With the Jeter Family

Trip Start Dec 07, 2005
Trip End Apr 10, 2007

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Monday, October 30, 2006

i don't think i can effectively cover all that we've done here in costa rica in detail. we have been staying with daniela's aunt rhoda and uncle stan, and besides being our hosts, rhoda has been our personal tour guide and volunteer coordinator. she's taken us all over the place, and hooked us up with the opportunity to volunteer as translators for a wheelchair distribution. for the first few weeks of our stay, there have been few moments that haven't been filled by visiting a volcano, working on wheelchairs, or watching sloths at inbio parque.

here are some of my notes on our time here:

monday, 30 october: went to church w/rhoda to fold and sort donated clothes.

31 october: visited drug rehab center with workshops that recycle lumber, furniture, scrap metal, etc. fed oxen bananas. met costa rican american who was working as cook there, he gave us some very good sweet potato pancakes.

2 november: went to irazu volcano, visited deaf school where rhoda's friend is principal, walked to a market.

4 november: went to puerto caldera and helped paint rooms in a children's shelter.

5 november: picked up amanda at the airport, bday party at house for some american girls who've been living here, saw a mot mot (a tropical bird) while walking around the condo complex where daniela's aunt and uncle live.

7 november: with amanda here for only a few days, we want to pack as much as we can into a short time. today, got up 6 am, headed to poas volcano. got great views of the crater in between rolling fog. hiked a bit around the volcano park. went to a luxury resort called peace lodge and hiked waterfalls trail there, visited frog and butterfly exhibits. saw a big black snake on trail. visited cafe britt factory and bought coffee to send home.

8 november: went on a field trip with the deaf school students and teachers to a school about 45 minutes outside of cartago. there a group of deaf students performed a traditional costa rican dance, and other kids put on skits. the kids also got autographs from some football (soccer) players from one of the local clubs.

9-10 november: manuel antonio national park

the next week we worked with the wheelchair project, and the week after that we housesat for rhoda and stan; stan went to peru for work and rhoda went to the states for thanksgiving. we have undoubtedly been able to see much more (for much less) than we would have without the benefit of daniela's family members being here. most backpackers kind of cruise through costa rica, as it's more expensive than lots of other places in centroamerica. but we kept a full schedule complete with home-cooked meals at the end of the day.
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