Head in the clouds
Trip Start Jan 04, 2010
47Trip End Dec 23, 2010
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Where I stayed
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?)
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.
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...