It's day five of our trip, and to say the least, it has been nothing short of amazing! The culture and people we have met have been so warm and welcoming and that has made our experience magical! On the second day of our trip we got the chance to play the u17 national team. This team's chemistry was unbelievable and they had so much talent and skill. Everything flowed together and they knew exactly how to find each other on the field. The first half of our game was a huge adjustment for us seeing has how we were not use to the heat and the field. But as always, it only takes a short amount of time to figure out how to adapt to the conditions we play in. It was fun playing this team because we had great opportunities and we showed the Costa Rica team what Beaver soccer is all about. Their goalie was outstanding and was able to keep the goals to zero against us but we have her a run for her money. After the game it was awesome to talk with the girls and each team was so grateful for the opportunity to get better as a team.
Following the game, we had the chance to go to The Center where children who are not safe go when their parents are at work. This, for me, was the highlight of the day. I met two girls who were smiley from the time I met them. These children were just so excited that we were there to give them love and the chance to play games. I connected with two girls at The Center and even though we could not communicate because of the different languages, we were able to connect just through our smiles (corny I know, but it's the truth). These girls found happiness by just throwing a safely pin through my arms. It was something so simple but it was blast! I was able to teach them girly hand games and they did the same as well. This experience made me see that we are more blessed than we will ever know. I am so glad I get the chance to see them one more time before we leave.
As for the last couple of days it has been nothing but relaxing! We have been taking pool time, sun time, beach time, volleyball time and any other relaxing thing one can imagine. The new resort we are at, Punta Leona, has gave us the opportunity to see monkeys, lizards, geckos, iguanas, ant eaters and even a snake. We have just been hanging out at the beach and catching and riding the waves. Our whole team has been together and we are having a blast. Leaving this place will be bitter sweet and this trip has made us bond in numerous ways. I apologize if this blog has bad grammar or doesn't make any sense, the Wi-Fi isn't the greatest and typing from a phone isn't my strong suit but to sum it up Costa Rica is one heck of an opportunity!