On May 19th, 2017 the intrepid students from Missouri State University landed in San Jose. As they began to disembark upon the Costa Rican soil, their hearts beating at a brisk pace. Although not ticas quite yet, they were well on their way. Inundated with excitement, anxiety, and a full heart they heard their first words of Spanish. After a short drive to Hotel Auténtico they relinquished the pressures of culture shock and succumbed to their heavy eye lids. The following day would be a day full of adventure, mystery, and new experiences.
Upon waking themselves, their taste buds too would soon be just as active. They tasted their first Costa Rican meal. A buffet provided by the hotel which offered a litany of various Costa Rican fruits among which included, watermelon, papaya, and pineapple. They would have their first opportunity to indulge in Costa Rican huevos and of-course Gallo Pinto. After sufficiently indulging and rehydrating with water and natural juices they embarked on their first adventure into the Costa Rican wilderness; La Paz Waterfall Gardens.