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Trip Start Oct 30, 2008
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Monday, November 17, 2008

We've spent the last week mainly going through the standard motions of patrolling at night, napping in the day with a little sunbathing and reading thrown in there, eating rice and beans at every meal.  I actually now have a stockpile of something like eight bottles of various types of hot sauces hanging in a bag in my closet, hahaha, everyone thinks its just sooo funny that I put hot sauce on every meal but I think its good and makes the rice and beans a bit more exciting. 
Thursday Megan, Linda and I went to Santa Cruz for a little shopping.  We caught the seven am bus from Ostional which is the most rickety bus I think I've ever been on.  It takes about three hours to get to Santa Cruz, which isn't actually very far away, and you get completely covered in dust from the roads during the trip.  It's definitely an experience, especially on the bus back to Ostional where you have to literally elbow your way on the bus to get a seat.  In Santa Cruz I got a hammock and a fan and some other grocery type supplies.  The fan is one of those clip on ones for my bed and after purchasing it i discovered that instead of blowing air out the front, the air blew out the sides....greeeat. I managed to fix it though by puting tape all over the back and now I've even gotten out my sleeping bag for at night, success!
Yesterday we took a day trip to Playa Guiones which is about eleven km away and is where Chris and I came last year for the wedding in January.  Me, Linda, Kate (a volunteer with our project from the states) and Sarah (another girl from the states that is working on another project at the field station) headed out around ten for the long walk and luckily caught a ride with a couple Costa Rican guys in a jeep to Nosara which is about three km from playa guiones.  Somehow the four of us fit in the back of the jeep, me and linda standing and the other two sitting, and we must have been quite a sight, i wish i had a picture of it.  After they dropped us off we started the walk to Guiones, trying to hitch another ride and after a number of pass-bys, lots of men with their wives ("Honey, don't even THINK about stopping to pick up those filthy girls!") we finally caught a ride with some American guy who was actually headed to the same hotel as we were.  We then spent the lunch hour lounging in a pool with a swim up bar sipping on tropical drinks and eating nachos with extra cheese, because we never eat cheese here at the station, so sad.  Some of the other volunteers from the station came and met up with us there and then we left and went to the beach where we could actually play in the water without worrying about turtles, rip tides, giant trees in the water etc etc and it was sooo nice.  I also saw Spencer and Emily (the couple that were married in Guiones last year and are now living there during Emily's pregnancy) and got a chance to catch up with them which was great.  After the beach we headed to some of the shops in search of a new watch for me, my four year old walmart watch bit the dust while i was doing laundry the other day, surprise surprise. Of course the surf shops were really expensive and I ended up getting a freaking ninety dollar watch which I'm not too happy about but oh well, I really need a watch to be able to time the patrols on the beach at night and my other option was waiting longer without a watch, taking the six hour round trip to Santa Cruz sometime and buying a cheap watch which probably would break on me, hahaha.  We then started hitchhiking home, first getting a ride from a half french, half el salvadorian guy named Cesar who is a chef at the Yoga institute in Nosara where he cooks using all organic free range food, we got his card and might go get a meal there one day.  After he dropped us off a little closer to ostional we started walking again, getting more people passing by and waving (no, the thumb out doesn't mean "hi" ) and then finally we heard a big grumbling behind us and saw a HUGE truck full of people coming, our first thought was that theres not going to be any room for us, until it got closer and we see our roommate Danilo hanging out over the side!  Turns out it was the whole Ostional soccer team on the way back from their game and they gave us a ride all the way back home.  It was a very good day.
Also in the last week there have been thousands of olive ridley baby turtles, "pequenas" hatching on the beach and they are very very very cute.  I feel really bad on night patrols when I'm not paying close enough attention and feel myself kick one!  Its pretty inevitable though while walking in the dark with nests erupting with babies all over the place.  And they're pretty tough little guys so I'm not too worried about it, haha. 
That is all for now!
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