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Costa Rica

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Chipi in the Enchanted Forest

Thursday, 6 Nov 2008 | Views [4854] | Comments [1]

A Fairy tale by Daniel and Rachel Chipi the Coati lived in the forest near the volcano.   He was happy as there were plenty of nice juicy grubs and worms to eat, by digging them up with his long claws, and yummy fruit ... Read more >

Tags: fairytale

Old Man Volcan

Tuesday, 4 Nov 2008 | Views [2438]

We exited Monteverde and headed on the bus for Liberia, Costa Rica´s main northern town and centre for the cattle-ranching Guanacaste region.   As I explained before, this was a slow journey.   Still, we started early, so arrived ... Read more >

Tags: dishonest taxi drivers and hotels, liberia, volcan rincon de la vieja

Gold and the Green Mountain

Thursday, 16 Oct 2008 | Views [2289]

Monteverde is one of Costa Rica´s top ´ecological´ tourist attractions – it consists of two large cloud forest reserves, below which are the two villages of Santa Elena and Monteverde – which, like Manuel Antonio, are little more than ribbon development ... Read more >

Tags: climate change, cloud forests, mass tourism, monteverde, santa elena

Lessons in bus travel - Numero Uno

Thursday, 16 Oct 2008 | Views [2549] | Comments [1]

We left Bahia Drake and took the bus up to San Jose along the Inter-american highway (which runs from Alaska to the Darien Gap, Panama).   This gave us another opportunity to experience the difference in the road system between Panama and ... Read more >

Tags: listening to instructions, losing stuff on buses

Gallery: Costa Rica, Volcan Rincon

Wednesday, 15 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Costa Rica, Monteverde

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Gallery: Costa Rica, Drake Bay

Monday, 13 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Bahia Drake: how we splurged half a month´s budget in two days!

Monday, 6 Oct 2008 | Views [3832]

After leaving Boquete and entering Costa Rica via the quiet highland border town of Rio Sereno, our destination was Bahia Drake (Drake´s Bay). Francis Drake left a mark there too. This scenic bay sits on the edge of the Corcovado national park ... Read more >

Tags: bahia drake, feeling great, feeling ill, isla del cano, seeing whales, snorkelling, splurging

The Science of Chocolate

Saturday, 20 Sep 2008 | Views [1372]

Each week I´ve been filling a teaching slot at the local elementary school, 45 minutes on Tuesday from 12.15 to 1.00pm. It´s extra curricular, in the sense that it´s time that can be spent doing anything: music, games or in my case trying to do something ... Read more >

Tags: community

The egg detective and other stories... part 2

Tuesday, 16 Sep 2008 | Views [1329]

Wow, it´s ages since I wrote part 1! Dan and I are in the process of updating our blog and I realise that part 2 is long overdue. I haven´t told you, for example, about the time I tickled a rat´s tail (really) or about my ginger beer shower or the time ... Read more >

Tags: ginger beer, pastry, rats

Gallery: Costa Rica, The egg detective and other stories

Friday, 5 Sep 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Costa Rica, Rio Negro

Friday, 5 Sep 2008 | Photo Gallery

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The egg detective and other stories... part 1

Tuesday, 5 Aug 2008 | Views [981]

There is always something happening at the ranch, sometimes happy, others sad, happy, satisfying moments, excitement with scary bits, and the completely unexpected.   I´ll begin with the completely unexpected.   The egg detective It ... Read more >

Tags: chickens, dogs and cats, spiders

Gallery: Costa Rica, Rancho Mastatal

Sunday, 22 Jun 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio

Sunday, 22 Jun 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Quepos: gateway to Manuel Antonio national park

Sunday, 8 Jun 2008 | Views [1242] | Comments [1]

Saturday 30 May we packed our gear, left the cabañas and walked down to the Ranch in Mastatal.   Our internship was still a week away delayed by the impending arrival of Tim and Robin´s baby (Tim and Robin are the dynamic duo behind Rancho Mastatal).... Read more >

Gallery: Costa Rica, Mastatal, Cabanas Siempre Verde

Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | Photo Gallery

Our first stop in Mastatal
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Dan - Welcome to Centro Bugsville

Sunday, 25 May 2008 | Views [1426] | Comments [3]

Well, contrary to popular belief, Rachel and I have managed to survive our first week outside Blighty with all our limbs intact.  Yay for us.  That´s not to say that we haven´t acquired various things in that time – mostly masses of mosquito and ant ... Read more >

Tags: birds, bugs

Rachel writes about a taste in the life of gringos in Costa Rica!

Sunday, 25 May 2008 | Views [1358] | Comments [3]

What follows a slightly more factual account of our time here, to complement Dan´s sitcom!   At the time of writing, it´s 10.30am on Sunday morning here in Santiago de Puriscal in Costa Rica.    Dan and I are catching up with our emails for the ... Read more >

Tags: cabanas siempre verde, mastatal

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