‘Sweaty Chicken’ – It’s What’s for Dinner:

Travel Journal Term 4 2016-17

Hello from Coco! 

We are here in our beautiful villas enjoying the sun, the heat, and poolside classes.  Playas del Coco is a friendly place.  The calmness of the town is a nice way to unwind and take in the Costa Rican ‘pura vida’ lifestyle. 

We’ve had some great adventures here in Coco.  Just a few days ago we were soaring over treetops whilst attached to a zip line!  For two hours we swung from platform to platform (hanging upside down at times), and ended our afternoon by feeding bananas to some cute little monkeys. It was a nice break from our academics. 

We also had an authentic Costa Rican cooking class led by our very own local guide and long-time friend, Mario.  We learned how to make Pico de Gallo (salsa), Tostones (fried and smashed plantains), Rice and Veggies, and fresh Guacamole.  It was DELICIOUS!  We are very fortunate to have Mario guiding us here in Costa Rica.  Aside from caring for us, transporting us from A to B, and teaching us about his culture, he also makes breakfast for us each morning and dinner for us each night.  Everything is homemade, fresh, and very tasty.  Thanks Mario!   

Tonight we have another cooking class lined up with Mario (yay!).  On the menu: ‘Sweaty Chicken’, Platanos Maduros (fried sweet plantains) and Frijoles (black beans). Later on this week we will take the students to a few different beaches and also have an evening bonfire. 

Classes are going extremely well as the students and teachers work hard during the final countdown.  Here is a little excerpt from Mr. C’s recent update:

“Students were given their final projects for photography which will require them to capture a photo essay on a significant theme or topic (depending on the grade level). Students will be analyzing everything from body image, gender and emotion to power and capitalism in Central and South America. Wild, it’s all just so wild in the best way possible!”

Beyond the zip lining and the cooking and the academics, the realization has set in that we have one month left! Where does the time go?! On May 17th we head to Peru for a few weeks and before you know it we’ll be running into our parents’ arms at the airport!

As always, I hope all is well back home.

Sincerely,

Alexandra,

Program Manager