What is the first day of a Bold Earth trip like?
We know that choosing to come on an adventure trip can be a tough decision! EVERYONE will be nervous for the first 15 minutes of your trip. Our goal is to have you singing and dancing right away! A summer with Bold Earth is a tremendous opportunity for adventure, fun, growth, leadership, and… culture! Check out this DAY 1 blog from Costa Rica Spanish.
Blogger of the Day: Jared
Our day started bright and early as we picked up our last camper, Cameron, from the airport at 5 AM! The sunrise was gorgeous and we knew it was going to be a perfect day. Luckily the leaders picked him up for us and we got to sleep in a little later.
After a typical Costa Rican breakfast of scrambled eggs, gallo pinto, and cafe, (“pinto “) we discussed the PUA (Participation Unity Agreement) and got to know each others names. Erick (local Costa Rican guide) taught us a game to help us learn each others names and animal words in Spanish. We packed up and left the hotel at 830.
Erick took us to a local market, and we got to try all sorts of new fruits! Some of them were sour as you can see in the pictures. Everyone is the market was really excited to speak Spanish with us.
Jared (me) was chosen as the leader/blogger of the day, and was initiated with a traditional hat and scarf that tico farmers wear. Michaela got to try on the outfit of the typical Linda Tica (Beautiful Costa Rican Woman). Erick and a local vendor had a friendly banter about who is the best Costa Rican soccer team, and ended up deciding you can’t argue politics, religion, or soccer in Costa Rica.
We were all giggles by the time we got back to the van and headed to lunch! We had the most delicious of delicious fresh fruit drinks made of naranaja, piña, y papaya.
An hour later, we finally arrived! CPI Costa Rica opened her shining gates and we were in heaven. Unlimited coffee, a game room, beautiful gardens, and the nicest staff of people we had ever met! We took a Spanish placement test (which everyone did FANTASTIC on) and then played some cool games of ninja in the beautiful lawn. Jess and Charlotte took a fun and quick detour to la dentista, and everyone else started Spanish classes! Ryan, Cameron, and Raquel scored exceptionally well and are in the highest level Spanish classes!
After class, we got a briefing on homestays, cultural differences, and were encouraged to speak as much Spanish as possible with our families! Finally, our Mama Ticas and Papa Ticos arrived and we got to go home with the families! Everyone is now comfortably settled in with their families, practicing their Spanish and getting ready for la cena (dinner) and bed.
Starting tomorrow, you will hear first- hand accounts of the homestays and events and activities as we turn the blogging responsibilities on over to the students. Jared will write his blog in Spanish and English tonight and you all will get to read it tomorrow!
All is well in Costa Rica and you’ll be hearing from us again soon!
Jess, Erick, Michaela, Nate, Ryan, Ari, Chidi, Henry, Raquel, Alyssa, Sophie, Miranda, Charlotte, Cameron, and Jared!
Want more Costa Rica Spanish? Check it out on the Bold Earth website: Costa Rica Spanish 14