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COSTA RICA | Saturday, 8 Nov 2008 | Views [363]

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Buggers!

COSTA RICA | Sunday, 2 Nov 2008 | Views [421]

Whatever was bugging me continued to bother me—bed bugs, something in the sheets, something in the air—I dunno...  Whatever it was, it put a damper on my experience.  I stopped enjoying my trip, and when I realized that it became clear that it was time ... Read more >


Montezuma

COSTA RICA | Thursday, 30 Oct 2008 | Views [494]

Montezuma was a cute little beach town, touristy nonetheless.  I came here because I wanted to be right on the beach and away from the dampness of the forest. It was also en route to the next volunteering place. I checked into a hostel with beachfront ... Read more >


Traveling

COSTA RICA | Wednesday, 29 Oct 2008 | Views [458]

It’s hard to travel around Costa Rica in general.  Getting anywhere typically requires several transfers and takes 6 to 12 hours.  Transferring between buses is not as easy as getting off at one station and get on the next bus when it comes.  It usually ... Read more >


The Itch

COSTA RICA | Tuesday, 28 Oct 2008 | Views [327]

The working schedule is chill; however, the perpetual dampness, being right next to a creek, and the invasive buggers on my bed became an issue. I’m not sure which is the cause and which is the effect. All I know is that together they became a big issue.... Read more >


Life in the Jungle

COSTA RICA | Tuesday, 28 Oct 2008 | Views [373]

A typical day in the jungle is to wake up at sunrise, some time between 5 and 5:30AM. Have breakfast at the terrace that looks over the jungle. Enjoy the morning calm with bird chirping and a book. We would work between 8:30-ish and Noon-ish. By noon, ... Read more >


Noel

COSTA RICA | Monday, 27 Oct 2008 | Views [396]

An Indian-Canadian showed up in a taxi at Cascada Verde as a guest. Noel did not do his research and was in for a surprise. Noel is all about himself. He talked about his pension, his plan to retire at 55, and his job. It turned out he had wanted to ... Read more >


Not My Kitchen

COSTA RICA | Sunday, 26 Oct 2008 | Views [394]

We’ve been having delicious meals made by different volunteers each night. Presentation ranged in color and flavor. Everything made from scratch, even the salad dressing, and salads were typically harvested from the garden right before consumption. ... Read more >


The Volunteer Quarter

COSTA RICA | Friday, 24 Oct 2008 | Views [312]

The volunteer quarter makes me feel like a chicken kept in a chicken cage.   While there are actual walls defining each room, there are no fully enclosed walls separating the inside from the outside.   The wall-like barriers are roughly three ... Read more >


The Garden

COSTA RICA | Friday, 24 Oct 2008 | Views [420]

Hans, Yvonne (another German who showed up a couple of days ago) and I were given a tour of the eatable garden by a Turkish woman, Ursula. She showed us which plants and flowers are eatable, pointed out the fruit trees and different herbs, and how ... Read more >


The Commune

COSTA RICA | Thursday, 23 Oct 2008 | Views [456]

I some how have stumbled into “Little Germany.” There are many people from Germany here in this commune. Then there is Lori, a dude from the UK, Jenny from Canada, and Gustav from Texas (I think there are two dots over the letter “a”. I can’t seem ... Read more >


Caught in the Rain

COSTA RICA | Thursday, 23 Oct 2008 | Views [408]

Jungle living was a little too still for me. I descended back into town for a coffee. For $1.60, I got a freshly grounded pot of coffee, brewed on order. I sat in the shop for a while, enjoyed this pot of strong coffee that appeared to ... Read more >


Cascada Verde

COSTA RICA | Thursday, 23 Oct 2008 | Views [494]

Tugged away in the jungle is this glorious tree house, like Noe’s but ten times bigger. It's an eco-retreat and takes in volunteers to help around the organic farm.  Organic garden is more like it, as I haven't seen any animals. I think ... Read more >


Hans

COSTA RICA | Thursday, 23 Oct 2008 | Views [736]

While still sitting in the courtyard of Tucan Hotel, an old gentleman approached me and asked if I was going to Cascada Verde.   I said Yes!   We ascended into the jungle together, about 1.24 miles.   Hans, frail old guy, from Germany, has ... Read more >


The Escape (Cont)

COSTA RICA | Thursday, 23 Oct 2008 | Views [442]

Peggy-the-no-good-farmer decided not to return to Noe’s commune with Chris and Amanda.   Actually, I told him I wasn’t coming back when we were leaving.   It didn’t go quite well with him, considering he assumed I was going to stay for a ... Read more >


La Playa

COSTA RICA | Wednesday, 22 Oct 2008 | Views [328]

String of beaches line the southwest coast of CR. I don’t know how the locals tell where one begins and one ends. There are that many. They are pristine, warm, and softly sandy. Best of all, we had it all to ourselves. ... Read more >


Tucan Hotel

COSTA RICA | Tuesday, 21 Oct 2008 | Views [393]

As far as hostels go, Tucan Hotel is a five star.   It is clean, friendly, and full of character.   The courtyard was lit with lanterns, some made from sea shells, others made from bold, colorful rice papers.   To top it off, they are wrapped ... Read more >


The Farm and the Escape

COSTA RICA | Tuesday, 21 Oct 2008 | Views [405] | Comments [1]

This morning, I composted, fed the animals, used a machette to cut banana leaves to feed the goat and the sheeps.  This may sound like a lot of work, but in reality, it didn't take very long, maybe 90 minutes or so. Noe{s farm is not an industrial farm, ... Read more >


Noe and His Farm

COSTA RICA | Monday, 20 Oct 2008 | Views [388]

Little enthusiastic old dude.  Expat who came in the 60{s and fell in love with CR.  He still thinks it{s 1969.  He has a pocket alarm clock that reminds him that something needs to be done at that moment, but doesn{t quiet tell him what.  I don{t ... Read more >


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