Yesterday was our last day in paradise. We were able to enjoy one last incredible breakfast at the hostel before heading to the airport. We spent only 13 short hours traveling from San Ramon, Costa Rica to Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was a long day but we made it home safely! I was fortunate enough to have MLK day off, so I spent the day unpacking and doing all my stinky laundry!

I want to say thank you to Ann for being our fearless leader on this trip! You were able to help each of us learning something new and over come many different hurdles that were unanticipated! The trip would not have been the same without you, this will be a trip we will all never forget thanks to you!! Con mucho gusto Ann!

WELCOME HOME world travelers!!!! It sounds like you learned a lot, had a number of really meaningful experiences with one another, and had a fantastic time.

Thank you for sharing your day to day adventures and reflections while you were in CR!! I can't wait to hear more about your experiences there.

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Bring it on!!
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Photos to go with LIZ SKWERES post
Farmers Market
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1/14/17
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Today a few of us started our day with the usual walk around San Ramón. Today was not as strenuous as other days. We had breakfast when we returned and went to the museum after breakfast where we learned about the history of San Ramón. One interesting thing that people might not know is that Costa Rica has no Army. There was also a giant sloth that in real life was five meters tall. After lunch, some of us went to the farmer's market. We learned some interesting things there as well. For example, if you have a store you cannot have a space at the farmer's market. We also got ice cream. The rest of the afternoon was spent working on our papers and doing cultural immersion. We went for a second trip to the farmer's market after dinner. It has been such an amazing experience the last two weeks in Costa Rica. We have been able to do so many things, and meet so many amazing people. It is going to be hard to say goodbye to Costa Rica.

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Making a Difference

Take a spin through my semi-final post for this trip to San Ramon - my blog linked below.

Go Gophers!!! Back to work Tuesday

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And this, my final post for the 2017 PuraVida tour - the final "Superman" zipline video from the rainforest canopy, over the river gorge. See link.

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As most of you know we share this experience with the CCE Construction Management program, led by Senior Hilger.

This week everyone has been hard at work -- proposals for Construction Management and IBH on sites volunteering and formulating a synthesis paper of their experience here. The garage/dinning room of the Hostel comes a live as a work space too...

As you can see-- some creative genius also happens when "hammocking".
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Touring the History Museum of San Ramon
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1/13/17
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Today started with another morning hike, this time up into the mountains a bit farther away from the hostel but with the same amazing view! We had the morning to work on our papers and then after lunch headed to Palmares for the annual horse festival as a big group. Usually there are hundreds, if not more, of horses that are dressed up and danced through the streets. Due to a road closure, this year the number of horses was a lot less but it was still a cool experience. It was kind of like the Minnesota state fair complete with tons of food, drinks, and music. Overall it was a very fun experience!
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