millions of stars, and silhouettes of the mountains that were surrounding us. It was absolutely beautiful and made for a very peaceful morning hike. Thank goodness we had Amelia with us though because if we didn’t we would’ve either gotten lost, or probably walked off a boulder and into the dam because it was so dark and at times it was hard to know which way to go…

Anyways, as we began to see the sky get lighter, our pace picked up a little bit and once we could finally see Chirripó in the distance we couldn’t wait to get to the top. The last 300m were slightly terrifying but also amazing. It was basically a straight vertical climb up rocky terrain. The only way to get up was using your hands and feet, climb, and in my case not look down. I’m not very scared of heights but this little bit scared me a little. All I could think about was putting my foot on a loose rock, slipping, and seriously injuring myself…and then all the sudden I rounded a corner, and there it was: The Costa Rican flag, and Chirripó sign.

I did it! :) Amazing Feeling

I did it! 🙂 Amazing Feeling

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Wine at the summit!

Wine at the summit!

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Summiting the mountain was the most gratifying, blissful, amazing experience. Kaari and I reached the top first, and as everyone else made their way up one of the guys at the top commented ‘The suns waiting for you!” and who would’ve thought that quote would stay with us forever. All we wanted to see was the sunrise, and five minutes later the sun came up, and we enjoyed the sunrise at the summit. The sun really had waited for us.

We took some amazing photos, and spent about an hour or so there before going to the bottom.

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watching the sunrise at the summit

watching the sunrise at the summit

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We had to be all the way back to the bottom by 3pm, so we spent two hours making it to the basecamp, ate, and walked the 5 in a half hours back to the bottom. They were the most painful five in a half hours of my life and I swear my body was just like ‘what the hell are doing to me’.. you would think going downhill would be easy, but it wasn’t. But we all trucked through and again, no complainers. It was an amazing experience, and while my legs still feel like they are going to fall off, and my body is in total recovery mode, I still cannot believe we summited Costa Rica’s highest mountain. It was truly an unforgettable adventure and I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing group of girls to travel with!

Photo on the way down

Photo on the way down

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Oh, forgot.. once everyone left the mountain, we took some fun photos by ourselves…… viewer discretion advised 😉

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Un buen viaje!! Costa Rica, you will be missed.


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Currently: Hiking A Mountain

So I am currently on my way to hike the tallest mountain in Costa Rica: Mt.Chirripó! It’s the 38th tallest in the world, and the highest mountain in Central America! Super excited to hopefully cross another thing off my list: Summit a Mountain and not only that but to push myself and endure the amazing experience and journey of it all. Stay tuned for an update when I get back! ☺

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Zoomin’ to Montezuma

Just when I thought Costa Rica couldn’t get any more amazing, it did. Eliot (the media intern) and I ended up being the only two that were going to be stranded on base one weekend, so we decided to jet off to the distant town of waterfalls, turtle islands, and beautiful landscapes; and that town was Montezuma.

Montezuma

Montezuma


Since this weekend was so Epic Im going to break it up a little to make it an easier read 😉

Day 1

Part 1: Jake

So Eliot and I lucked out, and it just so happened one of our OBCR drivers would be going to the airport that morning, so we woke at 4am to catch a ride to San Jose so we could grab a bus to Montezuma. BUT WAIT.. curveball. As were driving to the airport, Diego, our driver, told us he could take us all the way to Puntarenas which was exactly where we would take a bus too. We were ecstatic and happy to be getting a ride. We arrived in Puntarenas at around 6am (which by the way was the time our bus was supposed to leave San Jose to go to Puntarenas.. needless to say Diego drove fast) Our ferry didn’t leave until 9:30 so as us Gringos were walking around town we ran into Jake.

Jake was a cool fellow who lived in Montezuma but was currently spending some time in Puntarenas working at a restaurant, and just helping people, which he constantly reminded us he loved doing. He came right up to us, showed us a restaurant we could wait at and explained he would be back with a map of Montezuma that showed all we could do.

True to his word Jake showed up at the restaurant we were at a little later, with a nice map in hand:

Our Map !

Our Map !

Everything we needed to know. Hostels, places to see, it was actually pretty helpful. He told us about the waterfall the runs into the ocean, the six you can find if you just keep climbing through the jungle, and the rocks he stacked at a nearby beach. “Find Alex at Eco tours if you want to go to Tortuga Island” he told us. “Just don’t go to Zuma tours, they’re Italian Mob and pieces of Shit” ……….*silence* Well ok then. Eco tours it was. With all this newfound info, we thanked Jake, gave him a nice tip for helping us out, and got on the fairy to Montezuma!

Part 2: Bucket List: Jump Off A Waterfall

So we got to Montezuma, booked a hostel and we knew exactly where we were headed: The waterfalls. We had gone to Montezuma with one goal: Jump off a waterfall. And we were doing it.

We got to the first waterfall and it was OK.. basically we acted like we were in awe because I think in the back of our minds we both thought we had overshot our expectations. We kept walking on, and then we turned the corner. That’s when we saw the main waterfall; literally jaw dropping. We snapped some photos and then moved on….

Makin our way to the falls

Makin our way to the falls

The first little falls we came across

The first little falls we came across

The main attraction and tallest waterfall!

The main attraction and tallest waterfall!

We had been told if we went further up we would find the one we could jump off of.. so we scaled the completely vertical mountain. (mind you we had just been told people have died making this climb) We were literally holding on to branches of trees and roots until we got to the next waterfall, and sure enough by the time we got there, people were jumping off what was about a 40-50ft waterfall. It was amazing, and after some serious courage and a countdown, I made my jump. CHECK; one leap and I checked that off my list. Then we continued to just hang out, take on the rope swing, and chill until it started getting dark. Yep AMAZING DAY, and so worth getting up at 4am.

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I was freaking out.

I was freaking out.

Jumping from the waterfall

Jumping from the waterfall

Rope Swing!! Clearly I have no arm strength... haha

Rope Swing!! Clearly I have no arm strength… haha

The last set of waterfalls we climbed too

The last set of waterfalls we climbed too

Day 2: Tortuga Island

So the night before we had found Eco-tours, talked to Alex, and after being haggled for a bit got him down to a good price for the tour of Isla Tortuga with some friends we had met. So we set out a 9am on Sunday to go to the tour of Tortuga Island.

Mind you, we woke up to Torrential Downpour, lightning, and thunder. And the Tico guides wanted us to get in a boat?! Needless to say everyone was skeptical, but we also knew there was no way we were getting our money back, so we may as well take our chances. As I sat clenching the garbage bag full of life jackets (If the boat was going to flip, those jackets were coming with me) the lady next to me was literally screaming at the captain about how unsafe it was. I was fine, except I could tell the captain was starting to look a little nervous. He even stopped the boat at one point and asked us if we wanted him to stop, but majority ruled, and though it was clear one lady was scared out of her mind, we continued on. I wasn’t too worried, Ive been in Costa Rica long enough to know that the storm would probably pass and the day would be gorgeous.

mid-storm....

mid-storm….

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during the torrential downpour....

during the torrential downpour….

And it did. We spent the say snorkeling nearby, and taking a Kayak to a little Island off the coast. It was amazing to say the least, and ended up being the perfect day. There was a point when a girl we were snorkeling with went missing, but luckily after some semi-panic, we found her diving around the corner.

Tortuga Island!

Tortuga Island!

Kayaking to the other secluded Island

Kayaking to the other secluded Island

On the other Island with Tortuga in the distance

On the other Island with Tortuga in the distance

The little Island we kayaked too

The little Island we kayaked too

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SNORKILIN

SNORKILIN

Other than that it was amazing, as we made our way back around 4pm we passed Chorro, another waterfall that flows right into the ocean, we decided we would try and get there the next day. And we also passed the beaches with a bunch of stacked rocks-Jake’s rocks. So everything he had told us we may see, we had; and his information was greatly appreciated.

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We got back and decided to eat at Cocolores, which Jake had also mentioned was the best restaurant in town. And no joke, that night I had the best meal I have had since being in Costa Rica these three months: NOM.

before and after. What. A. Meal.

before and after. What. A. Meal.

Day 3: Always Read The Fine Print

On Day three we decided to take an ATV to the waterfall that ran off into the ocean. So we walked into a rental shop and the guy tells us its 35$ for the day, ok good deal we thought. So we ask the guy if we can go on the beach to the waterfall El Chorro:
‘yeah, yeah no problem!’ So we signed the contract and headed to the beach… and within minutes of being there a lady was waving her arms at us telling us to get off the beach. So we got off and headed back to the guy who we rented ATVs from, he was on the phone, and looked pissed. “My boss saw you on the beach, and your not aloud to be on the beach so you have to pay $100” Well after some arguing, we realized that we didn’t read the fine print of the contract we signed, and that did not work in our favor. You see it came down to us talking with the boss and him basically saying “You have to pay me $100, or Im calling the police. You signed a legal contract” Ok, ATV rental guy, You Win. But we didn’t let that ruin our day. We continued to venture up the dirt roads, into the mountains and got some breathtaking views of Montezuma and the Countryside. It was beautiful, and in the grand scheme of things it was only $50 each which couldn’t compare to the overall experience we had. The ferry ride leaving Montezuma was bittersweet but we had made some great friends and the views leaving were amazing! Hasta Luego!

Ridin through the dirt roads into the mountains!

Ridin through the dirt roads into the mountains!

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One of the most amazing views!

One of the most amazing views!

Bye for now Montezuma!

Bye for now Montezuma!

Also, I stole most of these photos from Eliot whose an amazing photographer/videographer and going to make movies one day. Check these out 🙂


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Costa Rica’s Best Kept Secret?

A few weekends ago I was approached to take the weekend off and go to yet another beach for a fun party that was supposed to be happening. How could I say no?! So me, Kaari, and my friend Michelle packed up and made our way to Samara!

The Lovely Samara

Before Samara I had been to Manuel Antonio: Super Touristy; Puerto Viejo: Less touristy, but if you went to the beach you were kind of stuck until you wanted to go back for food. (the good beach was a little far from everything else with no restaurants nearby) and now Samara: the perfect combination.

By the time we actually arrived it was almost 11pm, basically we got there, dropped our stuff, changed, and went out. The house we were staying at was on the beach, so we literally walked out the back door and found the bar everyone was at. Samara is so small that everyone migrates to one bar each night, so once you found the bar everyone was at there was no point venturing any further. It happened to be reggae night (which is every night at basically every beach town here haha) and we spent the night just dancing and meeting new people.

I met a lot of people from the states who were actually living in Samara for some time, just getting away from chaotic life back home. And I don’t blame them, it’s a pretty chill town and I could totally spend an extended amount of time there. Don’t get me wrong, there were tourists, but I would almost describe this as a best-kept secret in Costa Rica, because its not tooo touristy, and honestly had one of my friends not lived here for 7 months prior to being an OBCR instructor, I wouldn’t have known it existed. A lot of the people I met were living there or going to the language school, not many people just traveling which was super interesting; a lot different than the other towns I’ve visited.

The next day we hopped out of bed and onto the beach.. literally.. It was only ten feet away. We spent the day swimming, exploring the little shops, and eating food at what we described at the literal, Rainforest Cafe. It was as if we were at the rainforest cafe, except everything was real. Trees covered everything, to the point where even when it rained you barley got wet. And we sat and ate under a little cabana..overall good day.

The rest of the time we literally spent doing absolutely nothing. Samara is so small we literally did and saw all there was too do in a day and a half. Haha so for the rest of our time I laid in a hammock, and then had a movie night our last night there.

You see, we were staying at a really nice house. Air conditioning, big beds with comfortable mattresses and down comforters, TV with cable in the bedrooms….. it was hard to want to go out the second night once we laid down and found a good movie to watch haha Not that living on base isn’t fantastic, I really do love it! Being in the rainforest is amazing, but it is nice to have air conditioning and amazing beds every once in awhile 😛

Overall it was a great trip!

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Oh I forgot to mention…

So the interesting thing in Costa Rica (And quite Convenient) is that you can get anywhere via bus. But what if the bus is full? You may ask…. well… theres no such thing as a ‘full bus’ in Costa Rica. Instead theres ‘de pie’ which literally means ‘On foot’ … In other words, you can still buy a bus ticket for the same price, you just don’t get a seat, you have to stand…the whole way. Us being the procrastinators that we are found ourselves in this predicament when we bought our tickets, and came to the sad realization that we were about to embark on a five hour bus ride home standing the entire time. Que Lastima!

So this was our ticket… Yes.. We were considered Cargo
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Now as sad as this was, theres always a light at the end of the tunnel, and someone was definitely looking out for us. The lady at the bus station told us we could probably get a seat until we reached the first stop and more people boarded. So once we boarded we chose three random seats, and waited for someone to come kick us out saying we were in there seat…
…….and it never happened. Turns out 3 people decided not to make their trip.. and we just so happened to sit in their exact seats. (everyone has assigned seats on these buses) Que bien! So thanks to the big guy upstairs for lookin’ out! 🙂


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One Fruit, Two Fruit, Red Fruit, Spiky Fruit?!

Ok, so I wanted to do a little post about one of my newly beloved Costa Rican fruits: Mamon Chino. The first time I was told to try one of these, I looked at it and didn’t think it was edible. It’s a little red (sometimes orange/yellowish depending on it’s ripeness) round fruit, with a spiky peel. I had never seen anything like it. I happened to be sitting with my friends and after picking it up and playing with it for a bit I was told “Bite it and inside there’s a HUGE GUMMY BEAR!” Now, if you know me pretty well, you would know that gummy bears are one of my favorite candies, and if you knew my friend who told me this you would know shes hilarious and that what was inside probably wasn’t exactly just a gummy bear. So as skeptical as I was that this gummy fruit was inside, Im always up for trying new things, so I bit into it, and peeled the spiking peel back. To my surprise what looked like a huge gummy thing actually was inside. Its basically like a big seed covered in a layer of a sweet chewy fruit. Delicious!! I could eat them forever. I feel about mamon chino the way I feel about cuties back home, healthy, delicious, and I cant just eat one….YUM.

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