Saturday, May 12, 2012

Day 1 - Saturday, May 12, 2012

Bien Venidos a Costa Rica!!

Pura vida mai! Last night, after we got sent to the back of the plane (apparently Annie and Piper were too loud because of their overload on candy), the five hour flight with two screaming babies, seemed to pass pretty quickly, at least for Sra. Monterroso it did.  After making it through customs and baggage claim, we somehow managed to find our bus and pile in for another long two hour trip. When we got to Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat Lodge, we were surrounded by a wonderful breakfast. We stuffed ourselves until our bellies were about to burst. Because of this, our delightful guides decided to take us on a three hour hike through the tropical rainforest with snakes, bugs, and a flea-infested dog (who we nicknamed Poison Dart Dog). When we stopped to take a short break in a nearby stream, everyone stampeded the water not realizing that it contained steep slopes with flesh-eating minnows. One of the poor victims of these fishies was the unfortunate Christian Luskey as he was doing the dead man’s float. Soon after, we packed up and headed back to the lodge. On the way, our instructors decided not to warn us about the Indiana-Jones-sized ants. The ants decided to play a lovely game of see-who-can-suck-the-most-blood-out-of-the-innocent-human-beings-first.  Good time for a jog.  We had lunch and then enjoyed a much appreciated rest period that was somewhat disturbed by an unharmonious chorus of cicadas (and giggling kids, says Sra. Monterroso).  After, we engaged in team building activities and learned a few TMI’s from Christian.  We appreciated dinner and ended our day with a final team meeting and this entry!  Hope you’re having fun in America!! J

Annie, Piper, Rachel, Maryam, Mollie, Hope, Emma, Sarah, Garrett, Cameron, Christian, and Sra. Monterroso

WARNING: Some content may be over embellished!


Martha Husain said...

Sounds like you're having fun. Ask Maryam if the cicadas miss her dad. Her hamster is not dead yet. We will keep trying. Miss you.

CarolM said...

We love hearing about all the details - keep the messages coming. Annie, your dad and brothers treated me to breakfast in bed and made sure I had a relaxing Mother's Day. We miss you. Don't let the bedbugs bite!

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