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Bethel University – From San Jose to El Sur De Turrubares

March 22, 2012

As we were getting ready to land at our destination, I was like a kid at a Christmas looking out the window grinning ear to ear. I never really knew how to picture Costa Rica but I could have NEVER imagined the hills, mountains and volcanoes or the greenness of everything. The green looked as you would imagine the lush fields of Ireland looking. It was absolutely breathtaking.

We arrived at San Jose airport at 6:03 a.m. The airport was so small compared to Nashville’s BNA and Denver International. It had shops and a restaurant as well as a little coffee shop but it was nothing compared to the “mall” inside Denver’s airport. Once we got our luggage and went through customs we headed out front to meet our guide, Federico. We all introduced ourselves and talked amongst each other as we waited for our bus to arrive. As we waited a van full of nuns pulled up and exited the van and stood at the window looking in. I never figured out what they were looking at or who they were waiting on but the possibilities running through my mind were endless. It was a very spiritual experience for me as I have never seen a nun in real life except maybe on Halloween.  When our bus finally arrived Fed and the driver threw all of our bags in the back through a window.

So now we board the bus and head out on our journey. It was a bumpy ride to say the least. Everything in the city was brown and dusty which I could not believe from the breathtaking view I had from above.  It didn’t take us long to get out of the city. We stopped at a farmer’s market right on the side of the road. The first thing I got was a coconut. The man chipped a hole in the top and gave me a straw. The milk of the coconut was so cold and refreshing. It was so much better than anything we get around here. A man offered me this “thing” called a granadilla that looked almost like an orange but when you peeled it open it was like a sac full of slimy seeds. I ate it and it was so delicious and sweet and very crunchy. It was quite possibly one of my favorite things I had while in Costa Rica.

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