Tuesday morning we woke up early to head to a town in the mountains called La Fortuna. We stayed in a hostel frequented by backpackers visiting the famous Arenal Volcano. In our room we had us 6 girls along with 2 random twin girls visiting. They were from the US, but decided they were not going to talk to us and rather just spoke German with each other. It was a little awkward… but an experience nonetheless! That night we walked around the town visiting all the gift shops and spent most of the afternoon in the pool. Then we went to the Baldi Hot Springs resort for an amazing buffet dinner and a night in the springs. This was so fun! It was basically a water park (slides and all) with water naturally heated by the Arenal Volcano. We rode on the slides and hung out with the guys all night! My favorite had to be the biggest waterslide, where we got up to speeds of 45 km/h. Inside the slide was pitch black, which was super scary the first go. And then towards the end there was a very steep dropoff, where my light weight status allowed me to become completely airborne floating in the tube. It was such a rush! A fun night for sure!
First thing in the morning was zip lining through the rainforest by the Arenal volcano!! I was sooo nervous and scared at first. The little tour was 11 zip lines long. They increased in height and length as we moved along. The farthest we went was just over a kilometer over the most beautiful waterfall! All in all, zip lining through the rainforest was unbelievable!
After zip lining, we ran back to shower and jumped on the bus to head to San Ramon for a game that evening. In the middle of nowhere our bus got a flat tire! Every car that drove buy I swear was laughing, probably thinking “look at the Americans.” At least that’s what it felt like. Anyways, at this point all the guys were ready to show their usefulness (a little bit too much testosterone in one place) so 12 of the 13 were huddled around the tire trying to change it. Us girls laid out a tarp on the side of the road and chilled. However, we didn’t have the right wrench to remove the lugnuts, so we ended up stopping every car to ask. Eventually another tour bus stopped and let us borrow theirs. Meanwhile, a young man had been walking up and down the street trying to sell fresh fruit to the cars passing by. He sold Mamanos, a local fruit that’s red with little spikes and about the size of a golf ball. You split it open and there is a white grape looking thing with pit in the center. You kind of have to suck on the fruit like a sucker until it’s gone. They are soo good! I wish I could bring some home for everyone, but I wouldn’t make it through customs. We also bought fresh coconuts from him that we chopped open for us so we could drink the water. I love coconut water at home from a can, but the fresh stuff was just amazing! I think we made his day because between our whole group we bought him out of fruit. Finally we (and when i say we I mean the guys) got the tire fixed and were on our way. We ended up being an hour late to our game, so we only played 3 quarters of 8 minutes each with a running clock since a soccer team had the gym reserved after us. We won again! The girls were pretty young and inexperienced. After the game we sat down with them and had translator help us communicate. They had questions about how we got so good and asked for advice. It was a cool experience to be able to share with them! After the game, we jumped in the bus again to drive 4 hours to the beach, and arrived there at 2am Thursday morning.