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Costa Rican food is generally known to be simple with a pleasant mild flavour. However, it is also common to have big jars on the tables filled with vegetables that have been mixed with chiles.
Rice and beans are the basis of many meals. The 'Ticos', as Costa Ricans are commonly known, like to eat tortillas made of maize, eggs, ...
This morning John was up early to see if the Quetzal bird was out of the nest. He came back to say he could only see the two long back feathers so we packed our large suitcases and went to, as usual, a lovely breakfast with local fruit, great coffee, eggs, beans/rice, pancakes, and toast. Can't wait for my usual slimfast..ha! We got word the quetzal was out so off we went to the nest but he was back in. Our guide did stick around but we had to go back to clear ...
... us the visit would take around 2.5 hours, so enjoy the sights and he would wait patiently in the car. We paid the fee and entered the park, which boasts an impressive animal sanctuary and a hike to three beautiful waterfalls.
Just after entering, we were greeted by a coati who sluggishly meandered across the pathway and into the bushes while we photographed him. We then entered the aviary, where a park attendant asked if we would like to hold ...
... being so full we skipped dinner. Our last week on phase passed in a similar way to those before it, we planted more trees and laid more gravel; there were still more trees to be planted though and more gravel to lay, the maintenance of a National Park never ending. We were into a routine and were pretty slick, a couple of days before the end however I had pains in my left ankle, which was diagnosed by our medic as tendonitis of the achilles and would plague me for ...
... 2 weeks after flowering a bag is put over the developing fruit for 4 main reasons - increase temperature and humidity, prevent insects, prevent sunburn and prevent bats. Different colour ribbons will be used to tie the bag depending on the week so that it is easy to see when each plant should be ready for harvest. Once the plant has been harvested it will rot away and the daughter plant will develop for the next harvest. One technique that is used to help with ...
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