FC: Costa Rica | January 2013
1: Our Welcome at San Jose International Airport on Monday | Our hospitable welcome at the San Jose International Airport
3: We were immediately greeted by our Costa Rican brothers in the airport. They had received permission to be inside the airport to greet us and walk us through customs. There were buses waiting to take us to the local assembly hall.
5: We were warmly welcomed by a large group of brothers and sisters with many hugs, kisses and happy tears. We received refreshments and a special program explaining the theocratic history of Costa Rica.
6: Upon arrival at the hotel, we received a gift bag with handmade gifts, our itinerary of activities and our ticket to enter the stadium.
7: First stop is Sarchí, set amid coffee fields of Alajuela, is Costa Rica’s crossroads of crafts—famous for the intricately detailed, hand-painted oxcarts that originated here in the middle of the 19th century. We stopped at a cooperative of 30 families that make the majority of the crafts sold in Costa Rica | Excursions
10: There were incredible views on the bus ride to Arenal Volcano. We passed through areas that cultivate sugar cane and coffee. This is the Central Valley Area.
11: Arenal Volcano
14: Irazu Volcano is the highest active volcano in Costa Rica located near the city of Cartago. It has several craters and both the Pacific and
15: Atlantic oceans can be seen on a clear day.These days are rare and most of the time the summit is covered in clouds. We had a clear day but it was very cold.
17: A beautiful view of the central valley, the city is named appropriately El Paraiso (Paradise)
20: Special Assembly January 11 - 13
21: We are here!!
26: We spent 3 days at Fuego del Sol hotel. Every afternoon the red macaws flew in to eat from the almond trees. This little piece of paradise is only a couple hours drive from San Jose. | Playa Hermosa
28: Manuel Antonio National Park We hired a naturalist guide to point out the native flora and fauna. He showed us more than we could have ever seen with our untrained eyes | Gina's Cabinas - brother and sister who own restaurant and cabinas at entrance of Park
29: That's a sloth
31: Typical Breakfast
35: Dear Dad and Mom, What a fabulous trip we all enjoyed! We thank first Jehovah for his undeserved kindness upon our families and the privilege to be part of his beautiful earthly organization. We also want to thank you both because we realize that much of this trip would not have been possible or half as enjoyable without you both. Thank you very much for your support and loving kindness on our behalf. We hope that we will have many more great times and memorable moments in the near future. May we all keep Jehovah's Kingdom and his interests first in our lives and remain loyal and obedient to Him so that we will have a bright future together. With all our love, Jana, Victor and Michelle