I gave my 9th grade English students an assignment last week to describe an event that didn’t turn out the way you thought it would. Little did I know I would have a prime example to share with them so soon.
One week ago today I had a meeting with the immigration office in Tela, and I found out I needed to leave the country within the week to renew my visa. The only rules – I must travel by airplane, I must be out of the country for at least three days, and I can’t go to any of the surrounding countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua). After a few hasty phone calls and emails, the amazing Young Adult Service Corps staff booked me on a flight to Costa Rica to leave that Friday. Lucky for me, fellow Honduras YASCer Claire also needed to leave the country by the end of the month. So within a few short days, we found ourselves on a flight to San Jose.
|Getting on the plane|
|What I'm pretty sure is Lago de Nicaragua taken from the plane.|
After the craziness of the week leading up to that day I was so happy to be in an amazingly comfortable hotel with a hot shower. To top it off, the hotel had natural hot spring pools. Claire and I had an amazing time lounging in the hot water discussing all sorts of things from what we miss the most from home to what have we learned about ourselves and God during our time abroad. We also enjoyed a wonderful hike through the rainforest. The funniest thing about our trip? We never even saw the volcano. It was raining so much the clouds were covering it the whole weekend.
|Believe it or not this is a ficus growing around another tree and slowly suffocating it. Crazy!|
|Claire and me in the rain forest|
|View of Arenal Lake, the largest man-made lake in Central America.|
|La cascada escondida - the hidden waterfall (and that's me!)|
|We also got to milk a cow, I guess I can check that off my bucket list :)|
|Apparently this is what we would have seen if it wasn't raining (I found this poster in the airport).|