Costa Rica 2011 Spring Travel Journals And Articles

  • Interview in San Luis Abajo

    perryma191

    by: perryma191

    created on: Apr 28, 2011 | Rural Areas, Costa Rica

    I walked a good forty-five minutes down the dusty, unpaved road to San Luis Abajo: past the school painted with rainforest mural, past the church behind iron fence, and past those huge-eared Brahman cows by the municipal water installation.  I finally got to the house of Don Guillermo*, where we had an interview scheduled for the morning.  As I walked up the street, the kids--5 or 6 ranging in ages …

  • Closing Reflection

    MelissaWinchell

    by: MelissaWinchell

    created on: Apr 27, 2011 | Monteverde, Costa Rica

    It has been a wild adventure in Costa Rica and now it's time to move on to the next experience. I have had an incredible time with the people I have met and the places I have seen. I want to remember everything exactly and I'm not sure how I can do that. I've kept a journal during this time that I will enjoy reading back on. I remember being …

  • Semana Santa--Does the Easter Bunny Exist in San Luis?

    MelissaWinchell

    by: MelissaWinchell

    created on: Apr 27, 2011 | Monteverde, Costa Rica

    So it was Easter last weekend. It was really hard not to be home with family for it. Though at home we don't really DO anything, it's more about visiting with relatives and catching up. I'm a bit homesick I guess... I had never experienced Holy Week before. All week my family didn't work. Paola was home for the week as well. It was so much fun having her around. Since …

  • Mountain Adventure and Hippies

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    MelissaWinchell

    by: MelissaWinchell

    created on: Apr 27, 2011 | Monteverde, Costa Rica

    Last weekend was incredible. The Vargas' took me on a mountain hike. For all my time here I have been engaging in a staring contest with the mountain range in front of my house. Finally, I was being given the opportunity to explore this wild terrain, with a guide! Noe's family grew up in the mountains and many of his family members had lived up there for a number of years …

  • Hog Wash at the Cheese Factory

    MelissaWinchell

    by: MelissaWinchell

    created on: Apr 27, 2011 | Monteverde, Costa Rica

    Finding a topic for my Social Justice research project was exceedingly difficult. A goal for myself this semester that originated from my time at Findhorn has been to find project topics that will impact the community positively in one dimension or another. At Findhorn I held a women’s circle for my group and faculty. For my Tropical Ecology course I continued to collect data on Euglossini bee diversity in San …

  • Catarata y Gallo

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    MelissaWinchell

    by: MelissaWinchell

    created on: Apr 26, 2011 | Monteverde, Costa Rica

    A weekend in San Luis varies greatly. You can hang out with fellow Living Routers who mostly live 20 minutes away, you can hole in and do work, you can go adventuring in the nearby woods, or you can bond with the family. One of my favorite weekends involved most of these. After a long week of various assignments, I was finally going to have a restful weekend. We decided, as …

  • Musica y labora

    perryma191

    by: perryma191

    created on: Apr 26, 2011 | Afghanistan

    Two Thursdays ago, our group helped DP on his farm for the second time.  We were scheduled to meet at 7:00am.  I showed up a little early, and walked solo to the house DP and V.  "Upe!" I yelled to announce my presense.  V came to the door, we exchanged greetings, and I tried to explain in Spanish, "I am here with Ernestos group again, we …

  • Musica y labor

    perryma191

    by: perryma191

    created on: Mar 10, 2011 | Monteverde, Costa Rica

    The field notes presented were written on 2-28-11, but the events described occurred 2-19-11. Two Thursdays ago, our group helped DP on his farm for the second time.  We were scheduled to meet at 7:00am.  I showed up a little early, and walked solo to the house DP and V.  "Upe!" I yelled to announce my presense.  V came to the door, we exchanged greetings, and I tried to explain in …

  • Playa Conchal

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    FranLindau

    by: FranLindau

    created on: Apr 12, 2011 | Monteverde, Costa Rica

    It’s been a beautiful and academically challenging semester. Suddenly discovering that we had a free weekend as a group, and with some clever, diligent coordination by our Spanish professor Cristina, we took off for a beach on the Pacific. After a hot, long drive in which virtually everything went wrong,  we arrived in a small beach town close to one of the heavily developed resort areas. This area, though, remained …

  • My, oh my what a month this has been!

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    melginther

    by: melginther

    created on: Mar 10, 2011 | Monteverde, Costa Rica

    Exactly 30 days ago I was eagerly anticipating my morning departure to Findhorn, my stomach bubbling with nerves and excitement.  This evening, I find myself not in Scotland, but Costa Rica, due to an unforeseen turn of events that only until recently have I been able to wrap my mind around.  It’s easy to mull over the dear friends I could have made, the activities I may have partaken in, …