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Feb 8, 2018 - Freshly Made Chocolate; Wow
Today we stayed close to home, where we were treated to a demonstration on chocolate making. From the fruit of the tree, to extracting the beans, which are toasted over an open fire. We both got blisters on our thumbs from trying to get the skin off of the beans. (I think that we have no future as chocolate factory workers.) Next the beans are ground in a sort of coffee grinder, mixed with sugar, a bit of cinnamon and powdered milk. The aroma was amazing!!. Plus we got to sample! I saw some beautiful birds and will add photos. Tomorrow we...Jump to full entry
Feb 7, 2018 - Hiking the Rio Celeste
Today we finally got into the jungle! We were dropped off at the entrance to the National Park here, hired a very pleasant (and thankfully English speaking; my brain is beginning to hurt) guide named Christian. The short story is that we then hiked a few miles in to see this amazing aquamarine river, waterfalls, pools, jungle and a few animals. Lots of tracks from the local tapirs, but no sightings, which is probably okay as that would likely freak me out; they are big! The river is beautiful; a lovely soft blue which I will let Barb tell...Jump to full entry
Feb 6, 2018 - Bijagua; and where is our Spanish interpretor???
We left Liberia today via a very packed, standing room only bus with 1000 (so it seemed) of our very close companions. The journey was only 1 1/2 hours or so, and we arrived in Bijagua; which is closer to the volcanos and much more green and lush. We were picked up by Victor, who drove us down a rather scary road; dodging trucks, road workers, and large cement things. Apparently they are improving the road, but now it seems to consist of mud, rocks and enormous potholes. I am so glad that I am not driving. Anyway, we arrived at our...Jump to full entry