By: Gresham Shepherd
I’ve definitely come to realize that Costa Rica is a beautiful place. Today, God blessed us with amazing bonding time with our team and also by getting us out of our comfort zone. We started off by going to a huge farmers market in San José. Everyone on the team got to try exotic fruits and vegetables. We also got to try communicating and negotiating with the vendors in Spanish. Going to the farmers market was an incredible experience for all of us to get settled into Costa Rica for the week. After visiting the farmers market, we went to the Irazu Volcano. Although the weather wasn’t the best, we all managed to run around like hooligans in the rain and hail to see the volcano. All in all, visiting the volcano was definitely a once in a lifetime experience and an amazing memory to begin the week. Following the volcano, we ate a typical Costa Rican lunch at a nearby restaurant. The meal consisted of a choice of meat, rice, beans, salad, and fried plantains. After the meal, we took a walking tour of San José. During the tour, several team members (myself included) chased pigeons trying to catch one. Unfortunately, we had no luck. Like yesterday, we ended the night with dinner at the hotel, small group, and one-on-ones. Safe to say, today was a packed and fun first full day. Tomorrow, we will break out into 4 groups and begin serving at the centers.