Sometimes you try something new, fresh, or different, and it breaks you out of the old, boring routine. However, even an exciting new experience can become monotonous after some time.

This experience has definitely not been like that. I am still shocked and surprised at how hospitable the brothers here have been. They’ve really gone out of their way to spend time with us and make sure that we are happy and comfortable. To give an example, take our experience from a few days ago.

We went to the park with some of the young ones of the congregation. They wanted to share a special treat with us- Pizza. 🍕 You’re probably thinking, “Pizza? What’s so special about that?”

Well, of course it seems like nothing special at first, but what you have to realize is that the U.S. has the monopoly on cheap, standard pizzas. Pizza tends to be much more expensive, much smaller, and have very different ingredients in other countries. Just take a look at the pizza we tried.

Doesn’t look like your typical pizza, does it?

This particular pizza was a Costa Rican-style supreme pizza with ham, mushrooms, cheese, onions, and bell pepper. Though it definitely had unexpected ingredients, it was delicious all the same. And for our friends to splurge in order to share a special treat with us made us appreciate much more. But they didn’t stop there! They took us by boat down the river to hang out at a friend’s house.

Meet some of the young ones!

After our scenic ride down Sierpe River, we arrived at our destination. We received a warm welcome and, having plenty of energy stored up after our leisurely river ride, we decided to expend some of it playing a bit of soccer or “fútbol” as most other countries call it. (Come on, let’s make this official back home. It just makes more sense!)

After a while, we had to retreat back inside because it started to rain. It’s very common to have a cup of coffee any time you go over to someone’s house, so we came prepared with a loaf of bread to share with our hosts and enjoy together. We didn’t want the fun to end, so we played some Uno.

It can get pretty intense! 😁

I’m starting to realize that everywhere we go, people play Uno differently. The rules here in Costa Rica are a little more complicated, but it makes the game interesting. I’ll have to teach you sometime.

It was a ton of fun, but we made our way back at a decent time. It was a nice, relaxed environment. Every day spent with friends here in Sierpe feels like it could go on forever, yet it flies by so quickly!

Here’s another group picture.

I’m thankful for these experiences and for the wonderful friends we’ve made thanks to being part of Jehovah’s organization. We look forward to getting to know them better and working together with them in service!

So, here’s a question for you guys: What’s the weirdest pizza you’ve ever heard of/tried?