TOWSON, Md. - The University of Scranton volleyball team is spending the week in Costa Rica, and sophomore Kindler Norma is taking us along on the Royals journey.
The highlight of today was seeing the Irazu volcanic crater. We started our day off eating gallo pinto (a Costa Rican rice and bean dish) and a delicious passion fruit drink. We then loaded up in the van and drove for two hours to our destination. Our tour guide talked about the annual pilgrimage to Cartago, the important role agriculture plays in the economy (especially coffee), and the Costa Rican school system. We traveled through the city of San Jose which was full of vibrantly colored houses and local shops. After the city, we drove through the Costa Rican countryside. It was absolutely beautiful. You could see the rows of freshly plowed ground and small green sprouts. The mountains in the distance were covered with trees that were sometimes hidden by the dense fog. Finally, we reached the volcano. We walked about 200 meters until we reached the crater. You could see the different layers of rocks that have formed over the years. At the bottom of the crater was the brightest colored water I have ever seen. It was bright turquoise. In a way, the water was tantalizing because it was so beautiful, all you wanted to do was run down the hill to swim in it, but we couldn’t! It was easily one the most breathtaking sights I have ever seen.
We then traveled another couple hours to the gym to play our match. Fortunately for us (no sarcasm whatsoever!!), the time for our game was messed up, so we got to watch a Danish dance group perform for an hour. It was the most entertaining hour of my life. The boys did backflips, and dressed up in costume one the best yet weirdest performance I have ever seen. Never in a million years would I have thought I would see a Danish dance group perform in Costa Rica. Moral of the story: never say never.
We ended our day playing a team called Belen. We won in three sets, but it wasn’t easy! The girls on the other team did an amazing job. Our first win out of the country!