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It‘s been 5 month since I flew to Mexico. Crossing the boarder to Costa Rica felt like coming home. Itinerary for CR: Seeing my friends again. However, Costa Rica and the Ticos had more plans – and impressed me again or maybe even more than the first time. Hunter and Silvia had invited me to a Puja (Arati) ceremony, so the first destination was Guanacaste. On the way there it was pouring rain, definitely something I haven’t missed about Costa Rica. During the ceremony we sang many mantras and ate together. I did not understand very much – the mantras were in Sanskrit and the conversation was at a very advanced level of Spanish vocabulary. Fortunately, words are not everything and it was a fascinating new experience. Later I learned that we offered the light of ... read more
Bird eye view of San José
When is rains... March 2016 vs. May 2017
Hiking along crater ridges.


25.6. Wir fahren heute nach Quepos, weiter im Süden. Die Strasse führt durch Felder und Wälder, über Hügel und durch Dörfer und schliesslich wieder der Küste entlang, die Fahrt dauert rund fünf Stunden. Die Strasse ist meistens in tadellosem Zustand, Verkehrsregeln werden von den Einheimischen allerdings meist nur als Empfehlungen angesehen, was uns bisweilen entweder zu einer Verkehrsbehinderung macht oder in Gewissenskonflikte bringt... Vor Polizeikontrollen - die erstaunlich regelmässig am Strassenrand stehen - werden wir von entgegenkommenden Autos jedoch zuverlässig mittels Lichthupen gewarnt. An die Bodenwellen, die zu Entschleunigungszwecken vor Ortschaften eingebaut sind, haben wir uns bereits gewöhnt. Sie haben uns auf der ganzen Reise durch Mittelamerika immer wieder genervt (in dichter besiedelten Gegenden führten sie zu einem unangenehmen steten Gasgeben und Ab... read more
granulierter Pfeilgiftfrosch
Sandfloh-Strand auf Isla del Caño
Einsiedler-Krebse


19.6. In strömendem Regen verladen wir unser Gepäck in den nagelneuen Pickup – wir sind die einzigen Fahrgäste - und fahren los, zur costaricanischen Grenze. Unser Fahrer, ein älterer Herr, kennt sich offenbar mit dem Fahrzeug noch nicht aus: als es lebensgefährlich wird, da er offenbar nicht weiss wie man den Scheibenwischer schneller einstellen kann und deshalb blind fährt, schreiten wir ein. So sind wir nervlich bereits etwas gereizt, als wir das Übertrittsprozedere beginnen – schlechte Voraussetzungen. Wir legen uns mit den nicaraguanischen Grenzbeamten an, da diese noch diverse undurchsichtige Gebühren verlangen für die Ausreise (bezahlen schliesslich alles, erhalten aber immerhin für jede Gebühr eine Quittung), beklagen uns lauthals über die Stunde Wartezeit in der Hitze (mittlerweile scheint wieder die Sonne) auf den Bus (den wir immerhin zum Voraus teuer bezahl... read more
Schlange auf der Strasse
Sonnenuntergang an der Playa Guiones
Halloween-Krabbe


Wow, was just skimming the net and found our old blog. 2012 was my last entry. Life moves too fast! I am not going to update on what happened that last 5 years as most of you have connected with us through Facebook or some other from of social media. What is new now? we just opened another location in Playas del Coco. This is more like an office for Brenda and a small Scubapro retail shop. why would we move just down the street? First of all it is because we needed a separate office space. Our divemaster internship program has become very popular and this makes the shop loads of fun with movement of people moving in and out but it made working a lot harder. Trying to concentrate behind a computer with all ... read more
Divemasters
Our new view
Platinum Course Director


Ok so I'm writing this a little late but the final month has been a busy one! My first stop in Costa Rica was Monteverde. I had a few connections on my way from Nicaragua and the last one involved a three hour wait for the afternoon bus. I met some German travellers and we tried hitchhiking but it didn't work so we gave up and played cards using one of our backpacks as a table. We also saw a massive iguana who looked hungry so I gave him some leftover chicken. Monteverde was a lovely place, very much geared towards tourists but it didn't feel too busy when I was there. I went to Santa Elena, Curicancha and Monteverde cloud forest reserves. They were all very beautiful and reminded me how much I love being ... read more


Not terribly sure when I made my mental ' bucket list ', but it's been cruising around for quite a while ! :) # 1 SAILING ~ the thought of flapping white sails, blue/turquoise seas, the wind in my hair, hot sun on my face................aahhhh. The dream came true last Monday. My birthday...in Costa Rica ! My husband booked us a trip on the beautiful schooner, ' Antares', based in Tamarindo. We waded out into the shallows, where the sea was as warm as bath water & climbed into a small motor boat for the short distance to Antares. We crested & crashed through large waves & a shrieking young woman clung to my right arm, as though her life depended on me. She seemed to relax a little once I started laughing, but didn't let ... read more
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On our way to Nicaragua we just spent two days in San Jose, enjoying the comfort and using the facilities of a big city, but moving on quickly because it's way too busy and way too expensive (and so tempting to spend a lot of money on comfort food and drinks).... read more
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Today, we were tasked with painting the railings and sheds of Santa Elena reserve a beautiful green colour. After applying multiple coats of paint, I found that we did an incredible job of painting the reserve a little greener. We even painted the bug shed, we washed down a couple of days earlier. While still being attacked by bugs, at the shed, I kept on telling myself “Pura Vida”. Some things never change. With the hot climate and the strenuous work we were undertaking, I started looking forward to snack time on the reserve. At first, snack time started off as an inside joke with the Mac-Serve group. We felt that we were being fed more than volunteering. But, we learned to appreciate snack time. Volunteering at the reserve was tiring and snack time provided the ... read more
Paint Job
Paint Job
Paint Job


This morning, after breakfast, the group headed over to Sky Adventures for our zip-lining adventure. Costa Rican zip-lines are known to be incredibly long and fast. They are a great way to view the beautiful Costa Rican forests from above. I’ve zip-lined in Jamaica before. However, the zip-lines in Jamaica, cannot compare to the ones in Monteverde. Zip-lining in Costa Rica was scarier but once accustomed I was able to appreciate the beauty of the cloud forest below. Like Jamaica, the last zip-line was a bungee jump. The hardest part was preparing myself to jump off the platform. I am glad, I forced myself to jump. Zip-lining was an incredible experience and I will definitely do it again. Three people from our group decided not go zip-lining. However, they did spot a quetzal while waiting for ... read more
Setting up the Trapping Camera
Zip-lining
Zip-lining


After breakfast, we met Fabian, our new trip coordinator, and then headed to the Santa Elena Reserve for volunteering. Our first task of the day was to create a gravel path for tourists to walk on. The whole morning, Renata and I hauled heavy bags of gravel up winding paths and stairs. I never realized how much work it took to build and maintain the trails. Heavy rain damages the paths and the Reserve staff are always working hard to maintain it. I definitely have gained a great appreciation of all the hard work done on the reservation. It was not all work, though. We had a lot of breaks and snacks. We also stopped to take pictures of tarantulas and cute coatis. After lunch, we were given the task to wash down a hut to ... read more
Santa Elena Reserve
Santa Elena Reserve
Santa Elena Reserve




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