By Erynne Treptow
I would like to describe day five in Costa Rica with three words: hunters and gatherers. Today started off like the rest, Costa Rican breakfast with rice and beans. Afterwards I was able to lead the second go around of the ab workout. I don’t know why everyone is excited to join in in this exhilarating ab circuit, but those who are involved are exciting.
Today we also got a break from the mountainous trek we have usually been taking. Surprisingly there were no complaints about taking the bus! Our first destination was Finca Estudiva San Juan, an educational organic farm. We were able to see more of Costa Rica’s farm products. I don’t know the exact names but I can tell you what I call them: red die fruit, musty underarm fruit, cacao not to be mistaken with caca, many herbs and flowers, yuca, banana plants, and sugar cane.
We also milked a cow, tried some edible plants, sugar can juice, pure sugar cane, and candy that tasted like molasses. Our gathering skills came in as we pulled the yucca (cassava) for our lunch, which we helped prepare!
Up next was a tilapia farm. To our surprise, we were able to relax our sore bodies in the pool and fish in the tilapia pools. The real excitement came when the fish slapping began. We had to rangel up the fish we would have for our AMAZING dinner! Several student got in the pond and netted the fish, while getting belly and face slapped. This was truly my favorite day and at 7:30 I’m already ready for bed!