We are nearing our first month in Costa Rica. In these past few weeks so much has happened, and it’s hard to wrap my mind around it sometimes. We hiked through Poas Volcano National Park and administered surveys to guests for our economics course. At the end of the day when the clouds cleared up, we were rewarded with a breath taking sight of the turquoise crater.

A couple of days later, we celebrated Costa Rica’s Independence Day. The entire group went into downtown Atenas for the official Independence Day parade. The parade had a lot of school groups representing the most recent World Cup. They were waving other countries’ flags, and wearing the jerseys of the teams in the quarter finals (which included Costa Rica!).

One of the most memorable events in these past couple of weeks has been our trip to Monteverde. Despite being drenched from head to toe from the rain, the forest was unbelievable. Every single tree was completely covered in epiphytes, and we watched the clouds roll over the mountains. What completed the trip was seeing our first sloth on the way home. The sloth was hanging on a power line that extended over a giant cliff. Everyone in the bus was either laughing in amazement, or expressing their concern for this sloth hanging on for dear life over this cliff!

(Photo Credit: Quinn Bergeon)

All and all, it has been an amazing couple of weeks. It’s hard to believe we only have a couple more months left here.