Archive | May 2014

Taking matters into their own hands.

After class yesterday I spent the afternoon with my new friend Moriah and she showed me around Quepos.  She lives in a Tico community that apparently floods badly during heavy rains.  Her neighbor took matters into her own hands and is paying to dig a trench and install a drainage pipe.  Unfortunately, they dug through the side of a hill that is a graveyard!  It appears the hill could easily erode in the next rain, and with the crosses marking the grave sites teetering on the edge . . . it’s hard to know what will come down with the soil!  Yikes.

I just realized I never got a picture of Moriah – I’ll fix that tonight.

I’m getting ready to go on a tour of Manuel Antonio National Park this morning and will spend the day exploring the trails and beaches in the park.  Tonight I will attend Moriah’s play – sort of a Spanish Vagina Monologues!!

More to come.  . .

Catalina

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Extreme sloth repelling?!

I’ve found the most amazing place to eat delicious ceviche while doing my homework.  It’s a little shack-type restaurant/bar on the beach called Balu.  They have lockers so I can lock my stuff up while I go for a swim as well, which is fantastic since petty theft is apparently a huge problem here.  And I use the term ‘swim’ very loosely as not only is this the rainy season, but it’s big wave season as well.  I got pummeled yesterday in about three feet of water before retreating back to the restaurant to do my homework while shaking the mound of sand out of my hair.  I can still feel sand grains between my teeth. . .

View from Balu Restaurant

View from Balu Restaurant

View from Balu Restaurant

View from Balu Restaurant

I had dinner tonight at a local restaurant with a killer view of the Manuel Antonio coastline called Agua Azul, and as I was about to order, I noticed the couple at the next table staring in the direction below the balcony.  I looked over the railing and there was the most ridiculous sight.  A sloth literally repelling across an electrical line. . .no shit.  This little dude (or dudette) repelled until (s)he hit the telephone pole and then realized (s)he was screwed, so started back in the direction (s)he came from!  Check out the photos.  They are a bit dark as the sun was about to set.  I did my best to lighten them up.

Sloth repelling

Sloth repelling

Sloth repelling

Sloth repelling

Sloth repelling

Sloth repelling

View from Aqua Azul restaurant

View from Aqua Azul restaurant

View from Aqua Azul restaurant

View from Aqua Azul restaurant

This weekend is shaping up to be a great adventure.  I’ll take the bus into Quepos tomorrow to experience the farmers market on the boardwalk.  Hopefully I will find some good produce and less expensive eats.  Saturday morning I will explore Manuel Antonio National Park with a guide hired through my school so I can get the lay of the land in the park.  That way I can enter on my own from now on and explore unaided.  The beaches in the park are apparently more sheltered and amazing.. . although there are salt water crocs and this is mating season!  Fun stuff.  Saturday night I’m attending a play that my new friend Moriah is in.  She describes it sort of as the Spanish vagina monologues.  Can’t wait to see what that’s about!

Stay tuned. . .

Tranquilo,

Catalina

Nick of time!

Made it back to my apartment just in the nick of time today.  Missed the downpour by minutes!  Here’s a few photos from my patio of the sun pushing it’s way through the thick clouds.  I was sooo smart to get an apartment with a covered patio during the rainy season!  This patio is the best. Isn’t that hammock something?

Anyway, it’s day two of classes and it is amazing to have my Spanish language lessons with such a fabulous teacher.  Four hours of intense one-on-one each day with Keilyn, and then an hour of conversation with Mauricio who is so much fun!  He cut down two young coconuts from one of the trees on the property today and opened them for us to drink.  Then I got to eat the yummy coconut from both.  Starting next week there will be more students, but for this week. .  .Keilyn & Mauricio are all mine!

I also made a new friend today. Her name is Moriah.  She’s from Arizona and is a former D’Amore student who loved CR so much that she moved here!  The people at the school are taking such great care of her.  They helped her find work and an apartment and have truly become her CR family.

There are many things I wish I had thought to bring with me, as it’s impossible or just too insanely expensive to get them from my little town.  Would you believe I paid about $10 for length of rope to make a clothes line?  Oh well.  Such is life in tropical paradise.  I’ll certainly manage!

Tranquillo. ..

Catalina

Sun broke through the clouds!

Sun broke through the clouds!

 

Greeted by a downpour and howler monkeys!

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Well, it took an extra day to get to Costa Rica due to a flight delay, but I arrived safely on Saturday. I was greeted in San Jose by Norberto (thank you Norberto!) and in Manuel Antonio by a torrential downpour (it is rainy season, after all), a group of howler monkeys that kept me up all night, and one sloth so high up in the tree that I could only see his little round sloth-butt!  As predicted. . .monkeys on my porch!!

Sunday was GLORIOUS! Sunny all day, no rain, white faced monkeys everywhere, and the horrifying screams of howlers from a distance only. Today was my first day of school and as the only student this week, it was intense!  More students show up next week.

Anyway, I finally figured out how to create a slideshow – sort of.  I also have awesome audio of the howlers and a few video clips, but apparently I can’t upload them to this site without a $$ upgrade. So . . . still images it is for now!

Special thanks to Joaquin and Norberto for helping pave the way for my fabulous welcome to CR!  Stay tuned and enjoy.

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