3rd Post – 2 days left

In Costa Rica by Eller Student

Tragically the trip is quickly coming to an end.  As a group, we only have 2 days left together and it’s been an incredible experience to say the least.  I’ll try not to be too reflective with this blog since I still have one more to write once the trip is actually over.  So I’ll stick to stories.

Last weekend we had Monday off in recognition of a national holiday so we took the opportunity to escape to the Caribbean.  It was our first trip to the Caribbean side of the country that we had heard so much about and it was great to actually see and understand all of the differences that everyone had been talking about between the two coasts.   The 4 hour bus ride went quickly and we arrived in Puerto Viejo around 2 in the afternoon.  It was a lot smaller than I had imagined it (as everything seems to be here) and we pretty much walked through the entire town in 20minutes to get to our hotel.  Since it wasn’t a Dream Careers sponsored event, we were on our schedule which was nice because we got to relax a little bit more and I couldn’t think of a better place to do it.  The whole town was laid back, everyone just walking around barefoot with surfboards or riding their bike.  We got a ride to a beach that was up the road about 15 minutes from where we were staying and while we were eating dinner we got to watch easily one of the prettiest sunsets I’ve ever seen (although Arizona is tough to beat).

We made it back from the trip safe and sound and my last week at work was a nice one to go out on.  Both of my supervisors took a trip to Miami for a board meeting so the work load has been a little bit less than usual.  At the board meeting they were presenting 2 of the projects that I had been working on throughout my time here.  One was a forecast for the rest of the year and the other was a flash report, so I’m interested to see how those turned out.  This week I’ve been working on analyzing our pricing scales and gross margins and comparing them to sales volumes for numerous reasons that would be too lengthy to explain on a blog.

The family situation is still awesome and always getting better.  My host mom told me a few days ago that she really felt as if I was another son to her, or better yet, the grown up version of her current son haha.  It will definitely be hard to leave them but luckily I gave myself an extra week to hang out after my internship is over, so I don’t have to say goodbye quite yet.

Ooooh yeah, I don’t know how I forgot to mention this, I was caught up in Puerto Viejo, but 2 weekends ago, Mackenzie, Alejandra, and I all went bungee jumping in Naranjo, Alajuela, about 40 minutes from where we live here.  It was over el Rio Colorado off of an old bridge….80 meters/265 feet.  It was absolutely epic.