Travel Blogs from Cartago, Costa Rica

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Maybe just a drop in the bucket...but a big drop, Orosi, Costa Rica travel blog

Maybe just a drop in the bucket...but a big drop

A travel blog entry by bootsmade4wlkin

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... so mindbogglingly strange to me that in an hour I won't be surrounded by these friends that have been so integral in my Costa Rican experience. I leave Orosi in an hour.  And I'm scared.  This place, so foreign at first, a place where I ...

Chiclet, La Estrella, Costa Rica travel blog

Chiclet

A travel blog entry by bootsmade4wlkin

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I have a great job. Every day I am showered with little gifts from my students - candy, flowers, stickers, drawings. It's great. I always feel loved. But the other day one of my first grade girls comes in and hands me a little puppy. I exclaim how ...

Stuck in Time, Orosi, Costa Rica travel blog

Stuck in Time

A travel blog entry by bootsmade4wlkin

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... would be.  But now I understand.  It was a great month, an easy month, but not how I will remember my time in Costa Rica.  Orosi is a vacation, a great vacation but not real life.  Good times are always had here...even while ...

Fieldtrip!, La Estrella, Costa Rica travel blog

Fieldtrip!

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Friday, in Costa Rica, was Tree Day.  And to celebrate Tree Day the entire school was going to go plant trees on a finca owned by some French expats up in the mountains.  This seemed very logical, considering that it was tree day and all.  ...

Pura Vida...eventually, Orosi, Costa Rica travel blog

Pura Vida...eventually

A travel blog entry by bootsmade4wlkin

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My first night in Orosi was probably the one of the most terrifying of my life.  I had arrived in San Jose the night before with the other WorldTeach volunteers in an excited blur of massive amounts of luggage and getting to know you ...

Quite a trip, Cartago, Costa Rica travel blog

Quite a trip

A travel blog entry by bootsmade4wlkin

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... responsibilities of being Teacher.  And then the bus broke down and we found ourselves sitting on a curb sweating in the Southern Costa Rica sun, experiencing heat that I hadn´t in a long time.  We watched as the bus driver repeatedly tried to ...

I had a day..., La Estrella, Costa Rica travel blog

I had a day...

A travel blog entry by bootsmade4wlkin

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I woke up and it was still raining.  It had started raining the day before.  And none of the pelo de gato of Orosi, we´re talking torrential downpour and winds that I was sure would land me in the Land of Oz.  And it was cold.  Not ...

Costa Rica, the journey has begun..., Central-america, Costa Rica travel blog

Costa Rica, the journey has begun...

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Our three months journey (minimum!) begun relaxing in Montezuma, Costa Rica, a gringo-hippie town at the pacific ocean on the Nicoya-peninsula. After traveling alone in Panama, Emma joined me to explore this part of the world together. We decided to go to ...

Politics and Religion, Cartago, Costa Rica travel blog

Politics and Religion

A travel blog entry by bootsmade4wlkin

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... to write about the unfairness of American Globalization.  And I started to get really fired up.  I told them that Costa Rica didn't need American progress, which leaves many of its people without decent health care, but that change should come ...

The First Day of School, La Estrella, Costa Rica travel blog

The First Day of School

A travel blog entry by bootsmade4wlkin

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... .  How can I possibly be about to start a year teaching English to kids in a town of 500 people in the middle of nowhere Costa Rica?!!!  Not to mention that I have no idea what my schedule is or how many kids will be in my classes, or even where ...

When it rains, it pours...everyday part 2, La Estrella, Costa Rica travel blog

When it rains, it pours...everyday part 2

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... all. So I casually mentioned to my family that I was going to buy myself a pair of these boots when I next went to Cartago. They laughed, thinking that I was joking. A woman over ten wearing rain boots?! Ridiculous! When I assured them that I was in ...

Crossing the Rio Grande...Well, Not quite!!, Piedades de Santa Ana, Costa Rica travel blog

Crossing the Rio Grande...Well, Not quite!!

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THE LONGEST HIKE Today Doņa Zoraida suggested we walk to Ciudad Colon, which would be about an hour and a half. The two times I had been to Ciudad Colon in the past, I had taken a taxi for approx $2, so I was excited to learn the walking route. Hey, ...

A story about my classroom..., La Estrella, Costa Rica travel blog

A story about my classroom...

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... cafecita, and I discuss politics with my host dad after dinner.  On weekends I catch a ride with my uncles into Cartago and explore the country a bit.  I dance and drink Imperial, I speak English to people who actually understand what I´m ...

La Estrella Noticias, La Estrella, Costa Rica travel blog

La Estrella Noticias

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While it may seem like the world is falling apart sometimes, what with the floodings, draughts, earthquakes, and tsunamis shaking the world right now, La Estrella has somehow managed to be untouched by it all.  In my little corner of the world, ...

Getting Sick in Costa Rica - A True Blessing, Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica travel blog

Getting Sick in Costa Rica - A True Blessing

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BEING THAT I'M UNINSURED... Costa Rica was the perfect place to take on an ear infection! A few days ago, I started to feel a sharp pain and stuffiness in my right ear. If I had been in the US, a doctor's visit and prescribed antibiotic would have cost ...

My new classroom!!!!, La Estrella, Costa Rica travel blog

My new classroom!!!!

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La Estrella...business as always, La Estrella, Costa Rica travel blog

La Estrella...business as always

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La Estrella del Guarco is a little town of 500 people, though I have yet to see these supposed 500 people.  I think they´re counting everyone who lives within a five kilometer radius as there are only about ten houses in town.  Along with said ...

Back Fat, La Estrella, Costa Rica travel blog

Back Fat

A travel blog entry by bootsmade4wlkin

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... some strength left in me after all, though I guess some would call it weakness. "What the hell?" I say as I grab a hunk of bread and sit down for a gab session with my curvy friends. In the end, this is Costa Rica and back fat is SEXY in Costa ...

Finally Becoming an Auntie - Well, not Technically, Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica travel blog

Finally Becoming an Auntie - Well, not Technically

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MY NEW FAMILY IN COSTA RICA In previous entries I have mentioned Doņa Zoraida. She is my neighbor and has been my hiking buddy for the last two months. Her family has really taken me in as one of their own and I have grown close to her daughter, sons, ...

My Mom's Arrival, Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica travel blog

My Mom's Arrival

A travel blog entry by semi-backpacker

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PICKING MY MOM AT THE AIRPORT After planning my mom's trip to Costa Rica what seems like ages ago, the date arrived and so did my mom! Doņa Zoraida and her son, Carlos were kind enough to go to the airport with me and pick her up. We enjoyed great ...

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Life in the "Big" city of Ciudad Colon

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THE NEIGHBORING "BIG" CITY Today I realized that Ciudad Colon is a much closer walk than the town of Piedades, which is where I had been going for my grocery shopping and general exploration needs. Ciudad Colon also has much more going on and is a ...

We laughed and we cried, we danced and we slept, La Estrella, Costa Rica travel blog

We laughed and we cried, we danced and we slept

A travel blog entry by bootsmade4wlkin

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... .  We are all learning to live with, and in some cases even embrace, those little weird things that set life in rural Costa Rica apart from our lives in the States...or anywhere else for that matter.  Each of our towns, our schools, our families ...

Feliz cumpleaņos a mi!, La Estrella, Costa Rica travel blog

Feliz cumpleaņos a mi!

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... ended as most birthdays do when one is in their 20s, hugging the toilet bowl, but it was a fun night!  Twenty-four in Costa Rica. BUT, the festivities were not quite over.  Staggering out of bed at 6 am the next day, not yet hung over because ...

Hot Springs, a Live Volcano and Pampering!, Tabacon Hot Springs Resort, Costa Rica travel blog

Hot Springs, a Live Volcano and Pampering!

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... power that we were witnessing makes you realize the power of nature. It was nice capper on our two plus weeks in Costa Rica. She Said: Mount Arenal: What can I say, yet another completely different experience. This is more a typical high end ...

Ctenosaurs and the Volcano, Arenal, Costa Rica travel blog

Ctenosaurs and the Volcano

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Giant hot boulders came hurtling down the face of the volcano leaving trails of smoke in their wake. At two kilometres away you can hear, seem to feel each thump. We were about as close you are allowed to get to it, at Arenal Observatory Lodge. Twice we ...

My life, Pacuare Reserve, Costa Rica travel blog

My life

A travel blog entry by casey_matt

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... to what I am doing for the next 4 months. If you want to see more about the Reserve check here .... http://www.play-costa-rica.com/costa-rica-sea-turtles.html I will be able to check email probably twice a month when I get to go to town to help with ...

Ants and the Mimosa, Turrialba, Costa Rica travel blog

Ants and the Mimosa

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While Ellen toils this week in Toronto I'm in Latin America, a guest of the Costa Rica Tourist Board. Three American journalists and I were invited to do a familiarization trip focusing on extreme sports. I could have written about what it's like to ...

Raleigh Phase 3 - Coast to Coast Trek, Turrialba, Costa Rica travel blog

Raleigh Phase 3 - Coast to Coast Trek

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Our last phase, the 19 day, 270 km Coast to Coast trek which started in Moin on the Atlantic Coast and finished in Playa Palo Seco on the Pacific Coast, finished on December 12.  Our team name was Zulu 1 and to see some videos and blog entries from ...

Raleigh Phase 2 - Environmental Project, Turrialba, Costa Rica travel blog

Raleigh Phase 2 - Environmental Project

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... Ridley sea turtle, one of the world’s smallest marine turtles, counts Playa Hermosa as a minor nesting site in Costa Rica. Their nesting season occurs from June through November, while September, October and November see the largest numbers of ...

Raleigh Phase 1 - Miratombo Trek, Turrialba, Costa Rica travel blog

Raleigh Phase 1 - Miratombo Trek

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Raleigh International runs volunteering programes in Costa Rica & Nicaragua.  From September to December, I will be with Raleigh in Costa Rica/Nicaragua working as a volunteer project manager and trek leader. During the adventure phase, teams ...

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