Posted by Amanda
Today was our last SAS trip and trip and bus leadership. We both were going to a zip line place. It turned out that Noah's bus went to a different place than mine did. It is sort of the field office's last chance to break us up.
Zip-lining was great. Costa Rica is famous for this. I liked it much better than skydiving. Once you get over your fear on the first few lines, you still have other lines to have fun. Apparently I'm good at zip-lining, whatever that means. Noah said that after zip-lining he felt like it was a good analogy of what this trip has been like. We've zip-lined through port to port which has been exciting, tiring, and sweaty.
I got back before Noah did so I went out to lunch with Carrie and Jenne who were on my bus. We left a note for Noah who managed to find us pretty easily. We enjoyed some great chicken and rice (or it may have been rice and chicken--both were on the menu with different prices listed).
We walked around the beach front area on what is sort of like a boardwalk checking out the kiosks. It is always the same sorts of stuff at these places all over the world--shell necklaces, thread friendship bracelets, and sunglasses. We did some grocery shopping and found guarana soda--our favorite from Brazil. We wrote a few postcards on the beach, which was still super dirty and gross but filled with locals. We even saw a dead fish on the beach.
On-ship time was an hour earlier than previous ports to anticipate students coming back very intoxicated or with missing passports. Everyone made it back on time and in one piece. There was one missing passport, but Costa Rica and Miami (our next port) agreed to let him come onboard and back to the States. Many were drunk, but no one needed to stay at a Costa Rican hospital.
I really liked Costa Rica partly because it was so easy. Apparently on the east coast 60% of people speak English as their first language. Every place we went to took American dollars and gave change in dollars too. I'd love to come back and explore more of this great country and its nicer beaches.