Published: June 4th 2009June 4th 2009
A photo from the back of the boat taxi that took us from Cano Blanco to Parismina
We thought we would make it o Siquirres in time for the 12:30 pm bus and we nearly did but it seems that the bus to Cano Blanco left at 12 noon and so we had a delay in getting to Cano Blanco. In incredible heat we ate a casado in Siquirres and sat at the bus station for nearly 3 hours. There was lots to see if you are into people watching and we had stuff to read. This would have been okay if not for the extreme heat. We could see clouds welling up but never got rain. When we finally boarded our bus and the bus started moving we got some relief from the breeze. We went thtough many small villages and lots of banana plantations. I noticed a Del Monte plant not far from Siquirres. We have entered the province of Limon which covers all of the caribbean coast.
The buses to and from Cano Blanco would be impossible to to keep maintained since the roads are not paved and very dusty. We and our luggage were covered with dust after the ride. Lots of people were carrying large bags of animal feed and large bags
The boat ride to the island is only 10 minutes. Every one must take it unless they have a boat of their own. Most don't have a boat and no one drives a car on the island.
of fruit and vegetables. Also there are always babies and small children on the bus and they are often interested in us. We began talking with a little girl in the seat in front of us and her name was Hilary. She said hello and a few other words in English to us. Then her mother asked us where we were from in Spanish and English. We talked a little about where we were going and then later Hillary gave me a small piece of paper that said in English "Welcome home, Costa Rica" with a heart drawn on it. She also gave Tim a paper that "Hello Germany, Welcome to Costa Rica". She was cute and we asked her if she knew a famous woman named Hillary from the United States, Hillary Clinton. She was quiet for a while and then popped up again and said, yes I know Hillary Clinton. There were others that we waved to and waved to us, we had kisses blown to us and tongues stuck out and just some kids looking at us.
Finally we arrived at the boat dock and loaded a small passenger boat for Parisimina which was about a
Here is our family house in Parismina. Tim says that we got to live in the nicest house on the island, which I think is right.
10 minute ride down the Parismina River. We got off the boat and asked someone how to find Vicky who ran the turtle organization. We only walked a short distance and she met us and took us back to the ASTOP kiosk. She told us that she came to Costa Rica 30 years ago as a nurse in the Peace Corp and hasn't left. She spoke to us about the program and then took us to our family in the village.
We are staying with Teresa and Melvin who have 3 children who are all grown up or away at school. Melvin is a fishing guide and works for the Rio Parismina Hotel. Melvin speaks English well but Teresa only speaks Spanish. We didn't have much time to talk with them before we were supposed to be at a 6 pm introduction talk on turtles. Tim decided that he would take a night shift tonight with the guide and I knew that I needed to sleep before attempting a 4 hour night walk on the beach with the guides. So after a brief introduction we went back to the house for spaghetti and then it was time to walk Tim to the guides to begin the 8pm - 12am shift. I went back to the house with the family and we talked for a bit and then everyone headed to bed at 9 pm. I had a cold water shower, which I totally appreciated and was in bed reading at 9pm and turned lights out at 10pm. At about 11;30pm I heard the dogs barking outside but I never heard Tim come in.