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.
Today was one for the books.
We had the amazing opportunity to go zip lining in Hacienda Barú. We were guided by the excellent guide name Rigo. We were able to see two different types of sloths—the two toed and the three toed. The two toed is known for its blonde hue, while the three toes is know for its grayish hue and smiling face. We were also able to see several monkeys...even a baby one! Rigo told us that if we smiled, the monkeys would think that we were showing how strong we are. Apparently, showing your teeth shows indicates the amount of power you have. They hung by their tails by the branches and we’re almost too cute too handle. If it was possible, I would pack one of those monkeys in my carry on (even though the sloth would probably more my tempo).
After zip lining, we went to the beach. The view was absolutely breathtaking. The waves were huge! The beach itself was very different than I was used to— instead of sand, it was rocks! They kind of hurt my feet, but it was entirely worth it considering we are in Costa Rica.
Yesterday, we just traveled to our new hotel. We had the most delicious lunch ever. Ever had a fried plantain? Try one. They are delicious!! They look like a banana but are more similar to a potato in taste and texture.
Costa Rica just keeps getting better and better...
Today we went whitewater rafting on the Savagre river. If you are scared of whitewater rafting like I was, I would advise you to conquer your fear. It was so much fun! The leader of my group, Jesus, guided us through the rapids. He would tell us when to row and when to “get down” if we hit a particularly rough part of water. After we escaped a rapid, he would say “high five”, and we would all stick our paddles in the air and scream “PURA VIDA!” My raft mastered the Costa Rican art of slapping a paddle against the water. We stopped during the middle of the trip at a waterfall. The waterfall was stunning. While we were in the raft, we were able to see little ones beside us, but this one was much larger. While we were on this break, the tour guides served us pineapple and melon. Once we were all fueled up, we headed back out to complete our journey. Everyone made it back safely—Pura vida!!
Tomorrow we play our second match, so tune in to see how we do!