Monteverde and Monkeys!

Trip Start Aug 20, 2011
Trip End Dec 29, 2011

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Friday, November 18, 2011

After all of the adrenaline of the zip-lining in Monteverde, I settled in for a fairly quiet final week of Spanish classes. The school here is excellent – best yet – and my teacher is a slightly mad guy called Carlos Luiz who fancies himself as a bit of a philosopher. We've had conversational classes on everything from Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and whether humans are really descended from the same common ancestor as the mental capuchin monkey (more on them later), to the "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day …" proverb. Needless to say my esoteric Spanish wasn’t quite equipped for that, but it made for amusing classes anyway :-)

The capuchin monkeys are mad little things. My hotel had a resident group of them who would pass through a few times a day, and always for breakfast since it seemed to be included for them too! Real little scrapers, and if man or monkey got between them and whatever they were after, it was on for young and old …

I did make it up to the Monteverde Reserve to see the cloud forest properly too. Really very beautiful, although that darned elusive quetzal remained, well, elusive!!

So, a quiet week in the mountains, to be followed by a few days of chilling on the Caribbean coast before the hectic tour schedule starts again in earnest come next Saturday. Not sure how I’ll cope!


PS. Congratulations to Jo and Andy (who will understandably probably not read this!) on the safe arrival of little Samuel this week. Jo, you are amazing!! xx
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