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Puntarenas, Costa Rica: Coffee Farms, Ox Carts and Sand Sculptures After 3 days at sea coming up from Lima, Peru we are in Puntarenas, Costa Rica in middle of Central America. We are quickly reminded that we are, once again, in the land of very hot and humid. The air feels great. Well, it turns out that we have a brand new Marcopolo bus today. It is the inaugural run and Miguel will be our driver. Both Miguel and our tour guide, Jonathan are very proud of this bus, as well they should be ;-) It has leather seats, sits 18” higher than their old buses and has, according to Miguel, a huge engine ;-) We are heading out into the mountains and countryside today. As we leave Puntarenas, we have water on both sides of ... read more
1. Coffee Beans
2. Coffee Seedings
3. Cope Drying the coffee beans

So stinking hot here today, don't remember it being this hot when we were here last. Two ships in port today, so didn't know how we would go with organising our own driver - but all went well found Francisco, a lovely local from Puntarenas - as we had been here 3 years ago and done the capital San Jose and Sarchi the craft area - we decided to do a more country and nature type tour today. Costa Rica is just so rich with wildlife -birds, crocodiles, lizards, monkeys etc - set out to see what we could find just in the wild. Saw the cutest little cappuccino monkeys. To get to see all these things we travelled along the Pan American Highway for about 30 kilometres. Huge mango, melons, cashew growing area as well ... read more

This my first entry in my blog and thought it would be a good place to start. We went to Costa Rica last month and one of the things I wanted to accomplish was to zip line. I think Costa Rica is a good place to start if you have never zip lined. We chose, or I should say I chose ,because husband wasn't wild about doing it, Monteverde in the rain forest. All the different locals have zip lining to chose from, but after some research, we chose Sky Trek. We had a family of 4 from Halifaxs and 2 young ladies from Minnesota in our group. We had 2 extremely nice guides that were very reassuring and that made the experience more "comfortable". I'm not sure husband would agree, because he has a problem ... read more

The 25th was a lovely night at sea. The next day we caught a tuna and Amanda made a nice fish pie. The 26th after my midnight watch the winds picked up to 25-30 knots. I still slept fine, but woke to help reef. My next watch I wore my foul weather gear and needed it as waves were routinely dousing the cockpit. The windvane steering is pretty cool. It's my first time with on, but uses no power and the stronger the wind, the better it works which is good because we have very little power, and lots of wind. I got a little seasick feeling yesterday. I'm using a tranderm patch since we started to help. We have been on a course that puts us out to sea a bit more that we would ... read more
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It has become crystal clear to me that we really don't understand hardship. We turn the lights on and we can see, we turn the water on and it flows and its hot, we go to the fridge and we find ice, if it's too warm we crank up the air and if it's too hot we put up the thermostat. This is what we know. That's not to say we haven't experienced difficulty in our lives, we have, its just different. Our difficulty comes in finding meaning and purpose when we have so much. And we take so much for granted. Deep thoughts for a Tuesday morning. People here seem happy, they work hard. They are very friendly and appreciate when you try to communicate with them in their language. This has been an eye ... read more

We have determined this is not a vacation we are on but an adventure. That's not a bad thing, it's just a reality. The part of this trip that is a vacation are the parks and zoos and restaurants we have visited and the part of the trip that is an adventure are the wild rides up into the mountains in the fog not knowing where we are going, no one speaks English, hot water is a luxury and everyday brings new challenges. Tonight we called a cab to go to a restaurant we had already been to, the cab driver didnt speak English but we got where we wanted to go only to find the restaurant was closed. Now what??? Somehow we communicated to him to take us somewhere good. And he did. Nice meal, ... read more

After our exciting excursion to Isla Tortuga we decided a couple of quiet days were in order! Friday found us catching up on our emails, reading, and tidying up. We hit the beach around 11:30 for a couple of hours then decided to start the walk into Montezuma where we would spend the afternoon and have our first dinner out. We began walking on the dusty road and as the dilapidated bus rounded the bend behind us, we opted to flag it down. We wandered into a few shops and then followed the road that runs parallel to the beach. Along this road was a vast array of homes, from beautiful, large casitas that were immaculately groomed, to shacks that looked like they would collapse in the wind. We continued on until we reached the turtle ... read more
Radishes not Monkey Jewels!
New Hatchlings
Preparing the Shore

Greetings from high in the mountains near a town that boasts The Best Climate in the World. It's a beautiful 80 degrees with a constant breeze off the mountains. The villa we are staying in is straight up the mountain and you would think we were completely isolated from the rest of the world but in reality we are only five minutes from the town square straight down. Costa Rica prides itself on being one of the most biologically diverse countries on the planet. Although it is barely as big as West Virgina, it has more then one million or more plant and animal species including 10 percent of the butterflies of the world and and an equal percentage of birds. By the late 1960s after decades of severe deforestation and dwindling animal populations, an appreciation ... read more

Ok we are Canadians. We know what it is like to endure intense winters but down here it is very difficult for us to reconcile how much snow there is at home and the frigid temperatures that have been gripping our area. Here everything, and anything you do, leaves you drenched in perspiration! The intense heat in Costa Rica is unlike anything we have had the pleasure of experiencing in all of our travels. You walk and sweat, eat and sweat, cook and sweat, you just sweat!! We are definitely receiving a cleansing of any and all toxins in our bodies!! Today was our day to travel to the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve that is located 2km south of Cabuya, so 5km from where we are staying! We walked down to catch the 8:20 bus which ... read more
The End of the 2.5 Hour First Leg
Let Sleeping Bats Lie
Lunch At Marvin's

We have arrived at our Villa in Atena high in the mountains southeast of San Jose. It is a beautiful place with majestic vistas in every direction. The entire living area, kitchen and living room are outside. Only the two bedrooms and bathrooms are enclosed and fully screened to keep out creatures. Our host Jay meet us in the town square and guided us up to the villa. He had fruit, wine, chocolates and everything you need for breakfast so we are prepared for our first day. In addition to our living area there are eight steps up to an outdoor patio that looks out over the entire area. I think we will spend lots of time there. We can hear the holler monkeys around us. Jay tells us not to leave fruit on the counter ... read more

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