Despite hearing about how empty it was at that time of year (October), it turned out to be the perfect time to visit Montezuma as there was just the right amount of tourists before the high season kicked in (though I think we were completely lucky not to have any rain!). The town was adorable and super chilled out, the beaches were beautiful and the people so friendly. What was supposed to be a two week stay at the school ended up being a month, and even after that I was reluctant to leave!
The week of Spanish lessons were so useful, and the teacher Wendy was amazing; the smiliest teacher I've ever had! She gave a great base and easy grasp of the language and I wish I'd taken more lessons, though three courses at once would have been too intense! (Next time!)
The whole aim of the trip was to hone my surfing skills, and I went from playing about in white water to surfing the proper large waves at nearby Santa Teresa. Although the walk to Playa Grande was longer than expected (half an hour), it was a pretty good warm up and took us to a beautiful secluded surf break. The teachers Blue and Pablo were fun, although a few of us may have benefited more from less beginner lessons as sometimes we found ourselves fending for ourselves at the back without instruction as the beginners were taught in the white water. This wasn't always the case as sometimes I even got a private session in the larger waves, which you'd usually pay a fortune for! All in all it was great fun and everyone seemed to have progressed really well, the vibe was usually great and the equipment (boards, wax etc) were excellent (though the van a little rickety!).
Last but not least poi. I didn't expect to learn much in a week but I ended up staying extra long especially so I could perform in the fire show! The reason behind this inspiration was Eli - the local fire spinning/juggling/sticking pro! He was so talented and we had great fun in our small classes. It was so addictive, and the final night performing in the fire show topped off a really special stay.
The main draw to the school has got to be the people - I have made so many friends for life here, including a few who I travelled with afterwards or intend to in the future! There were so many inspirational and lovely people, including the staff at the hotel itself.
Escuela del Sol was an awesome experience, I'd highly recommend it to anyone. Though the price was initially out of my range, it was worth it for the personal teaching approach and great atmosphere, and made a nice change from hostel dorms. It's also perfect for solo travellers, especially those who are a little apprehensive about travelling on their own. The kitchen perhaps could have had better utensils, but it was still usable and the living area was clean and relaxing. The rooms also had A/C (lovely), bathrooms and lockers, and I was lucky enough to have a brilliant room mate.
Make sure to dance at Chico's bar and check out the live music at Organico, nearby waterfalls and the weekly fire show. Hasta Luego, Pura vida :)
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