Hey Friends and Family back home!
What I have learned in the past 24 hours is that whether this your first mission trip to Costa Rica or your fifth this is a special place that holds your heart. It already feels like a second home. God’s love is so evident here through the beautiful ticos and ticas and the jaw dropping landscape that surrounds us. Today we were able to experience both of these things by visiting the local farmers market, souvenir market, and the waterfalls in the rainforest.
We started today off by eating breakfast at early because we had a day full of tourist activities. We were not going to be serving at the centers today. We loaded on to the buses and headed in to the city to visit the local farmers market and scavenger hunt for local fruits. Bargaining for fruit may not seem like a difficult task but add in a language barrier and good luck! We all struggled to communicate in the beginning but the Costa Ricans were so amazing and were so helpful in helping us find our items.
After a short 15 minute walk (not including time spent on photo ops). We arrived at the souvenir market and really had to use our bargaining sills. In this hot and cramped space we had only 20 minutes to find our treasures for ourselves and our loved ones. Seeing all these handmade objects gave me such an appreciation for the Costa Ricans because of their dedication to crafts and their kindness to us.
Our final destination was the waterfalls located in the rainforest. In order to get to there we had to take an hour bus ride and this wasn’t any bus ride. We rode up a mountain made of small roads and sharp turns. This ride was nerve wracking but as soon as we arrived we knew the stomach churning ride was worth it. We are able to to see many different animals native to the rainforest before we walked to the waterfalls. Some of these really cool animals were jaguars, parrots, monkeys, and snakes. If you were lucky you were chose to milk a cow or hold a snake. Lastly, we were able to walk to the waterfalls. This place was something special. God was definitely showing off with his creation here.
Today I was in awe of this beautiful country and God’s immense love for us. Our activities today got me so excited to love on the kids tomorrow and the days to come. Pura Vida!
Written by: Kara Daniel