Our second last port!
How?! Time needs to grab the wall and slow down!
It’s so hard to believe that my Semester at Sea adventure is coming to an end. I need to make peace with that fact quickly and often. I’ve collided with so many beautiful souls and discovered the Earth and myself in the time I’ve sailed around the Atlantic. Now we’re heading back to the Western world full circle.
Costa Rica was an impeccable country to conclude our voyage before heading to the United States. For me, it was a reminder to get back in touch with my roots as a human being. To come home to Mother Earth, in the same way us SAS voyagers were coming home to North America.
I embarked on so many adventures during my stay here. Ziplining, bungee jumping, waterfall rappelling, laying on a black sand beach, snorkelling … Guess what all of those activities have in common?
They all require direct contact with nature.
Costa Rica is big on eco-tourism! The natural wildlife and surroundings not only make the country visually appealing, it is also the reason for the nation’s number one source of income. The locals here are willing to do everything in their power to preserve the condition of the environment, and I believe that many other countries can learn from the Rich Coast. Even the hostels we stayed in identified as eco lodges, complete with adorable decor created from used lightbulbs with tiny plants inside each one.
As a millennial, I grew up reading about climate change concerns in both school courses as well as media outlets covering heated political debates. Eventually, I think I became desensitized to the seriousness of the issue because it no longer seemed to be a world problem that needed immediate action. Traveling in Jaco Beach, Montezuma, and Monteverde was a wake up call for me. I realized that all the lovely tour guides and hostel workers would suffer immensely if I don’t do my part in taking care of the environment. I vowed to make painless lifestyle changes that would decrease my ecological footprint on the Earth, such as actively seeking earth-friendly makeup and choosing to maintain a more plant-based diet.
What are some of your ideas to make Mother Nature cleaner and happier?
“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”