Pura Vida

The past two week, I’ve been adventuring through Costa Rica

In Puerto Viejo, I strolled through Cahuita National Park, saw a few monkeys, and many leaf cutter ants. I also had a surfing lesson, the first surfing lesson I’ve ever had and the first time I’ve ever surfed. Surfing came with many wipeouts, a bruised knee, arm, and rib, but also with success, I was able to stand up multiple times.

En route to La Fortuna, I went white water rafting.  This wasn’t a beginner river, this was Rio Pacuare, one of the top 10 rivers in the world to go white water rafting on. The water level was high due to a recent storm and the rapids were Class 4+.

During my time in La Fortuna, I hiked a volcanoes, walked around another one, and went to Rio Celeste, one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. I also stayed at the coolest hostel ever, the Arenal Container Hostel. The hostel was two shipping containers repurposed for people to sleep in. It was the nicest hostel of this trip yet!

In Monteverde, it was pouring rain the entire time due to a tropical storm that had hit Costa Rica. In this rain, I ziplined through the jungle, flying high above the forest and through the clouds.

The last few days, I have been relaxing in San Jose. A friend I met on the first leg of my trip in Panama was sent to San Jose for work and let me stay at his hotel for a few nights. I didn’t do a lot besides sit by the pool, watch some MLB playoffs with Spanish announcers, and painfully watched some American news… Last night, one of my favorite professors from Seattle arrived in San Jose and invited me to spend the night with her and catch up about the past few months. It was good to relax and decompress at the halfway point of this trip.

Today, I am flying to Colombia! It has been fun exploring Central America but I’m so excited for this next leg and what it holds.

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