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  Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, is home to 2/3 of the country’s residents.

  Hola! It’s Nick again. Today was the long anticipated beach day on Isla Tortuga. We started out the day taking a ferry over to the island at 9am, and got to the island at 11 AM. The water in the surrounding area was absolutely stunning, the bluest and best saltwater I’ve ever seen.   The first activity that we embarked on was snorkeling around the coral reef located a few hundred yards away from the island. The guides chummed the water, and fish of all different species were teeming through the water. While snorkeling, a Manta ray was spotted, octopus, and even a red starfish was found.   The next thing that we did was a banana boat ride, which was spectacular as you could not…
Today was a day of mixed emotions. I was happy to be returning to the US and see my family. But I was also sad that this was our last day in such a beautiful country. We said goodbye to our tour guide Alvaro and our driver Luis who we had gotten to know very well during our two weeks in Costa Rica. My favorite moment of the day was when we were saying our goodbyes and Al said to all of us that we had set a good example for our school and country as a whole to the people we met.    
Hola! Today, sadly has been our last day here in Costa Rica. It’s been an amazing experience and we have all learned so many interesting facts about renewable energies!   We’ve had the honor to tour rocket companies, dams, solar farms, wind turbines, and today we got the opportunity to tour a train station. This morning we climbed into the clouds and visited one of Costa Rica’s tallest volcanoes. Surrounded by the atmosphere we looked down into the giant craters made millions of years ago. We learned that Costa Rica and the other Central American countries were formed from volcanoes and is known as the natural bridge of the continents, connecting North and South America. We all took a…
  ¡Hola!  Today we went to Ad Astra Rocket Company. We saw their Variable Specific Impulse Magneto-plasma Rocket, VASIMR™ for short. The VASIMR™ takes argon gas and ionizes it to plasma and contains it in a magnetic field to produce a propulsion beam. This kind of engine is efficient for space transport but cannot produce the thrust necessary to put something into orbit. Ad Astra also has a renewable program were they focus on using sources such as solar and wind to produce the energy necessary to is electrolosize water to produce hydrogen gas for Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles. Our guide Juan gave us the grand tour and the nitty gritty of what they do to be on the cutting edge of…
Today was a very event filled day, and everyone seemed to have a ton of fun. We visited Ad Astra Rocket Company, where we got a look at their facility, where they are focusing on the development of a sustainable future with hydrogen gas for cars, as well as the development of a Plasma Rocket for more efficient and faster space. It was very interesting to look at a facility that aims to achieve so much when the facility is only operated by nine people. It gave me a sense that big things can be accomplished by the greatest minds rather than numbers. A little bit latter, we also were able to visit a ranch for lunch. There, we also were able to take part in the sugar making process, learn…
  ¡Hola! Today is our last day in Costa Rica. As sad as the fact is we still managed to have a full day of fun and education.   First we went to Irazu, one of several active volcanoes in Costa Rica. It was absolutely amazing! We learned a little about geology, including that at certain temperatures and depending on content of the lava pumice can form small crystals. We also learned of the highest elevation of forest in Costa Rica, known as Paramo! It has smaller leaves with thicker, waxier exteriors. They feel almost fake!   After that we had lunch, atop the mountains surrounding the volcanoes.    Next we moved into San Jose where we learned about the up and coming electric…
  Hola! Today we went to Isla Tortuga!!! It was gorgeous. We went snorkeling and had a beautiful day on the beach. There were banana boats and a giant pig running around.    After a long time of learning it was nice to turn off our brains and live for a day in the true meaning of Pura Vida.   We danced with locals on our sunset cruise back to mainland. And we all enjoyed fresh fruit.    Pura Vida from Costa Rica!      
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