Every day is packed full with activity. Breakfast at 7am. Halfway back to the room we get a laughing fit. James discovers that he doesn't have a matching pair of shoes on. After a few steps it gets worse because we see that he has TWO LEFT SHOES on. Really? One of the fellow travelers says that sometimes when you laugh so hard at our age, the tears will run down your legs.
We wait in the lobby from where the bus will take us. I took this picture because of the lamp. It is a tree. A lot of the things like bathroom hooks in our room are from nature.
There is another 'tree lamp'.
Too cute everybody hanging over the edge.
Sonja's story is incredible. She doesn't speak English but Nestor translates. It comes over so sincere and we all instantly liked her.
And yes, she did the crocheting.
Here is a video:
Sonja shows us how to make empenadas
I gave her the heart I had tatted in the plane coming. She seemed to really like it and be pleased. Somehow it seemed appropriate to do.
And then it was time to move on.
Here is a video of the children singing the
Costa Rica National Anthem
The hokey pokey
Time to leave the school for our home-hosted lunch. We are divided into three groups.
Our family is Victor and Miriam with son Fabian.
First we are served papaya juice. Then we have rice, a broth, an assortment of vegetables all out of their own garden, fried banana and stewed beef. Once it was in our plates it was pretty much like stew. It was very delicious.
We were surprised how much the man of the house helped with the kitchen duties.
Video dance lesson 1
Video dance lesson 2
Video dance lesson 3
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The official OAT itinerary of today:
We can opt to wake up early to take in the sights and sounds of Costa Rica at sunrise, as we go in search of the area’s indigenous birds with our Trip Leader. Then, after breakfast at our lodge, we enjoy a unique opportunity to spend A Day in the Life of a Costa Rican village, including a visit to a local elementary school (when in session), supported in part by Grand Circle Foundation. The children warmly welcome us with infectious enthusiasm, and with their colorful traditional costumes and cheerful demeanor they make a lasting impression on all who meet them—past travelers have found this to be a highlight of the trip.
During our visit, spend some time with the students one-on-one, talk with their teachers and parents, and learn about Costa Rica’s universal educational system. Long a national priority—and a focus of government spending following the abolition of its army—Costa Rica’s policy of universal education has resulted in a literacy rate of 95%. While successful in educating their students, many school systems in Costa Rica suffer from a lack of funding, and the school we visit today has benefited from a Grand Circle Foundation grant, used to improve and expand the school building and grounds by constructing a new ceiling, classrooms, sidewalks, and even (at the San Francisco School) a self-sustaining microfarm project, which provides the students and their community with much-needed nutrition and revenue.
Your day also includes a visit to a local village for a Home-Hosted Lunch. Costa Rican cuisine is simple and wholesome, and a typical meal features chicken, beef, or fish (sometimes grilled), served with tortillas, gallo pinto (a zesty rice-and-bean side dish), and palmito (hearts of palm) salad. But whatever's on the menu, you can count on the warm hospitality of your hosts, who may share some of their experiences of rural life in Costa Rica with us.
Then, we return to our hotel, where the afternoon is at leisure. You will be able to try your hand at preparing Costa Rican bocas (appetizers) during a hands-on cooking lesson before dinner at our hotel.