Today we woke up bright and early in order to travel to the San Antonio school so that we could complete a presentation and activity about environmental conservation in Costa Rica. Unfortunately, after an excellent breakfast cooked by Chef Diego, the school had to cancel our appointment. The group eventually voted to travel to the national archeological site Guayabo instead. Almost immediately upon arriving at the site, Memo spotted a three-toed sloth in a tree just outside the entrance, and we paused to observe this perfect example of Costa Rican wildlife. Inside the archeological site, we learned a little bit more about the different types of Costa Rican ants as well as the indigenous people that lived at the site.
We arrived back at our house at 12:30, just in time for another meal from Chef Diego. After lunch, we had a presentation from Karla, the same woman whose cheese farm we visited, and park ranger Diego. They taught us a little bit about why environmental conservation is so important to Costa Rica and what laws have been instituted to protect the environment. Something that especially impressed us was that Costa Rica was one of the only countries to actually reverse the effects of deforestation. This presentation helped us to better understand why conservation is so important and what we as individuals can do to preserve the environment. To emphasize that point Karla left us with an important story about a group of elementary schoolers in Sweden that were able to really help the rainforest just through their dedication and effort.
After this presentation, as I’m sure some loyal readers are already aware, we were given the opportunity to call home. Feeling buoyed by our brief glimpse of home a group of some glimpsers went to the market for some snacks. Unfortunately, the nightly meeting had to be moved to the morning, but we cannot wait to see the talents of the next leaders of the day.
P.S. Please don’t let Max try on my new shoes, or sleep in my bed.
P.P.S. I hope Eddie won his game