I’m gona start off by saying sorry, I’ve been putting off writing down the days for too long, so I thought this morning I would type them all up!:)
Day 14- so we had gotten a text the other day from the ATV company saying that they wanted us to come in, so that they could do a break check and make sure everything is working properly every 2 weeks or so… This meant driving the absolutely terrible road to Guiones, so Chloe and I decided to make a day of it! We had been into Guiones twice before, once to pick up the quad and the second time while out in service, and had seen all the adorable boutiques and wanted to come back! So today we walked and shopped around while they ATV was being worked on. Guiones is definitely more developed and touristy than Samara is… And I kinda like it… A lot! It’s kinda similar to Kona in certain aspects! Another thing that was awesome about today, was the fact that we are lunch at a bagel shop!!!! Back home, I eat bagels all the time! They are probably in my top ten list of favorite foods, however finding bagels down here is impossible… Or at least we thought! I was so happy to eat the amazing bagel sandwich I ordered! After lunch and a little bit more of shopping, we picked up the quad, and made our way back on the horrible road to our condo, got ready, and went to meeting!!!:)
Day 15- We went done to Guiones again today for service. I got to work with Lura and the 3 or the 5 Mendez’s for the morning, and Shandi and Laura in the afternoon! The road down to Guiones seems to get worse and worse every time we go down there! That evening we went over to Matt and Jens and played games with another family visiting from Canada that were staying in this complex as well!:)
Day 16- Was a really great day! We started it off by sleeping in, and then getting up and heading to a restaurant on the beach and relaxing on the lifeguard stand turned table for a few hours! After we finished up at Gusto’s we headed to the beach for a congregation, sunset beach bonfire down at Barrigona! Mike and Lura were so kind and wanted to provide dinner for us, so they cooked it up on the fire, and we are under the beautiful stars! We ended the evening by swimming in the pool with everyone who is living and or staying in the complex here (which is like half the congregation, hahaha jk)…. And Laura who ended up staying the night:)
Day 17- We went out in service this morning, down in Guiones. I don’t know for sure, but it seems like the congregation is completing our territories fairly fast! It’s really nice to see!! After we ended service, we stopped for lunch at this amazing Mexican restaurant called El Chivo, and made our way back to the complex! After taking a dip in the pool, we headed over to the Luellen’s for a hard cider 101 class, legit Tokoyo style ramen, and Temors staring Kevin Bacon evening!
Day 18- We woke up, and went on a hike with Laura to the top of a ridge overlooking Buena Vista. It was quite the hike… Straight up a steep hill, with loose gravel, grabbing on to trees and vines to make our way up, but when we got to the top the view was incredible! We took a dip in the water, and went home to get ready for the Zone visit that the congregation was tying into that evening!:) On our way home, our quad started acting up, and kept dying on us… Come to find out, we think someone or something in our gas tank, causing the main fuel line to be clogged! However we were able to find that it worked on reserve so we made it to the zone visit ok! The zone visit was so encouraging and informative, that it was a privilege for Chloe and I to be there for it! We then went out with a few couples and families from the hall for food and drinks after, which was also really fun!:)
Day 19- We woke up excited, because we had a scheduled zip lining tour! It was awesome! But definitely “Costa Rican” and kinda sketchy… But that just added to the fun! You weren’t sure if you were going to fall through the 15 wooden boards that made up the landing and launching platform! After we finished with the zip lining tour, we them had to drive all the way down to Guiones, to exchange out our quad, and we now have a quad that’s running well!!:)
Day 20- Tuesday, was another service day! We ended up working with Brother Henderson, the COBE of the hall, in downtown Samara for the tract campaign! It was fun and interesting to learn about Costa Rica, and to talk to him about his favorite activity… Surfing! It was such a hot day out, that we decided to go down to Buena Vista beach, with Laura, Owen, and a sister visiting from Washington named Clarissa. Since the quad was the only form of transportation for all of us, we decided to park at Laura’s and walk down, being that it wasn’t to far! After having fun, playing in the shore break,we made the walk back home… Only to get back to Laura’s place and realize I left the keys at the beach, and the sun was setting… Luckily Melissa came to the rescue and drive me down to the beach, were the keys still happened to be in the spot I left them!!!
Day 21- Was a lazy morning for us, since we had to wait around for Francesca to come by and clean. After she left, we got ready and headed into town to grab some groceries! When we came back, Kyla came over and watched Tangled so that Melissa could get a break to write her talk!:) I ended up subbing in for Melissa householder last night, which was awesome, and slightly nerve racking! But it’s definitely not something I’ll forget about our trip to Costa Rica!