Semana Santa, in a seashell   Leave a comment

Once again, I’ve gone too long without writing a post – so much has happened that I want to share with you. Because I know that even if I try, my “short summaries” of the experience can get somewhat lengthy, I’m going to break it up into a few posts to post in the next few days… First: Semana Santa

In case you didn’t get it, the title of the post was going to be “Semana Santa in a nutshell” but as soon as I said it, I knew it needed to be changed, because Semana Santa could have also been called beach week. Semana Santa (the week from Palm Sunday to Easter) is a big deal in Costa Rica: there are no classes for the entire week, everyone – literally just about everyone – has Holy Thursday and Good Friday off of work, basically most things shut completely down (including bus services!) for these days. Along with that, it is a time that most Costa Ricans travel – to the beach! – to enjoy the “last hurrah” of summer before the rainy season sets in. So, given that I’m trying to live like a tica, it only made sense for me to spend the week at the beach, right? Well, that’s what I, and a few friends from ACM and a few tico friends did. We made the haul out to northern Guanacaste to spend a few days on some great pacific beaches: we stayed near a beach that is one of the best rated beaches in Costa Rica, called Playa Conchal. The beach gets its name from the fact that instead of sand, the beach is made of seashells (concha=shell). We were able to travel around the area to other beaches close by, including Tamarindo and Playa Grande. I’ll let the pictures do most of the rest of the talking: being that it was the pacific, we were provided with some great sunsets, and overall it was a great time to relax and recuperate before heading back to San José for the last few weeks of the semester which will be packed with working on our final paper and presentations. I’ll just let the pictures tell the rest of the story…

Playa Brasilito, where we stayed - sunset #1

A snapshot of Playa Conchal, with its turquoise waters.

Playa Conchal - Shell Beach

Sunset on Playa Conchal

The beach at Tamarindo

Sunset on Playa Grande

Sunset on Playa Langosta


Posted May 9, 2011 by rwieme in Uncategorized

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