Me and my machete are famous in Korea!

Trip Start Feb 23, 2010
Trip End Jun 30, 2010

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Finca de Flor

Flag of Costa Rica  , Cartago,
Monday, April 5, 2010

Last week was spring break so I decided to spend the week working on an organic farm. I know I know, not the typical spring break but I wanted to do something different plus I wanted to get out of the city and away from all the buses and cars. I read that Costa Rica uses more pesticides and chemicals on their farms than any other country so they need some lessons on organic farming!! It's a small farm but there are horses, goats, chickens, cats and dogs and a few vegetables and herbs. We worked on the farm from 7:30 to 12 and the rest of the day u could do whatever. It wasn't a true vacation since I did still have to work but I got to sleep in..til 6:30!!  I helped feed the goats and horses and cleaned up some of the garden and got to start my own little garden patch,beans of all things!!! I also helped clean up the botanical garden. There were only 2 other volunteers there. Evelyn from Seattle and Christophe from a small French island off the coast of Africa, called Reunion. He is traveling around Costa Rica to find a spot where he can open up his spa/meditation place! So I'll have a place to visit when i come back. Wednesday a group of Koreans came to film around the farm for some children's program in Korea. It had been raining a little bit that morning and I was creating my bean patch with my mini machete and shovel so I was covered in dirt and mud and I dont even know what my hair looked liked. I had it in braids but with this humidity it was still all over the place. Since Christophe and I were the only volunteers there that day, we were they lucky ones they interviewed! I was really hoping they would fix me up a little bit before filming but one look at me and they were probably thinking we dont' have the time to help this girl but she's the only choice we have so just film her anyways. So they filmed me while I was cleaning the lettuce patch and then they made me shovel the composte pile which consisted of manurer an all kinds of other stuff so I was not too happy about that. Then they asked me questions like why did i come to the farm, what do I think about the farm etc...So if you go to Korea and see a dirty, crazy looking American girl playing in the dirt on tv it's probably me! The rest of the week was really laid back since it was Semana Santa (Easter weekend). From the farm you could see a big lake in the valley so Christophe and I decided we would walk to this lake and go swimming. Bri, the owner, said its far but still close enough to walk. I knew it was really hilly since we were going down the mountain but figured the walk back wouldn't be too bad after swimming in the lake. So we take off on our journey right after breakfast and reach a road where u have to go either left or right. We asked a man which way to the lake and he started talking in Spanish really fast and kept saying something about la prisa. Neither one of us knew what he was talking about so we just kept saying Lake Cachi and he pointed to the right. So we keep walking and eventually reach a big dam with a sign that says 'La Prisa' which means ''the dam''. Apparently the dam is one way and the actual lake is the other direction.Obviously we couldn't swim here so I ask a guy where's the part where we can swim and he said there's a river about 2km up the road. So we walk 2 km and still no river. So we ask someone else..'oh yeah the river is only about 1 more km'. Determined to go swimming we continue. After about 3 km we gave up. The closest thing we saw to a river was a rocky stream that was fenced off. Neither one of us brought any money so we couldnt stop and get a drink or food so we turned right around and headed home. Not only was I super bummed about not getting to swim but my legs were throbbing after 2 1/2 hrs of walking down a mountain and I was thinking there is no way I can walk all the way back up these huge hills, like 50+ degree incline, no exaggeration. We tried hitchhiking but no one would pick us up. I wanted to curl up in a ball and just lay in the middle of the road and make someone give me a ride, but I didn't want to look like a wimp in front of the frenchman so i secretly wiped away the tears and kept trekking.  Finally after 4 1/2 hours of walking a truck stopped and gave us a 20 min lift in the back. He didnt take us all the way but I was happy to get a break. After 5 hours and 20 km  non-stop we finally made it home. For the next 3 days I walked as if I had been riding a camel all day. Saturday we tried to go see some ancient ruins in Turrialba but every bus that passed by was too full and they wouldn't let anyone else on so we went to Lankester Gardens instead, hence all the pics of flowers and plants. We walked around Paraiso the rest of the day and took pics of colorful houses. There was also an Easter procession and this old man in a white tshirt was marching in the middle but I think he may have been intoxicated and just joined in thinking no one would notice. The video is pretty funny. 

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angie on

Machetes, compost piles and hitchiking!!! Sounds like work and a little dangerous. You don't mention if you had a cold beer when you finally got home.....did you have one? If not, I REALLY feel sorry for you. Be safe. I love and miss you. Angie

angie on

Oh yeah.... I wonder if we can find your famous interview online anywhere!!!

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