The study abroad program with ISA (International Studies Abroad) includes three excursions. This weekend we went on the first to the beach Tamarindo. Tamarindo is in Guanacaste (a providence) which is in the north of the Costa Rica. The bus ride to the beach was about six hours, and we left right at 1pm right after the Spanish classes. While the bus ride was very long, we did get to see a lot of the countryside on the way there and back. I was surprised by how few towns there were along the way. Most of Costa Rica is very rural. While the homes were very similar to the homes in San Jose, the towns were similar to small country towns in the Midwest. Many people were barefoot and traveled by bike. We arrived at the hotel, Tamarindo Diria, an hour before dinner. Dinner was a traditional Costa Rican dinner with a show of traditional dancing after dinner.
|Sailing on the Marlin del Rey|
At 1pm, sixty of us boarded a huge catamaran, and sailed to a secluded beach. Once at the beach, most of us went snorkeling. Snorkeling was amazing! I felt like I was visiting a completely alien world for that hour. The water was very clear, and I was able to see tons of fish. The rocks were gray, so most of the fish weren’t very colorful, but there were so many different kinds that the time passed quickly as I tried to follow every single one! The crevices in the rocks were like avenues for the fish to swim down. After swimming, we had a BBQ lunch (at 3pm) and sailed back to the main beach area to watch the sunset.
|Ocean view from my room balcony|
Sunday morning I took a swim in the ocean. This morning I was the only person in the water. I also spent more time walking on the beach and watching the pelicans and seagulls feed. Many of the other students took surfing lessons. At 1pm we left Tamarindo. The bus ride back was very quiet as we were all exhausted from a very exciting weekend! Pura Vida!