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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

August 22nd, 2008

Puerto Viejo

After I spent another night (alone) in San Jose in a very cheap and sketchy area I went to the very south-east of Costa Rica, close to the border to Panama. At 10am my bus left and after four hours I arrived at this popular beach place. I was told that it has the whitest beaches you could imagine. I tried to find them, but I was a bit disappointed at first.

Departing and going to Volcano Arenal

August 20th, 2008

Vulcan Arenal

After one month of WWOOFing in Providencia it was time for the real traveling. Claire could join me for that weekend, but she had to be back on Sunday already. We found someone, who would drive us again to Santa Maria, from where we took a bus to Cartago, which once was the capital of Costa Rica. We didn’t have much information about this city and when we arrived we were kind of lost. No map, no orientation and no plan where to stay at. The latter one is not exactly true, because the Lonely Planet offered us an address. When we were asking around where we could find this hotel, we were told that it’s in a bad area and we should take another one. Someone recommended us one and even brought us all the way to the hotel.

Trip to Dominical and Uvita

August 18th, 2008

Beach Uvita

While we were busy from Monday to Friday with working on the farm and at the school, we only had the weekends left to explore Costa Rica. Sometimes we didn’t even have the weekend off, since there was an extra English class given by Robby. But Robby left Costa Rica and this community unexpectedly, that’s why we felt obliged to continue this class. However we were also glad to use a weekend just to relax and to check out the nearby surrounding, because it’s quite a hassle to get out of Providencia. But one Friday we left for San Isidro (sorry kids, no school) the second biggest city in Costa Rica, which is situated in the south.

Back to school

August 16th, 2008

Going to school

In my last post I told you what kind of work we had to do. We worked from 7 to 10am had lunch at eleven and left the house a few minutes later so that we could get on time to our other duty … to teach children the English language. First I thought it only applied to Claire, since it also would have been a good practice for her job in France she would start soon. But so I was also involved in it and got new experiences.

Working on the farm

July 31st, 2008


After my last description of the people we stayed with, I now wanna tell you how the life and especially the work on the farm was. We felt the need to work, since we were offered an accommodation and were served with delicious food. So as an exchange for this we were prepared to work.

The family and the farm

July 29th, 2008

Idyllic world

When we arrived at the farm while it already had been dark, the small part of the family, that consisted of Noire, Orlando and Dario, welcomed us. Dario, five years old, immediately was becoming eager and wore a big smile and talked endlessly. His parents served us meanwhile with great food and we had some small talk in Spanish.

While Claire quickly found the way back how to speak Spanish, I waited for a translation most of the time. Still, my Spanish is bad and I know it’s my fault, since I had enough time to learn it, but however I understood more than the last time, when I was in Spain.

Costa Rica – The Arrival

July 25th, 2008


After a long ride by car we got to Los Angeles on time, where our plane to Costa Rica would leave, and even had some time to pay a visit to a couchsurfing friend. That visit became indeed very interesting!