Mushrooms in the Jungle!

Trip Start Jan 07, 2011
Trip End Jun 15, 2011

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Silvia's House

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of San Jose,
Sunday, January 16, 2011

This was a really great first weekend in Costa Rica!

After classes on Friday, I walked around the center of San Jose for a bit and then spent most of my time in el Museo del Banco Central (  This museum went into the history of money (Costa Rican and in General), the history of gold mining and early metallurgy techniques, and also had an Art Exhibit.  Everything was in spanish and english.  So I was able to read in Spanish and see what I actually understood when I read the English section.  It was really interesting to me and I was actually able to entertain myself there for a few hours!

Saturday was a relaxing day for me.  I studied, finished reading the alchemist, and went for a run. I went to bed early because I had an adventurous Sunday ahead of me.

Silvia and I woke up at 5:30 in the morning and were out the door by 6am to catch a bus that was headed up into the mountains.  We rode the bus for about two hours and then began our hike with a group of about 20 people.  I was practicing my spanish with people from the group throughout the day.  Learned a few new words and practiced simple conversation.  I was doing alot of listening to other people conversations and trying to pick up words.  The hike was 5-6 hours long and it went through the forest/jungle of a mountain.  The area was flush with green because the rainy season was just coming to an end.  The woods are so dense and you're chances of getting lost are so high that your not allowed to go into the forest without a guide/large group.  There are paths through the forest, but in many places the path goes two different directions and you could end up in a totally different spot from where you want to be.  The area that we were walking through is known for having a variety of mushrooms (hence all the mushroom pictures).  We did not see much wildlife other than some birds.  Halfway through the hike, we ate some lunch along the path.  An hour later, we were walking downhill and it began to rain.  This was kind of dangerous and slippery, but also fun and entertaining.  I slipped and fell on my ass once and almost did a few other times.  At the end of our hike, we stopped at a farmer's hut where we purchased some freshly baked pastries/pies. Apple Pies and Pineapple empanadas.. Sooooo good!  Silvia and I were back at her place by 630pm and were exhausted... 

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Sarah Stevenson on

Julian: You look so happy!!! I had no idea there were so many different varieties of mushroom--how many of the photos were of the same kind? And the flowers were such a treat, thanks for sharing!! I, too, am going to be reading The Alchemist soon, it is my next book. I hope you enjoyed it!?! Please stay in touch here, I am very curious about what you run across there! And yes, just a little envious, too! ;-) Take care and BE SAFE!!!! SARAH

Sarah on

I was serfing the internet and came across something I thought was extremely cool there in Costa Rica and am wondering if you will have the opportunity to do it--Montezuma Waterfall Canopy zip lines??!!!?? That sounds like so much fun!! I think it is somewhere close to where you are, if you Google it you will find it fairly easily... Just a thought!!!! Take care and be safe!! SARAH

Jason Killough on

Great pics Julian. When are you going to visit my old stomping grounds in Suriname?

Miriam on

Mushrooms! So cool! Great pics, Jules--what kind of camera are you using?
Also, I will definitely need to pack hiking boots and a poncho!!

julianstauffer on

Jason! You're old stomping grounds in Suriname may be visited in the month of May... i'm not sure exactly where my travels will be taking me... I'm taking it day by day!! I absolutely love not having a plan!

julianstauffer on

Miriam! Bring a poncho! Bring you hiking boots! Then maybe we head up into the mountains!!

Kenny on

This is super relevant to my immediate life, so in english: what else was in the pineapple empanadas? Also, come to Miami.

E ahora que hemos terminado con ese, continuaremos en espanol. Delicious = rico, El Alchemisto me aburro, y los hongos aparecen increibles. Y no hay que aprender a escribir mejor, si tienes adventuras - que debe ser facil donde estas - tendras un blog interesante sin embargo no crees que sabes escribir a uno

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