Head in the clouds

Trip Start Jan 04, 2010
Trip End Dec 23, 2010

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Saturday, March 13, 2010

well - this post, most likely, will only interest my mom.  it's a lot of flowers, plants, birds and such.  so exit now if that just isn't your thing...and check back tomorrow cuz i'm planning on posting lots of pics of naked people.

 i caught a shuttle bus from san jose (capital city) to the monteverde cloud forest reserve (north-central).  the hostel here reminds me of a little shack you'd find in venice beach.  the guys running the show are excellent hosts, full of information and pretty gorgeous (although i think 2 guys are gay - so i highly encourage you to make it to costa rica Les).  and speaking of men...i need to say - the atmosphere in costa rica is fantastic as far as that's concerned.  'and that's all i got to say about that'.

i saw a concert in the amphitheater last night...outdoors, under the stars, 'bavaria' beer...with latin men who play the bagpipes (how rare is that?).  i posted that clip first in case you aren't interested in pictures of orchids and hummingbirds.  got to say - they were excellent!

this morning i signed up for a guided-tour of the reserve...and i was assigned 'maria'.  she has my dream job.  everyday ($20 per person) she walks through the cloud forest with groups of tourists...pointing out unusual facts, plants, birds, animals, etc.  all the while, carrying a telescope over her shoulder - ready to spot for your viewing pleasure.  it turns out...costa rica has more species of birds than the US and canada combined.  they also have more species of plants than throughout the entire US - including the largest orchid diversity in the world (over 500 species).  maria also mentioned (you will be happy to know dave & trey) that migrating birds from the north have returned home these past few weeks...and should be there by the last week in March.  so according to maria...'winter has come to an end'.  here in costa rica, trees don't have the rings inside the trunks.  the weather is always constant...so the dark rings of winter and the white rings of spring don't develop.  and just one more tidbit about monteverde.  it was established by quakers from alabama - believe it or not?  well, believe it...they left the US in 1952 in search of a place where they could live in peace with the environment and free from the horrors of wars.  costa rica has no standing army...'if we strive for peace, why build an army for fighting?'.  well hell...that's a good question?

alright then, a slight change of plans.  i met a spanish teacher here at the hostel who lives in quepos, manuel antonio (along the pacific coast) and he has offered to teach me spanish at an amazingly affordable price.  there are also families within his community that accommodate his students with room and board.  so i will be on a shuttle again, first thing in the morning - heading to the coast.  hopefully this home-stay will help tremendously. 

until next time...
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Renee on

I'm not a big flower girl but I must admit those are some lovely blooms. Costa Rica sounds fabulous. Just when I thought I could not be more jealous, you post something even better! With every blog I am happier and more impressed by what you've experienced. Have a great day - we love and miss you lots. I'll check in tomorrow for the naked pics...

Chickie on

Flowers power is hip, but Naked pics rule! I will check back tomorrow. Hope you are well and enjoying your adventures. Loving all the stories and connection. Can't wait for the Naked pics!

Flower lover on

Sweetie these pics are beautiful i would definetly lov to see the forest in person i hav looked at them several times today. My own garden is just coming along as Spring is around the corner and i am getting anxious bulbs and seeds are not showing anything yet but im a believer... everything else are showing new life Whoopee luv and miss u lots R mama XXX

Mel on

Vic- I love the stories and details of everything you're seeing - it's so awesome you are getting to experience this! Sometimes I daydream what it would be like to be there doing what you're doing instead of this rat-race going-to-work-to-pay -the-bills thing everyday. Maybe I will move my family down there to get away from it all!! What do you think? Ok- just daydreaming!! Love you and miss you!

Luke on

Hey Victoria! It was great meeting you in Santa Elena! I finally found my lil piece of paper with your blog address on it! Your blog is great! Good luck in all your travels & may God keep you safe! I will deffinately be checking out your blog from time to time to see what your next great adventure is :)

Ness on

Wow! How beautiful are those flowers that is my favorite flower in the world Lilly...I bet they smelled as beautiful as they are. I am so happy that you are in a good spot now. I finally can rest you had me a little worried..But I know you will be safe..I love ya,

Ness on

OH! by the way I am waiting for the Naked Pics tooo...lol..

shideh on

flowers and plants are my thing too! loved the pictures. i was in San Jose, Costa Rica for business about four years ago and been wanting to go back and see the rest of the country since then. You've inspired me!

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