I've been really missing Costa Rica lately. I've been there twice, in 2008 and again in 2011. For those of you who don't know, I have a passion for missions and foreign cultures. I simply cannot wait till I get to live in another country and am so excited to see where in the world the Lord will lead me.
I hope you enjoy this reminiscent post. I hope to have more posts like this in the future as I travel more. The beauty of Costa Rica, its land and people, are amazing! I just loved it!
Here's a glimpse of some of the mountains.
Doesn't quite do it justice.
While we were there we mostly interacted with children. We played with them and taught them Bible studies. They were precious and I loved how they always giggled at our attempts at speaking Spanish. We toted around "goodie bags" full of fun school supplies, toys, and silly bands. Not only were these kids super sweet, but they kicked our butts at soccer!
Costa Ricans are probably the nicest, hospitable, humble, and most patient people I have ever met. They are so happy, grateful, and content with what that have, which is barely anything. So challenging to us Americans who are extremely spoiled and rich compared to them.
This is the backyard of an elderly lady's house that we helped fix up. She often does her laundry and dishes in this river.
This is my little friend William (or Guillermo). He was five years old at the time and was SO energetic and full of life. He just wanted me to carry him on my back all day long. Boy, my arms were hurting the next day, but it was so worth it. He melted my heart.
Okay, the food on Costa Rica? DELICIOUS! You have rice and beans for pretty much every meal, but their rice and beans are much different then ours. They are SO much better! AND you have fresh fruit juice or a smoothie with each meal! Literally the week of meals I've ever had.
Lastly, their beaches are BEAUTIFUL too! The sand is actually black there. Not at all what I was expecting. The waves are very big in some parts of it, and the area that we were staying at has big surfing competitions there a lot. We actually got to watch one the second time I went! Too cool! And yes, I did try surfing once while I was there. I failed miserably. Zero coordination for this girl.
That's all for now. Just wanted to share what has been on my heart lately.
I'm going to try to write a post about the future and where I think the Lord is leading me overseas. I'm also heading to South Asia this summer with my church here at school and I am STOKED! Can't wait to see what the Lord will do on this upcoming trip!
Have a lovely day everyone! :)