girls worked on their schoolwork the morning of the 14th, Kurt put
his RF engineer talents back into action and created wind blocks and wax
catchers for each candle, as there was mention of walking around with our
candles (okay Iíll confess, it was communicated more through hand gestures than
actual words). Once school work was finished for the day and Kurtís design was
approved, we each painted the
With our lanterns in one hand and an umbrella in the other (never leave home without it), we made our way through town to the school that borders the beach. As predictable for this time of year, rain was inevitable, but to our relief it had taken a break during our walk to the school. Once we were to the school, darkness settled in and the rain resumed in full force. There we, along with the many school children and their families, huddled under the schoolís awning waiting for the festivities to begin.
To our amazement the Esterillos Oeste, Costa Ricans really get into the making of their Independence Day Lanterns. They put our once proud lanterns to shame. There on the crammed porch we witnessed elaborate constructions in the shape of a house, school, or church. One was even a large boat. They were constructed out of wood, popsicle sticks, or egg cartons, placed at the end of a pole for carrying overhead. Each illuminated from the candle light that poured through the windows that were covered with colorful velum.
listening to what appeared to be an announcement from a radio and singing the
The parade ended back at the school after taking the beach route to get there. What a beautiful sight seeing the many colors dancing along the beach in route to the school. After more singing and shouts of ďPura VidaĒ at the school, the event came to a close. We felt blessed to have been part of our communityís celebration of this important date and look forward to being a part of it for many years to come. Kurt is already planning his lantern for next year!††