This is Elena, Brian, and Dot writing from Puerto Viejo, a small surfing town on the Caribbean coast in the region of Limón. After a fruitful and engaging week at practicum and class, this day trip provided the group with both a chance to unwind as well as a rich cultural experience. The journey to Puerto Viejo proved adventurous, what with hairpin turns and steep, rainy mountain passes, but it was well worth it! Though the trip was short-lived, we were able to get a feel for local culture, which included a diverse population of local residents and people living abroad.
Rain-filled skies did not put a damper on our adventure: some of us had the opportunity to take a morning surf lesson before leaving (in Spanish!), while others swam in the warm Caribbean and partook in Latin and Reggae dancing. Road-side stops on the way and coming back from Puerto Viejo allowed us to experience local cuisine and small-town culture outside of the city of San José. Some of the food at a road-side kitchen included huevos mexicanos, gallo pinto (a staple!), and carne con jamón. We are really looking forward to our trip to the Arenal volcano and Baldi hot springs this weekend which will include zip lining through the lush jungles!