|Playa Tamarindo at sunset|
Now to work. We were not heading to Tamarindo just to lie on the beach and soak in the sun (although we were fortunate enough to enjoy some beach time). Our work down there was to help set up St. Paul's by the Sea Episcopal Church. The church will be tailored to the large ex-pat community that lives in the area by providing English-speaking services along with other service projects. We met with Rev. Pedro Mendez who will be Rector of St. Paul's by the Sea to figure out the next steps to getting the church up and running. I even had my first real-estate meeting (and it was in Spanish!!!). It was a great experience to meet with some locals and to talk to them about what we are trying to do and to get to know the community a little better. I am learning many new things already and I can't wait to continue to learn and to see what God's work can do for communities all around CR.
Also for you North Carolinians and BBQ lovers, if you ever make it down to Tamarindo go to Longboard BBQ -- They have some awesome pulled pork tacos! No joke. Actually, just go there for the tacos and you will be glad you went.