The weather around New Jersey has been unpleasant, and unbearable in the last week, and my bus stop this morning was 4 degrees with windchill! This weather has me wishing for the sunshine of summer to come back, which made me dig up some pictures and remember a phenomenal trip I took.
Over last summer from June 24th 2014 till July 3rd 2014, I was given the amazing opportunity to travel to Costa Rica with a soccer league by the name of First Shot Soccer. During the trip, we played a total of four games against various Costa Rican girl teams, and we had two practices under the supervision of a well known Costa Rican coach and recruiter. The soccer, obviously was phenomenal, the opposing teams were tough, strong, and had amazing skills. It was a fun bonding experience, and I became like sisters with the girls and brothers with the corresponding boys team. Our summertime is Costa Rica’s rainy season, but even with dodgy weather, we were able to have an amazing trip and get very tan. Although I traveled with the team, my mother, as well as a few other parents, traveled with us throughout the journey.
Besides the obvious fact that the soccer was amazing; the tourist aspects were even more interesting. We ate a primarily traditional Costa Rican diet, except in one hotel there was American styled food for breakfast and lunch. A traditional diet consists of a meat (usually chicken), rice, some sort of root like starch food similar to potatoes, and then plantations. Plantations are very widespread in Costa Rica and are basically either dried or cooked banana thats semi sweet. Eating a traditional Costa Rican diet, even with having an endless number of virgin Pina colada’s and strawberry smoothies from the poolside bar, I ended up losing weight by the time I got home.
During our stay, Costa Rica was doing very well in the world cup, therefore during one day the streets were flooded with avid soccer fans, screaming, cheering, and everyone hugging. Traffic was at a dead halt and my team left the bus to run up and down the streets draped in Costa Rican flags and cheering. The whole trip was eye opening and amazing full of beautiful sights, laughter, and adventure. It was a great way to start my summer. I hope you enjoy the pictures I took.