A Costa Rican Homestay

Over the past week I have discovered that a homestay is probably the richest and rawest experience you can have within a country in terms of delving deep into the true culture of the local people. Our group spent 5 days split into our host families, with most of the mornings for a volunteer project at a children's home, the afternoons for schoolwork, nights were spent with our host families and fun activities all over, including a coffee plantation tour, hot springs, visiting 3000yr old Cabécar ruins, making necklaces and, remaining true to Costa Rican culture, an epic futból match.

 Guayabo National Monument

Guayabo National Monument

Even in a small town like Orosi, you are bound to find at least one (probably more), indoor futból pitch. These AstroTurf pitches are a lot smaller than typical grass fields meaning more and quicker passes rather than dribbling and overall a more interesting game to watch and play. There were some insane skills on the pitch from both us and the locals. 

The food we have been lovingly served during our time here has been absolutely amazing and I have grown to love. The ubiquitous staple of Gallo Pinto, a rice and bean mixture found with almost every dish I have had in Costa Rica.  

Our last day in Orosi started 40km away with a tour of the Irazú Volcano, the tallest and largest volcano in Costa Rica. Massive craters, cool crisp air, the clouds below us and the breathtaking view made for an amazing place.

 Irazú  

Irazú  

 The beach 3432m above sea level  

The beach 3432m above sea level  

We then visited a market in Cartago and the famous Basilica of Cartago. Back in Orosi later on we learnt how to make empanadas, which are like a fried calzone-burrito crossover thing.  As day turned to night it was time for our goodbyes and thank yous to our  host families and the salsa dancing that followed was a great end to a great day. 

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