Today was our last full day in Colombia, and it was our beach day! After breakfast on the rooftop of our hotel, we headed down to the marina to get on our boat. The first stop was a little island called Cholon with tiki huts and beautiful turquoise water all around. We had fun jumping off from the boat and playing in the water. Although we wanted to stay longer, we left soon for our main destination, La Playa Blanca, also known as Baru.
This was where the money was because the water was clear and beautifully blue. The first thing that a couple of us did was put sunscreen on. We explored, swam, danced, and warded off vendors who tried to sell us massages, souvenirs, and ice cream. We eventually gave in and a few of us bought ice cream and Austin Ericson bought a full body massage! And Grady had fun catching a starfish and exploring the beach. Our lunch on the beach was tilapia or chicken with patacones (basically flat, baked plantains), salad, and arroz con coco (coconut rice).
The water was so beautiful – God’s creation is so amazing as it is written in Psalm 104:24-25, “How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small”!!
After a fun day at the beach, we left to escape the treacherous high tide around 3 p.m. and arrived near the walled city where our hotel is. We took a 10-minute walk to our hotel to clean off before dinner. After a quick rest, we took a long walk to the wall of the walled city to take pictures and watch the sunset. Again, God’s creation is truly beautiful! For dinner, we went to an Italian restaurant and we enjoyed our last night together in Colombia with good food and fellowship. We cannot wait to come back!!
— Kiki Saint-Aime & Hannah Jarvis
Quotes of the Day:
“OW! I think I stepped on the Bikini Bottom” -Reese Pascoe. (Reference to Sponge Bob)
“AY! Your engine noises are keeping me from relaxing! Get away!” -Señor McDonald to a boat
“No gracias…”- Us to the very persistent vendors on the beach
“You just gotta ride with the waves”- Kiki Saint-Aime (coming back on the boat)
“I think the fish I had for lunch is swimming in my stomach!” – Mrs. Jarvis (as we were riding back on the boat)