Random Walk Costa Rica: Living La Pura Vida in a Rainy Island Paradise

  By Michelle Kim, Class of 2020

By Michelle Kim, Class of 2020

The adventuring starts early for Boothies. For our crew of 16, the adventure started in Costa Rica, part of one of the two Random Walks to the country.

From day one, we were at beautiful beaches soaking in the sun one moment, and then shielding ourselves from the sudden downpour the next (yay rainy season). The activities inspired connection – you can only stay calm and collected for so long when white water rafting down rapids or ziplining the length of a football field over a jungle. We kept things boujee on a catamaran tour, braved the untamed jungles for a canyoneering excursion, and surfed until sunset.

 The Random Walk Costa Rica Crew geared up and ready to zipline over the jungle, just one of the many outdoor adventures had on their trip

The Random Walk Costa Rica Crew geared up and ready to zipline over the jungle, just one of the many outdoor adventures had on their trip

One of the most memorable activities was touring the Casona Rio Fortuna, an estate near Arenal Volcano. We made tortillas by hand, and then watched them cook over a traditional wood stove. Our host served us an elaborate meal with ingredients grown on the farm itself (farm to table indeed!) and completed the dégustation with probably the most delicious coffee and homemade coffee liquor I have tried. One of our crew picked up an extra guitar and jammed with the local duo playing Costa Rican tunes. We tasted raw cocoa beans, made sugar cane juice by hand, and gawked at the howling monkeys above. The day concluded with a relaxing few hours in the hot springs at the base of the volcano.

Beyond the thrill of exploring a new country with classmates, I was deeply thankful for the opportunity to connect with each person. Some of my favorite hours were those spent in intense conversations discussing the factors that make up our identity, our ideas to shape the educational experiences of children across cultures, our own experiences moving countries and recreating close communities, and more. I don’t think its possible to quantify the lasting value of hearing the stories of others and sharing your own. It was a moving reminder that we’re all in this together, from the adrenaline-inducing activities to our daily journeys engaging with our unique communities.

The Costa Rica (Too) Random Walk was a blast. It was the perfect way to launch into a new phase of learning. I’m thankful for the memories we formed together and am eager to see what adventures are ahead.