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Dec 12, 2004 - San José, Costa Rica...Paperwork prior Placement!

Woke up feeling very happy and excited... My voluntary work placement is finally about to start, and I couldn´t wait to find out all about what I will be doing for the next three months! Something I had dreamed and planned for such a long time, it felt kind of surreal. Very impressivly made it to the OTEC office on time, and without getting lost -the laidback Latin American culture obviously had no effect on my punctuality! :p Finally met Alejandro Lopez, my program co-ordinator who I have been coresponding with since March. It was like...

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Yat's Big Trip

Nov 19, 2004 - San Jose - EARTHQUAKE!!

My very first earthquake and it scared the crap out of me. Fortunately I am fine as is most of San Jose. 2am I wake to the sensation of the earth moving, both literally and violently. I can't tell you how long it went on for as I was somewhere between asleep and awake, but all I could see in the dorm room was the skylight and I realised that the whole bloody place was moving. As I rapidly regained consciousness, the thought somewhere entered my mind, "it's a bloody earthquake!" Next moment as I realised the roof was shaking violently I...

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Oct 2, 2004 - River Rafting auf dem Rio Pacuare

Diesen Bericht bin ich euch noch schuldig. Bereits an meinem zweiten Tag in Costa Rica unternahmen wir (die Teilnehmer des Preprograms) eine Riverrafting-Tour. Sie fuehrte uns an die Karibikseite zum Fluss Paquera. Wir fuhren mit unserem Schlauchboot und dem costaricanischen Guide Danny auf ca. 1600m Hoehe. Nach einer ausfuehrlichen Sicherheitsinstruktion ging's los. Insgesamt legten wir in zwei mal zwei Stunden gut 35 Kilometer und 800 Hoehenmeter zurueck. Mit diesen Zahlen ist schon ausgedrueckt, dass die Post ziemlich abging....

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Oct 1, 2004 - Mein erstes Ziel in Costa Rica: San Jose

In San Jose habe ich eine dreitägige kulturelle Einführung für Costa Rica genossen. Am Programm noch teilgenommen haben Mandy aus Toronto, McKenzie aus Santa Cruz (Kalifornien) und "Don" Jovi - huebsche Uebernamen, nicht wahr? Am Freitag gab's eine Stadtbesichtigung mit dem nationalen Naturmuseum, dem nationalen Theater und dem nationalen Zoo. Mit diesen Institutionen will San Jose sicherstellen, dass sie auch die Hauptstadt bleibt. Am Samstag folgte eine phantastische River Rafting Tour. Bilder und Infos dazu folgen. Unsere Wege trennen...

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Aug 17, 2004 - Back to San Jose

Kevin: So I carry a lot of books around (see picture). Books are quite valuable on the road, because new ones (esp. English language) cost a fortune, so I hate to get rid of them without getting anything in return. Happily for both Ellen and my pack, San Jose has an excellent used book store (best I have seen in CA) called Mora Books, where I exchanged books and brought the pile to a more manageable level.

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Jul 23, 2004 - San Jose, Costa Rica

Stayed last night in Havana in a district outside the centre which was more residential. The house we stayed in was a deluxe apartment overlooking the city and the sea. Customs leaving Cuba were intimidating as long stares and strange questions. Now in San Jose planning our next 18 days. Very cosmopolitan city with more comfortable temperature, good food and shops!

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Jul 15, 2004 - San Jose

A lot of people don´t like this city, but to me it is ok even though I got lost severl times. I wish all towns and cities used the grid system. I have spent a bit of time here shopping and wandering about. I even managed to get to a cinema. I thoroughly enjoyed that little luxury. San Jose definately has an american feel to it. It i s a vast change from all the other central american cities I have been to so far. The hostal is great and I get free internet and phone calls to the US.

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Jul 3, 2004 - Costa Rica

Joining a group of about twenty travelers of all ages and nationalities, a mini United Nations set off on a two week loop around Costa Rica. Leaving from San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, we headed to the Northwest coast. Our days in Playa Panama consisted of waking to the eerie cries of howling monkeys, hiking among the dry tropical rainforest for hours to reach a refreshing waterfall and swimming hole, and nights included marangue, samba, and salsaing with locals in an impromptu dance class. As this tour was touted as an adventure...

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Central America 2004

Jun 28, 2004 - Volcan Arenal

When I arrived the volcano ws covered in cloud without much hope of seeing anything. I decided to take a guided jungle tour up the side of the volcano. We saw a sloth, many monkeys and toucans- more than anyhere else so far. Our guide was a bit crazy and oculd make every animal noise you could think of. I think he was trying to get the Howler monkey to actually come dowm out of their trees and mate with him. We even found some nests with baby birds in it. We were ver careful not to touch it and get the mother to reject them. After our hike...

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May 26, 2004 - San Jose, Costa Rica

Arrival in San Jose to start the trip proper. COSTA RICA background: - 27% of country is protected, and country is 50,000 sq. kms in area - population of 3.7m in 1999 - 1 of safest countried in the world to travel, and don't have armed forces - Central America became independent of Spain in 1821 - more than 850 species of bird - currency is Colones. 1US $ = 430 colones TS - Nice city in the day, people really friendly. Night a bit dodgy though so stayed in and watched cable. San Jose was a central point for us to keep travelling through so...

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Feb 16, 2004 - ouepos

February 14, 2004 Quepos So much has happened, and it has been so hard to find a connection for this laptop. There are internet sites everywhere, but no one wants to let us connect with our own machine. We stopped in Punteranous for one night and the kids and Nathan went to the fiesta there. I stayed and wrote about the previous places before I forget. It was not a very nice looking place and the weather is definitely more humid. We like the weather so far. The next morning we got up and hit the road and ended up in Jaco. The roads have...

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R&R Costa Rica Style

Jul 25, 2003 - Costa Rica (text)

14 JUL -- 25 JUL Some Context . . . We designed our itinerary to gradually increase the difficulty of our journey - we expect language and cultural differences will render Vietnam harder to navigate than Chile, for example. Central/South America was thus the natural first stop: Helen and I speak passable Spanish (although not Portuguese); several cities we will visit have a European flavor, particularly Buenos Aires; and we think the intermingling of Spanish- and English-speaking immigrants in the United States may have fostered in us some...

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