But First, Let Me Take A Selfie

Taken from Emmanuelle’s facebook.

For our final week in Costa Rica, we’ve decided that it is necessary to take at least one selfie-a-day. Especially post-workout.
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10561678_10152595478978630_2167994760720057774_nDia 3: Selfie victim of the day: Our dog Lonni. Needless to say, it was not a success…

10577941_10152598483008630_1035634464_o-1 Dia 4: Today’s selfie consisted of roof climbing with our beautiful Mama Tica to get a better glimpse of God’s beautifully painted sunset.

10569214_10152601272338630_388187452_nDía 5: Our selfie of the day consists of our gelato-eating selves at the first place we explored in Costa Rica, and now the last. Love you, roomie

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Been Around The World, I Speak The Language

In my mind any experience is “worth it” if you have done one of two things: 1. Enjoyed yourself  or 2. Learned something


To begin very basic: The whole reason I went to Costa Rica was to learn Spanish. So I am sure all of you are wondering, are ya fluent??

A: Give me a break, I have only been studying Spanish for 3 months. Who do you think I am? A super human?? Jk.

But for real. I end the summer (I say this with a humble heart, just trying to be honest) with a good comprehension, a pretty good accent, a great base foundation, and a lot more to learn.  I can understand most conversations, if I pay attention, but still have a lot of growth on my speaking ability as well as vocabulary and correct grammatical usage.

As far as the rest goes I learned about what it means to be in a family. I learned that you have to work at those relationships, just as you do friendships. Even more, I now fully understand that the most important thing in life is being a good family member. Without family (in whatever sense you may define that), you have nothing.

I know that people constantly talk about how much going abroad changes them and it’s cheesy. They write long statements about how they’ve grown over their time in another country. But the thing is there is nothing false about it. Sure not everyone practices what they preach when they return to the states, but they will have been changed forever regardless.

From a point of view of being abroad the past two summers I can honestly say I have never learned so much about the person I want to be and at the same time become so confused about the person that I am.

While if don’t know who I’ll become, the impact I’m going to have, I am working to adjust the scale by which I define greatness and accept that it will be different from I first dreamed.

So many of us grow up with the idea in our head that we want to change the world. How? Most of us aren’t lucky enough to know how. Most of us also don’t have a complete grasp on reality to say in what scope (local, global, etc.) we would feel accomplished. But I have been trying to wrap my mind around fully believing: we are all changing the world. Each and every one of us changes the world by simply living. Some of you may be thinking, okay well that’s stupid because that’s not what I meant when I was thinking about making an impact on the world. Don’t get me wrong, I totally feel you. But before we get to the grand scale of world shifting, we have to understand the following: We are all important. What we choose to do with our lives matters. We have complete control over our emotions, happiness, and relationships. We all have the ability to change a life or lives everyday. We often forget about the small acts of kindness we can do for others that could have a much larger, even life changing, impact on someone else. Once we understand that, we can get to the next part.

I ask you to think of how many people you know right now who knew that they would be doing what they are doing, in the company they are doing it in. Really think. The reality is that most people don’t. Life is constantly changing and opportunities are constantly arising that we never even knew existed. So we all need to relax. We can’t just wake up tomorrow and have our whole lives planned out and we can’t plan how we can change the world. I have come to believe that the largest impacts one can have is usually something they stumble upon. Hear me out. If we do things that we are passionate about, then we will be led in the direction of happiness, from there we are given a desire to spread this “thing” to as many people as possible, and maybe just maybe the energy created will be enough to change the world, just as we thought we could do as little kids. I’m not saying we can’t plan and I am not saying that there aren’t ways to make sure these types of impacts occur. But what I am saying is that if you are constantly looking for ways to change the world, then maybe they aren’t as genuine. Sometimes we just have to be patient (something I know I struggle with) and see what life throws our way.


 

I am also definitely still trying to learn that I’m not a slacker if I spend a weeknight hanging with friends. I am still trying to learn that I can still be making a difference even if I am not constantly running from meeting to meeting. I am still trying to learn that being incredibly busy and always doing work is not what makes me the person others tell me I am. I am still trying to learn the work/play balance that doesn’t make me feel either like a workaholic or a slacker. I don’t think these lessons are going to come over night – but in order to make any of this happen, I have to start believe I am changing the world everyday. I need to live my life with what makes me happy and give up the self judgement. There are no shoulds in life. Someone wise once told me to rid that word from my vocabulary and I made a very good progress with not making commitments to things I didn’t want to do, but thought I should do. However, now its time to apply this to how I treat myself. There is nothing that I should be doing. If I do the things that make me happy and that I want to do, then the rest will fall in place. I have a lot of self growth to do in this department, but the only way to make my dreams come true is if I can start learning this now.


 

I have been taught something that matters more than all of those: being a good friend. Hong Kong and now Costa Rica I have seen that I don’t spend enough time just being with my friends. After Hong Kong, I became much better at putting aside time to friends and just hanging. But after Costa Rica, the thing I realized the most is that I don’t truly know all my friends. When you come to college everyone has had 17-19 years of their life already and in most friendships its hard to cover all those years. But those years are important and they make us who we are. I truly believe that those I think of as my best friends, I need to get to know more: who they were, are, and want to be. I don’t mean any of this in a lovely way, but in the sense that I want to know, really know, those I care about most in life. Once I can do that, I think I’ll have become the type of friend and person I have always wanted to be.


Being home has been weird. I still say simple phrases in Spanish: gracias, lo siento, si, permiso, con gusto. I am still confused about the time of day because it doesn’t get dark here until 9pm. I am still struggling with being back in a much more materialistic lifestyle. I know there are so many things that I don’t need, but yet have a desire for them, even after spending 3 months in a place totally content with all my belongings, and this makes me sad. I still miss the mountains, the sunsets, the language, and my tica family – but I grew a lot this summer and I am really excited to see the person I become in the next year.


Sorry if this list is repetitive – Things I want to accomplish in the next year:

  1. Continue Spanish lessons everyday (30 mins to an hour)
  2. Cook on my own and get my eating behavior under control
  3. Expand workout routines
  4. Get to know my friends and family better (skyping once a week or twice a month and hanging out with those near me)
  5. Get rid of the impossible and silly standards I set for myself
  6. Understand that I don’t always have to be working and stop feeling like a slacker when I am not

 

7 Things, 7 Days Revisited

Okay so the title is a little misleading, although the idea was to do something everyday – the reality of our lives and schedules made it so one thing a day was not possible.

1. Watch a Sunrise. Yes, waking up really early to do so. 

While this technically didn’t happen together, I watched the sunrise as I cried my way to the airport.

2. Watch a Sunset in the city. 

Our first attempt with this was a complete fail. On Tuesday, we were on our way to see the sunset when we realized that it was extremely cloudy out and we wouldn’t be able a good sunset. Therefore we went home to save this for another time.

While making Tamales, I noticed that the sun was setting extremely brightly and figured it would be a beautiful sunset. Although Emmanuelle was at school working on a project, I decided to go out to see the sunset. I went out and walked to the spot Emmanuelle and I had planned on watching it from, but unfortunately there were too many buildings in the way for the direction the sun set. So I started walking, legitimately  chasing the sunset to find a good look out. I was able to find two that were prime locations (one outside of another University and along a street). I figured that neither of the spots were particularly okay to stand for a long period of time, especially by myself. Yet, it was awesome to be walking around the city while the sun was setting. In our fast paced everyday lives we often forget to take a few minutes to take in the natural beauty of our world that occurs everyday.

After snapping a few pictures, I walked home and asked my Mama Tica if there was a way to get on the roof to watch the sunset. And just our luck, there was! So Emmanuelle (who had returned home), Mama Tica, and I went to the back, climed up the ladder and chilled on the roof for a few mintues. Sadly, we still were not quite high enough to get a wonderful view – but hey we made it on the roof with Mama Tica so thats pretty swell.

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3. Try the Rice n’ Smile at the mall (arroz con leche).

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4. Go to the Reggae bar in Heredia. 

I’ll probably kick myself the most for never having done this sooner. Not only did the bar stock free drinks for the ladies, but the inside was such a chill environment. (More to be told).

5. Have a final mojito at Hooligans (we haven’t been in over 6 weeks). 

This was replaced by eating gelato at the first place Emmanuelle and I got ice cream.

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6. Try the weird chocolate covered marshmallow candy. 

Really disapointing. On Monday (possibly Sunday – the days run together) we decided to try all the Costa Rican chocolate we have neglected trying. It was probably for the best; the chocolates weren’t that great, very sugary though.

The actual marshmallow of the marshmallow candy was underwhelming. There was no marshmallow taste, only a weird texture.

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7. Go to skating on Ladies Night (its free!). How did we just find out about this??

This was replaced by a last trip to San Jose, to the market, and to POPs (YUM!)

While not everything was accomplished in the final week, it was everything and more than I could have hoped.

40 Things Every College Girl Needs To Be Reminded Once In A While

Such a great list!

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1. The number of weekends you have in college to go out and let loose is not infinite, go out at least once a weekend.

2. So you’ve gained a few pounds? You’re becoming a woman you’re not supposed to look 18 forever.

3. College wouldn’t be college if you got 8 hours of sleep every night. Embrace being tired it means you’re doing something right.

4. Pizza is one of God’s great creations, you’re hurting God’s feelings when you act too good for it.

5. Don’t let one creepy guy form your opinion on an entire fraternity.

6. Do not minimize what a privilege college is. Many people who are capable to be where you are can’t get there for a variety of reasons. Respect your opportunities.

7. Don’t settle for attention from icky guys

8. Don’t settle period.

9. Don’t give up if you’ve…

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A Bittersweet Ending

Now that going home is in the very near future, I completely understand how my friends felt when they were a week and a half away from leaving. The little things that I used to be able to laugh off now suddenly take a bigger weight on my day because I know soon that I’ll no longer have to deal with it and then I become more ready to leave (not excited for all my packing though).

Things I am going to miss about Costa Rica:

1. My Tica Family: it’s hard to be in someone’s life for so long, with great value in the relationship and then never know if you will see them again. I hope with all my heart that we can keep in touch and when my Spanish improves, we can talk in-depth.

2. Being stress free: there isn’t much to worry about here. Even when buses don’t work out or we don’t know how to do something, there’s no reason to worry…it will all work out somehow, probably in a way we don’t understand.

3. Having time to explore every weekend: although it’s very draining on sleep, energy, and money it’s been incredible to experience new things every weekend. While I can still do this in the US, there are many more things eating at my time.

4. The rich Costa Rican culture and pride: These people are so happy to be Ticos. Win or Lose. In good times and in bad.

5. Sunset and mountains: Come on. Who doesn’t love walking outside and seeing lush, green mountains everywhere they go.

Things I am really looking forward to at home:

1. My family and friends: it’s been very lonely as of late since all my friends have left. I’m excited to be reunited with them and hear all about their wonderful summers.

2. Not having to smile, laugh, and nod my head in understanding for things I don’t actually understand and being able to be present in all conversations. I will admit that I am not always paying attention to conversations only because I don’t know what’s going on. Sometimes I’ll express that I don’t understand and if someone explains it to me in a different way and I still don’t get it – I’ll probably just smile and nod in comprehension. It will be nice to no longer have to do this and be able to talk my normal amount again (I’m sure everyone at home is just thrilled that I had all this talking energy built up).

3. Being able to eat only things I enjoy eating, the amount I want, and no gluten (who would have thought I’d ever say that last one): My Mama Tica LOVES serving me, which is so lovely. But I am excited to be able to choose what to eat and when I want it.

4. Being able to help: Its been so hard to lend a hand either because I don’t know what is going on or I can’t understand the direction. I can’t wait to be home and know how to help people.

5. My independence: Being able to drive, go places alone, understand how to get around, being able to ask questions for myself and accomplish simple tasks without needing to ask someone for a translation.

 

The Hardest Part Of Traveling No One Talks About

“All of these lows are erased by the complete highs you experience.”

While I don’t agree that we are running off when we’re traveling, I have felt the travel bug itching out of me the past few years. As I have told many people, this is the first trip I have left with a complete understanding that I need to spend more time at home with those I love and who will be apart of my life forever.

On a completely different note, this feeling that she describes about changing when no one else around you has, is exactly the feeling I got when I came home from college the first time and visited my high school. It was like I had all these thoughts to share and stories about my “new” life, but everything in my high school had stayed the same. Almost like time hadn’t passed.

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You see the world, try new things, meet new people, fall in love, visit amazing places, learn about other cultures – then it’s all over. People always talk about leaving, but what about coming home?

We talk about the hard parts while we’re away – finding jobs, making real friends, staying safe, learning social norms, misreading people you think you can trust – but these are all parts you get through. All of these lows are erased by the complete highs you experience. The goodbyes are difficult but you know they are coming, especially when you take the final step of purchasing your plane ticket home. All of these sad goodbyes are bolstered by the reunion with your family and friends you have pictured in your head since leaving in the first place.

Then you return home, have your reunions, spend your first two…

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7 Things, 7 days

Given we now have a week left in Costa Rica, Emmanuelle and I made a bucket list of things we still haven’t done. Most of them are small and relate to food, but hey we’ve been here for a while to give us a break. We’ve done a lot.

1. Watch a Sunrise. Yes, waking up really early to do so. 

2. Watch a Sunset in the city. 

3. Try the Rice n’ Smile at the mall (arroz con leche).

4. Go to the Reggae bar in Heredia. 

5. Have a final mojito at Hooligans (we haven’t been in over 6 weeks). 

6. Try the weird chocolate covered marshmallow candy. 

7. Go to skating on Ladies Night (its free!). How did we just find out about this??

+ I’ll be posting once we have accomplished these!

Have any suggestions of what we should do our last week? Comment here!

Irony

Irony: a situation that is strange or funny because things happen in a way that seems to be the opposite of what you expected

This has most likely been the weirdest trip of my time in CR, maybe besides my day trip to Cartago.

For our last weekend we went to Guanacaste with our Tica Mom, Aunt, and Cousins (Mario and girlfriend and Esteban) to celebrate Guanacaste Day (I had only met Mario before). I had expected huge celebrations like what we experienced from the World Cup, but It was an extremely different.

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Beach day – casually the only one in a bathing suit

Friday

We left Heredia at 5 am to catch a bus to San Jose and from San Jose to Guanacaste. We got in around 12 pm. Took a taxi a few streets down to wait outside of the courthouse for our Tica cousin to pick us up. Once we got to the house, we realized how tired we were from the early morning and long travel. We went on a walk to the center to see what celebrations were happening…it was mostly just vendors selling items and a lot of people walking around. So after looking at everything, we went back to nap for a bit. Once we woke up we chilled a little, then went out with our cousins to explore some more now that it was later in the afternoon adn there was a bit more going on. Although there were moments where  Emmanuelle and I were not really involved in the conversations with Mario and his girlfriend, it was nice to be out with them. Emmanuelle and our cousins got a really weird snack: mango Dinner was better and we were able to get to know everyone a little more. After dinner, the kids went to the concert in town. However, the first act was very slow music and was putting us to sleep so Emmanuelle and I went to grab ice cream. Not to mention we were surrounded by couples, which made Emmanuelle miss her bf and was a slap in the face for this single girl (joking…kind of 🙂 ). Once we were done the main act, Mal Pais (a well-known CR band), was on. It was fun to see, but since Emmanuelle and I didn’t know any of the songs we went back to the house and talked with Mama Tica and Aunt Ines. This was the first time we had seen our mom drink and she was so funny. Talking with them was the highlight of the day. It was nice to talk with them and be away from Heredia with our mom. She looked really happy being there with her sister.

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Saturday

We woke up early and made our way to the beach after breakfast. Our mama Tica and Aunt went on the bus because there wasn’t enough car space. The beachwas hot, but not extremely sunny (which was nice for fair-skinned people).

Best highlight from the beach: We went drove an hour to the beach to sit in the grass behind the sand, under the trees (with a lot of bugs)… So Emmanuelle and I went in the water and then laid out on the beach. A soccer game that I badly wanted to join kept coming very close to us, no matter how far away we sat. The soccer ball must have been a chick magnet. (get it?) Anyways, after lunch people seemed more up for going into the water – a little wave jumping and boogie boarding fun.

Once we came home from the beach (after stopping 2 times for ice cream – Emmanuelle and I only got it once) everyone was in the shared bedroom and showering and Emmanuelle and I in the kitchen.  Emmanuelle and I didn’t want to sit in the house so went to explore and ended up in a karaoke bar for a drink. While I can’t say that anyone was particularly good (or really pleasant to listen to) they had a lot of passion. So props to them.

That night, everyone was really tired and after our 9 pm dinner. Our Mama Tica slept in the living room, Emmanuelle and I in the kitchen, and everyone else in one bedroom. Since, as usual this weekend, everyone was in their respective quarters and Emmanuelle and I had some fun watching geckos outside of our windo- one didn’t have a tail. Ask me about this. But yes, the highlight of our evening was seeing a gecko without a tail. I know this trip sounds wildly entertaining. Don’t let my gentle sarcasm fool you, the trip was still lovely in a very non normal way.

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I’m not sure what look I was trying to go for

Sunday

We woke up early but still somehow missed our bus. Mama Tica thought that our bus left at 9:30 but our tickets actually said 9 am. However, with a lot of seat shifting (I sat in 3 seats before we made it home) we all settled on the bus and were ready to depart home. Arriving home around 2 pm, we were all very exhausted but weren’t able to sleep.  

Nevertheless, what really made this a memorable trip was all the weird food I was given:

Lunch  1: Served with fresa (a juice?) that was straight up vanilla ice cream with a milk consistency (I haven’t had real milk in 7 years).

Dinner 1: “Vaca”. Basically a pot luck dinner the resulted in getting dishes from several nearby shops. We had dark meat chicken, some other meat, rice, salad, chayote, and a Chinese noodle dish. Now this happens in the US too, but if I don’t put something on my plate (for instance the dark meat chicken) or ask for something it’s probably because I don’t want it and not because I don’t know if I can take it. However, saying no to food here doesn’t work. It’s might get really awkward when I have to eat things I don’t enjoy, but sometimes (very very rarely) I can get away with it. 

Breakfast 2: Frosted corn flakes (that said they contained gluten…with no ingredients that should include gluten…) and milk. Since I didn’t eat the meat fried in egg, I was offered a special side of simply tortilla and natilla (sour cream like taste with a mayo consistency) from a bag. 

Lunch 2: Bean “dip” from a bag mixed with salsa, chips (all corn chips that said  say they may “contained” gluten), tuna salad from a can mixed with cream cheese (?), and salad. Again only taking the things I wanted was not an option. Open up – the helicopter is coming through. 

Dinner  2: Since everyone else was eating pizza I was offered fries.

Solo papa fritas, I ask.

Umm, vegetables and salad?

Okay, thanks.

What I actually got – fries, salad, veggies from a can, and chips. Yumm.

Breakfast 3: Eggs.

Hold on though, Would you like vegetables from last night that have been sitting uncovered on the stove all night?

Since, no is usually not acceptable, I accepted rather than trying to fight it. Once they were heated up, I realized Mama Tica didn’t actually want any for herself….A great morning snack if I say so myself.

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all smiles and a black eye (?)

Did I have a good weekend? Yes. Am I happy I went? Yes. I think it was just incredibly chill and not a lot to do. Pero, esta bien. (as usual). 

Things to ask me about: 

1. Our younger cousin, Esteban 

2. More about the town where we stayed. 

Bungee Jumping

This is what happens when you don’t want to jump off the tallest bungee jump in Latin America…you forget to dive and jump feet first. Needless to say, it was a terrible experience. Nevertheless, the video is sure to bring some laughs to your day, especially my ending face.

Far Away

Friday night marked the last time that almost all of my friends would be in Costa Rica. It was a bittersweet goodbye for most of them: wanting to go home and see family/friends, but sad to leave life and family/friends here. Because most of us were exhausted and had long travels the following day, we decided to choose a low activity – going to a movie: Transformers 4. While I was a bit confused as to why we would pick something in which we couldn’t talk, it was still great to get a lot of people together for a last event.

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After having our last roommate ice cream run, being “forced” to eat an incredible amount of  popcorn, laughing obnoxiously at the corny lines in Transformers 4, it was time to say goodbye to people who had accepted me for all my weirdness. Who knows if we’ll ever meet again, but they will be in my heart forever.


 

Saturday morning, we (Emmanuelle, Morgan, Breenna and I) had a 4 o’clock wake up call so that we could make it to our 6 am bus in San Jose. Long story short, accommodating people who were rather stressed about making our bus on time (I promise it wasn’t me) we ended up getting to San Jose around 5 am. Thankfully, the city was pretty alive and we were able to safely wait for our bus. Around 6:30 am we were on our bus and finally ready to head out on our journey to Tortuguero. The ride there was broken  up into a portion before breakfast, a portion after breakfast, a boat ride, and another bus ride (through a the bumpiest and most pothole filled road I’d even been on). Thankfully, I was able to fill the time with many naps, except on the last driving portion.

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Yes there is a “train stop” for the banana train.

Once we got to Tortuguero, our Tour Guide, Victor, was waiting for us to direct us to our hotel.  After being led to our hotel, directly on the beach 🙂 and settling in we found out that since it was so rainy today we were only going to our turtle tour today and save both the canal and jungle tour for tomorrow. This turned into being a wonderful gift.

We had met two fellow Americans (Bethan and Paul), who were volunteering at an orphanage in Cartago, on our bus ride. When we arrived, we had awkwardly parted ways without getting information to contact each other. However, thankfully Tortuguero (like every other place we have been to) is a small enough town that on our way to lunch we ran into them. And once we made it to lunch, we ran into the other friends we made on the bus, two Chileans. It was a little difficult for the 8 of us to communicate altogether since not everyone spoke english or spanish, but we managed.

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After lunch, Emmanuelle, Morgan, Breenna, Bethan, Paul and I went to hangout on the hammocks at our hotel. They happened to have exactly 6. Bethan (from UK) and Paul were really fun to hang out with and it’s moments like these that make you really appreciate traveling and meeting all sorts of people just by being friendly and open…vulnerable. Our hotel sold beer for $2, so everyone was extremely happy chilling especially after waking up so early. However, since Emmanuelle and I don’t drink beer, we went on a walk to the store in order to find other drinks. Our map showed a corner store supposedly right down the “street” from us. Of course, that would be way to simple. So after getting a little lost in this small village, we took the time to enjoy our explorations and got to see why this place was so cool and extremely different from every other place we had traveled.

1. It was an island.

2. Much of the town’s buildings were on stilts and surrounded by water.

3. We were in the Caribbean.

4. There was a mix of people and cultures.

5. It was not filled with english  speakers.

After we returned from our mini adventure, we got to know Bethan and Paul a little more – such interesting people! And after adding them on facebook, we realized that Emmanuelle and Bethan had a mutual friend. Not just an acquaintance, but actually someone who they were both good friends with – Thomas. Thomas had lived in Texas for high school and went to the same International School as Emmanuelle. Since then, he has returned to the UK and attends the same school as Bethan. HOW SMALL OF A WORLD? Literally. It’s incredible.

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Around sunset, we went out to beach to see the view since the rain had stopped. We ended up  spending a bunch of time there, having a handstand photo shoot. Pictures to come that will be able to show how much fun this was. Nevertheless, we got soaked and covered in sand after the waves came crashing into us.

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I am alive and I am living. (Vivi = I lived)

Victor had recommended a nice place for dinner, but when we showed up we didn’t realize how nice it was going to be. In the middle of a “run down”  village, was a waterside, gorgeous restaurant. The chefs were so accommodating and lets you change items on your order (this is a first here!!). It was a delicious dinner and great company.

At 9:30 we met up with Victor to begin our turtle night tour. For those of you who are not aware, Tortuguero Beach is a known nesting ground for green sea turtles during June – August  (?). At night, turtle conservatory workers search the beach for turtles, take research measures, and alert tour groups (no more than 20 people at a time) to come and see the turtle. It was crazy that we were able to stand extremely close to the turtle without it leaving. The nesting process takes around 1 -2 hour. First the mom has to dig a hole, release the eggs, and then cover up the hole. By the time my group got there, we were able to see the turtle covering up the eggs and the first hole she tried to dig before realizing there  were too many roots in that spot (poor turtle – so much energy extended).

We knew it was time to leave once the mama turtle startling kicked sand at us. Afterwards, it was very funny, but we were all unaware this was going to happen. We left the spot, learned a lot more about the nesting process, and then were able to see the mom again. This time, I got blinded by the turtle after it kicked sand into my face – thanks. But thankfully, I was able to get almost all of it out without a problem.

Then we waited for around 30 minutes until the turtle was making its way back to the water. It was such an amazing thing to see and a realization of how big these turtles were. Unfortunately, we couldn’t take pictures, so I guess you’ll all have to go to Tortuguero to see for yourself 🙂


June 13: 

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We woke up early on Sunday morning, with the rest of the town, to go on a canal tour. It was so cool to be in a small canoe paddling around the national park waterways but also being able to go into super narrow passageways.  We were able to see monkeys, sloths, birds, iguanas, and caimans.

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can you see the baby caiman?

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In the afternoon we went on a Jungle hike. Thank goodness for Victor because there would have been no way we would have seen all the awesome animals hidden high up  in the tree. He also had incredible binoculars. Who knew binoculars could show you something that amazingly clear. We also saw our first two sloths in the wild! So exciting 🙂 On our way back, we walked along the beach and got to see where turtles had laid their eggs last night. 10532790_10152562692293630_4804264490632641274_n

Overall, it was an incredible week. Ask me for much more details on all of our tours!

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Sidebar: VICTOR WAS AMAZING!!! We got such a good deal (hotel, transportation, turtle night tour, canal tour, and jungle tour for $115) and it was totally worth the few extra dollars for ease of transportation and extra information. If you ever find yourself going to Tortuguero, ask me for his details!!