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Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Puntarenas December 31st 2015

Today is the last day of the year!! I still can't believe I'm spending it here in Costa Rica haha. My host parents were off from work today because it's the holidays so I didn't have to go to their soda to grab breakfast. Instead, I woke up to some yummy gallo pinto, huevos, and pan with cafe con leche on the side at home. After eating, I went to class (sucks that I have class on New Year's Eve lol that's a first). During class, my professor told us about our weekend field trip to Curú. So exciting! :) We'll be visiting different ecosystems and habitats. Afterwards, we watched a documentary called The Cove. It was about the slaughtering of dolphins in Japan. And about how the performer on the world's first ever dolphin TV ... read more
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Woke up to a fabulous cooked breakfast at Cafe Rico, preceded by a bowl of fresh exotic fruit from the garden. Could this be the best breakfast in Puerto Viejo? We think so and there is no hint of bias even though it is run by our extended family Roger and Lisa with help from Ruth. After weeks of rain, Puerto Viejo now is sunny, hot and humid and we have spent the day ambling around this lovely Caribbean village. Malcolm wins award for adventure by hiring a bike for the afternoon. A quick guided tour. Of Ruthies new place then dinner at Stashu's with Roger, Lisa and Ruthie to the accompaniment of a tropical rain storm outside! The lifestyle is easy and relaxed, no hurry here. Tourism is an important income, everyone has at least ... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Puntarenas December 30th 2015

I did my usual routine today. Wake up, get ready, head to la soda and grab breakfast with Kaitlyn. Afterwards, it was time for class. I volunteered to present my paper first. Better to get it over with and I won't have to sit through other people's and get nervous haha. I'm proud of myself. I actually wasn't nervous and barely stuttered. Really thought I would since my classmates are still new to me. I guess you eventually overcome stage fright as you keep practicing and performing it (y). After the presentation, we went to the beach to wait for our boat to take us out to the shore. Of course, it was another super super hot and humid day. Dying from heat...x.X When we all filed in, we were required to wear life jackets. The ... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Puntarenas December 29th 2015

Today is Tuesday, our second day of class. Since this is a fast three-week course or as my professor likes to say "marathonic course," we have assignments due every week. Our first assignment if to write a one page paper on a successful marine conservation project in the tropics and then present it. I'm scheduled to present tomorrow with one half of the class meanwhile the other half present on Thursday. Booo but oh well I'll get it over with at least. My professor surprised us with a dolphin-watching field trip at the ocean by our beach tomorrow. And today we are taking a walk down the beach by the pier where cruise ships dock. There were so many souvenir shops and food stands. So fascinating! I'm really enjoying this class already :) Today's topic was ... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Puntarenas December 28th 2015

First day of classes today! I am taking Intro to Tropical Marine Biology. I am super excited to finally take a Marine Bio class. Bad thing is that it is at 8AM - 11AM and 2PM - 3PM everyday... except we don't have the afternoon session on Fridays. My teacher is pretty chill. It's kinda crazy how much he looks like my electric fish lab professor. Same eyes and similar beard and they both have a similar sense of humor. He modified the syllabus to a much simpler one and we spent majority of the class time talking about watching videos about ocean currents and sponges. When 11AM came, I took a long walk with a few USAC students to buy some towels. We were drenched in our sweat...it was very nasty and humid out. Afterwards, ... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Puntarenas December 27th 2015

I woke up around 10AM with a light sweat. The air was quite stuffy. It took me a while but I finally got ready. I took out the box of chocolates and photo album of NYC pictures in which I was planning to give my host family as a gift. When I stepped into the kitchen and dining room, there was a plate of food waiting for me already. It consisted of rice and beans, also known as gallo pinto, eggs. sausage, and bread & butter. There was also a cup of coffee with milk. It was so delicious. Costa Rica is known for their coffee. It has this natural richness to it that you really probably don't need to add any additional sugar or creamer in it. As I'm eating, I told them in broken ... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Puntarenas December 26th 2015

It was such a long and exhausting day of traveling from NYC to Panama. I was kinda excited to land in Panama for a 5 hour layover. I've never been to Central America before! It was definitely fun exploring the airport. Right when I got off the plane, it was blazing hot. People were literally stripping off their clothes when they stepped off. The airport was cute; it was decorated with Christmas trees, gingerbread men, and snowmen. How ironic lol. I must say it felt great taking my first flight alone. Felt so independent, but it was definitely annoying always carrying my bags to the bathroom. I spent $12 on a small sandwich and water..go figure. But that's alright. It was hot and it hit the spot. It was an hour before boarding time. Since I ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Haiti » Port-au-Prince December 24th 2015

Photos Haiti septembre à décembre 2015... read more
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Christmas Blog Letter - 2015 December 21, 2015 Dear Friends and Family, This has been a difficult letter for me to write as I review the past year’s events; for those who may not know, John passed away on May 4 of metastatic prostate cancer, peacefully at home according to his wishes. We were blessed to have had fifty years of wonderful adventures together raising two amazing children who have given us three amazing grandchildren: Erika and Jose’s son Daniel is ten and live in Austin, TX and Matt and Megan live in Antigua, Guatemala with Lorelai Pearl (Lola, age 3 3/4) and Cash (age two). Last year’s letter ended by saying we were leaving for Chile and Antarctica shortly and indeed, we did just that. We spent six days on our own in the Lake ... read more


Christmas Blog Letter - 2015 December 21, 2015 Dear Friends and Family, This has been a difficult letter for me to write as I review the past year’s events; for those who may not know, John passed away on May 4 of metastatic prostate cancer, peacefully at home according to his wishes. We were blessed to have had fifty years of wonderful adventures together raising two amazing children who have given us three amazing grandchildren: Erika and her ten-year-old son Daniel live in Austin, TX and Matt and Megan live in Antigua, Guatemala with their kids Lorelai Pearl (Lola, age 3 3/4) and Cash (age two). Last year’s letter ended by saying we were leaving for Chile and Antarctica shortly and indeed, we did just that. We spent six days on our own in the Lake ... read more
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