At my going away party with JuanCarlos, Priscilla, and their daughter Itzelth. Priscilla is my host mom’s cousin’s daughter-but in Latin America family is family. They lived next door to us, so I saw them at least once a day, and would play with Itzelth, or let her sit on my lap and draw, or desperately try to get her to put away the things she would pick up and put around the house-as 1.5 year olds are wont to do.
One of the best moments in my last few weeks was a going away party that my host mom and I organized on the last night I was with them, when Petey and I stopped there in between Sarapiquí and Cahuita. Here I am with my host mom and dad, after just a few beers/shots of guaro…
Me on a trail in Cahuita National Park, the last national park I visited during my time in Costa Rica, and one of my favorite spots in the whole country.
One of the things that I had been wanting to do for a long, long time was go on a chocolate tour. My brother and I went on one near Hone Creek in Talamanca, Limón. It’s run by an indigenous family that makes chocolate and a variety of other products all from plants they grow on their property. Here are some photos of cacao on the tree, a fresh cacao opened up, and some cacao that’s been dried, cooked, and ground.
Petey and I on the last day of his trip to see me. There were some challenges and unexpected problems, but I think for his first trip outside the US, it was a good one.
Cahuita was the last place my brother and I visited, and we had an awesome morning hike along the trail out to Punta Cahuita (the point at the tip of the tiny peninsula jutting out into the Caribbean Sea).
Me in front of the school’s shield and with Nelly, the sixth grade teacher who helped me lots with the spelling bee and was a frequent partner for deep and enriching conversations.
On our way from the coffee tour to my host family’s house, we had a chance to stop by my old site and visit my old host family’s house. My host brother, Bryan, and sister, Fany, were both able to meet my real brother and I was able to give him a tour of the place I lived for over a year.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Here’s a few pics of the awesome coffee tour that my brother and I went on in San Miguel, Sarapiquí, Costa Rica. The place is called Mi Cafecito and it was a great tour with an amazing lunch.
A view of the Costa Rican countryside as we made our way from La Fortuna to San Miguel de Sarapiquí.
To finish out my time in Costa Rica, my younger brother came and visited. It was his first trip outside the US (discounting a small trip to Canada when he was 10). After doing a zipline tour on Arenal Volcano, we headed to Rio Celeste.
A surfer takes in the sunset at Playa Flamingo, Guanacaste. A beach I probably wouldn’t have visited had my college friends not come down and visit, so glad they did!
My friends from college, Dave, Greg, Cassie, and Sally, that visited me during my second to last week in Costa Rica. At Playa Flamingo in Guanacaste, a truly gorgeous beach.