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This morning we took a shuttle bus from the Riu to Playa Coco. We had the option of taking a boat shuttle which would cost $20 round trip and take 15 min or the bus which was $15 round trip and took 30 min. We decided to take the bus because the first availability for the boat was not until 1pm as the boat only seats 8 people. We later found out the bus was the better option anyway because the boat passengers are let out a few feet off the beach in the water, as there is not a dock. The buses run every 2 hours and are very punctual. We took the 11:00 bus, the drop off/pick up spot for our shuttle was in front of Souvenir Sussy. We walked down Coco beach. It ... read more


A few days spent madly working away at data entry! Maricela and I spent 2 full days inputting their data into their new system, and she spent a third while I worked on other parts of the system and made plans for the upcoming week. But we’re making some serious progress. Much of the data is in the system, I’ve already customized several reports for them, and they’re excited about having financial information so easily available. On Wednesday, I joined the rest of the team for dinner - a vegetarian feast that was very yummy! And tonight (Friday), we went down to the bar/restaurant in the village for a few hours, a great local hangout spot and a chance to get to know everyone better. Now I get a 3 day weekend and will be travelling ... read more
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Left on Southwest at 8:30 this morning from Dallas love. We were a little nervous Because my passport expires in less than 90 days. Often airlines won’t let you fly if it expires too soon. The person who checked it at love Field had to ask a supervisor. He came back and said it was OK and put a big red stamp on all of our boarding passes. A short layover in Houston and we were on our way to Costa Rica. Diana was still worried that they wouldn’t let me in to Costa Rica, but I figured since were arty there they probably would. Luckily I was right. We had pre-arranged for a private driver to pick us up at the airport in Liberia and take us to our hotel, the RIU Guanacaste. The ... read more


Ah Costa Rica, definitively my best place in tropical Americas!! Political stability, lots of national parks that you can visit on your own, many animals ... a paradise for animal's lover! Guanacaste region is the driest of the country ..... in dry season. It looks like end of fall in temperate regions except that it's scorching hot! But good things is that animals are easier to spot and that sky is always blue. I stayed in Playa Hermosa Condovac. Views of the bay are superb. The beach is long and part of it is wild. From my balcony, I can see howler monkeys, coatis and parrots almost every morning! Check coatis on my balcony: I show you a couple of pictures of the surroundings. I then go to explore the region.... read more
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Birds spotted today: caught a glimpse of a squirrel cuckoo, lots of cinnamon hummingbirds! and the troupe of howler monkeys was back again :) After some discussion between the Ara admin and me, we decided to proceed with setting them on the Xero accounting package. We spent the rest of the morning working out what format their account structure and reporting would look like, and then spent the afternoon creating the backbone within Xero. Tomorrow we can start with actually inputting real data and some accounting training for their staff. Looking forward to a team dinner tomorrow with everyone at Ara!... read more


Birds spotted today: blue-crowned motmot, cinnamon hummingbirds, white-throated magpie-jay, more macaws, plus: geckos, an iguana, and howler monkeys! My day started off with some early visitors - Sam (head of the Ara Project) and two of his team members came knocking on my door first thing - glad I was already up and eating breakfast and not still in bed! I finished up getting ready to go and then drove over to the Ara site to get started. Spent my morning learning all about the history and inner workings of the project, and the afternoon looking at their record keeping. I was then able to join in on one of their daily tours, joining some tourists in learning about scarlet macaws, great green macaws, and the work of the Ara Project in helping these two bird ... read more
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Birds seen today: boat-billed flycatcher, scarlet macaws, pelican, turquoise-browed motmot After a sleep-in, I unpacked into my new home. Saw my first bird of the day out my bedroom window, a boat-billed flycatcher (followed by some local chickens!). After a little stroll through the village, I decided to take a drive and started out at Punta Islita’s beach, where I waded in the Pacific. The heat is much more bearable when you have the water and the wind coming off the waves! The coast here is very dramatic - more mountainous and less beachy. As I walked along the beach, I heard the familiar parrot screech and looked up to see 3 scarlet macaws in the treetops. Loud rumbling thunder brought in some heavy rains, so I continued my drive back over the roads from the ... read more
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Arrived in Toronto before midnight and spent 4-5 hours trying to sleep in the departures / ticketing area, while not falling too asleep to guard my suitcases! (Read: no real sleep!) Finally around 4:30am, I checked to see if I could re-check my suitcase and was glad to offload it :) After wasting a few more hours, my plane finally took off for Costa Rica around 9:00am. Very glad for my exit row seat and my neighbour who decided to sit elsewhere with her friends, leaving a middle empty seat. (Read: an entire 5 hour flight to sleep!) We touched down in San Jose around 12:00pm local time, and I will never tire of the view as you fly over and land in Costa Rica - mountains, jungles, green! The heat and humidity hit you nearly ... read more
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On Monday, May 7h, Rebecka and I got up at 5AM to take the 6AM bus from San José to Puerto Viejo. I was super tired, because we had been drinking with Rick and Clark until 1AM and this would not be a good day. Well, I’m not 20 anymore... ^_^The bus ride was ok, but I couldn’t sleep at all, so the 5h were quite long. We arrived to Puerto Viejo pretty early and went straight to our hostel, the Oasis hostel. We relaxed on the hammocks until we could check in at 11:30AM and then went to get lunch. It took us quite some time to find a nice place where Rebecka could find some vegan food as well. It was quite good, but nothing special. I spent the afternoon on the beach, just ... read more
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Montag, den 7. Mai, standen Rebecka und ich um 5h auf um den 6h Bus von San José nach Puerto Viejo zu nehmen. Ich war totmüde, denn wir hatten die Nacht bis 1h morgens mit Rick und Clark Bier getrunken und ich spürte, dass das kein guter Tag werden würde. Man ist halt keine 20 mehr... ^_^ Die Busfahrt war ganz ok, aber ich konnte überhaupt nicht schlafen, deshalb waren die 5 Stunden ziemlich lang. Wir kamen ziemlich früh in Puerto Viejo an und sind sofort zu unserem Hostel gegangen. Wir haben in den Hammocks gechillt bis wir um halb 12 endlich einchecken konnten und sind dann zu Mittag essen gegangen. Wir haben relativ lange gebraucht ein nettes Restaurant zu finden wo Rebecka auch veganes Essen fand. Es war ganz gut, aber nichts besonderes. Ich hab ... read more
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