Letters from Kiana: Chapter 4-#KianasONeillAdventure

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Wake up call at 5:50 am. Another adventure in Costa Rica! Time to wake up for repelling and canyoneering! Waterfall jumping? Yes, please!

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We arrived to our destination and met our funny and quite animated tour guides. You can tell they loved their job. They were full of surprises. The first waterfall came and the guide asked me how I was doing. I quickly responded, “Bien y tu?!” To my surprise he replied, “Nervous! Oh so nervous! Today is my first day. I’m so scared. Can you help me?!” Good joke mi amigo!

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So down the first one I went and….   FUN! Felt like Jane from Tarzan!

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We swung down waterfalls and hiked through streams and water ways. It was radical! Epic! Fantastic! Totally wicked!

We finally arrive at the last waterfall. The big one! (220feet). The free fall… uno, dos, tres! I leaped off and zoomed down.

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F A B U L O U S. What a blast! Off to our next adventure!

Next, we visited a local school to experience some Costa Rican culture! The school children were to perform some traditional dances. So exciting! When we arrived, there were about 12 children between the ages of 5-16 who warmly greeted and guided us into their “escuela” (school).  A little boy named Michael, I think he was about 7, grabbed my hand, introduced himself and led me to my seat.  It was so sweet!

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 They performed about four dances  and even had us join in on the last one. It was fun!

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It was an extra treat for us since this day was Costa Rican Mother’s Day (Dias Las Madres)!

After their performance, each child introduced themselves with their name and age. We then had an opportunity to ask them questions to learn about them and their culture. We asked about school and future goals, like  their favorite subject and what they wanted to be when they grew up. There were future school teachers, policemen, FBI agents and even a vet!

They too were eager to ask us questions! They asked where we were from, our names, and our favorite fruit. They were so happy learning about us and even hearing all of our different accents! It was so cute. For most of them, we were the only contact with a world other than Costa Rica. I felt very honored to be there with them.

After the Q & A, they led us to tables filled with handmade bracelets, necklaces, and bags they were selling to help support their school. I donated some money and bought some toucan crafts! So cool. I even got to give one of the girls my Rope the Moon bracelet Hope she remembers me.

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Next, we went farming! We headed to a local farm filled with fruits, spices and botanical plants. We smelt cinnamon, spearmint, I licked a pepper and my mouth was instantly on fire. No bueno. I think my taste buds were crying. The local farmer showed us around and taught us about each plant or fruit.

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 One of the cooler plants he showed us was one that was used as war paint back in the tribe days and even as natural lipstick! Inside were these red little balls and you rubbed your finger on them and you got some red lips or war paint. Pretty awesome.

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Next stop.. moonshine and sugar canes! We arrived to a traditional Costa Rican Restaurant where we were able to make our own tortillas, see how they made Costa Rican moonshine and ate a delicious authentic dinner! Y U M!

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Great day and night! Till tomorrow Costa Rica!

xoxo..

Kiana

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