Saturday, April 23, 2016

Final Day!

We departed the beautiful city of Manuel Antonio to head back to our starting point of San Jose. However,  given the hot and humid tropical climate, we had some excitement before we left, including a giant crab in the bathroom,  a very large iguana running under one of our porches, smaller lizards on the walls and ceilings, and being serenaded each morning by the howling monkeys in the trees outside our rooms.  On the way back, we stopped in Sarchí to visit a local artisan who is a master painter. He taught us the origin and significance of oxcarts and the beautiful designs painted on the wagons and wheels. We then were able to paint our own model wheel to take home with us. Emily and Tina each won a prize for best artwork. We also were able to see the world's largest oxcart in the center of town, also painted by our instructor.

As we continued our journey, we stopped at a local hand crafts area, which had beautiful products made by area artisans.  Back in San Jose, we rested or swam, then watched a dance performance by the El Torito dance group, costumed Costa Rican folklore dancers. After their performance,  they taught us several different dances.   This was followed by a delicious dinner and a special dessert in honor of Kian's birthday. Then off to pack and enjoy some last minute time together before we head back to Watertown Thursday.

-Ms. Tamakian

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