I was in EL CORTEZO this week for cultural week. It was in the Azuero region, where i will be for the next two years! I stayed with the cutest older couple Frai and Melida. I had my own room! So many things happend that I don`t know where to begin.
The whole week i got to horse back ride! There were horses roaming around loose just eating grass. I made Cutaras...sandals, I made a slingshot...biombo, played with iguanas, and I lasso-ed in a calf roping competition with the men from the community. I got to eat really yummy arepas, which they call tortillas here. I was incommunicated from the world for a whole week without cellphone service but we made it work! luckily I was able to talk to Peter and my parents the whole week!!! Thanks to COLLECT =)!!!
To top the week off, a group of us met up and went to SANTA CLARA BEACH! It was beautiful!!!! Yesterday we got in around 3 in the afternoon and went straight to the beach after putting all our bags in little cabanas that overlooked the water. For dinner I had CORVINA ENTERA FRITA with patacones. For the rest of the evening and night we hung out on the beach.
This morning i got up right at sunrise (5:45am) and walked (hobbled) over to the beach. I saw the sun come up and then at around 8:45 i had an incredible scrumptious breakfast...steak, eggs, and papitas fritas! with a huge glass of freshly squeezed orange juice.
The morning kepted getting better and better...as i was paying for breakfast I saw a young man go by on a horse. Of course my heart jumped for joy....so i waved him down and he came over. I asked him if i could ride his horse and he said...yea...$3. Before he was done telling me how much i was on the horse!! I rode for about 1 hour up and down the beach. I was so happy. I couldn´t belive how beautiful and desolate the beach was, the smell of the horse, the sound of the waves, the fact that i was on the pacific coast in my home for the next 2 years! This morning I fell in love the ocean all over again.
After riding around, I swam in the ocean with gretchen, natalie, audrey, and damian for a while and then we all went to get ready for our teck back to Santa Clara of ARRAIJAN =(. We had an incredible lunch...super american of all of us to order hamburguesas and papas fritas, but it was delicious!
Now Im in the city...a little burnt and a little worn out but very happy!
There were some special days this week....