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Mar 3, 2009 - First Real Day of Travel Journal - Day 2 Spanish Immersion

Today is the second day of our Spanish Immersion program. I can now conjugate the verb to be as long as I have a cheat sheet in front of me. We had class from 8am thru to noon. We now have the afternoon off to do whatever we want before Salsa class tonight at the school. Then a yoga class and maybe we will meet up with some others for a drink at a local beach bar. In there somewhere we will do a few hours of study and most important today is the day I get this travel journal set up. Today is officially one week, so all we really need to do...

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Feb 27, 2009 - Samara - Camping on Beach

I was so hot in the tent that I got up and walked the length of the beach from 7:30 to 9:30am. When I got back Jaysa was just getting up. The beach brought back memories of Phi Phi Rho in Thailand with the beautiful lagoon with little island on the left side of it. On my walk I met Gabriel an Argentinian film maker from NYC taking pictures of Pelicans. We talked a while. He asked about the book on Darwin´s childhood I was reading as he films nature movies and has a keen interest in Darwin. When we parted ways I had a few pages left to read....

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Jan 5, 2009 - Tamarindo to Samara, Costa Rica

Two nights at Tamarindo were nice but time to move on. Today we decided to head further south along the Nicoya Peninsula to Playa Samara. The atmosphere is reportedly similar to Tamarindo but on a smaller scale (and perhaps less expensive?). We left Tamarindo on a gravel/dirt road that wound its way inland from the ocean first through the coastal forest. then through the rich farmland nestled between the hills. It was a great day for riding. We did not want to extend the ride too far into the afternoon though since the temperature was...

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Jul 20, 2008 - Samara

We got the bus from San jose to Samara, and got to the ticket place in god time! some spirces say the bus leaves at 12.30, and it does not! it leaves at 12pm, and they start loading your bags at 11.30. we were also early enough to get seats. The journey was good- with a stop off too. the coach was really nice, with air con and very comfy seats. We also aquired an american, called steve who shared our room with us at the cabinas sol y mar for a few days, before heading back to chicago to continue work in the envrionmental sector (fun fun)....

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Mar 29, 2008 - San Jose - Samara - Sarchi - Grecia - San Jose

March 30 -- A great start to our trip. A bit of a delay at the airport last night getting through immigrations and customs, but arrived at our B&B by 11:00. The first couple nights we stayed at the Butterfly Inn (a 4 room B&B in Aleuja owned by an American couple). Karen and I rented a taxi and visited the La Paz waterfalls --- unbelievable with the butterfly gardens, monkey habitat and bird aviary.... and Paos volcano.... it was actually clear when we got there, lucky us, so we got to see down into the crater. March 31 - April 2 -- We...

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Costa Rica 2008

Mar 20, 2007 - Turtle research and diving in Costa Rica

Some friends and I travelled down to the west coast of Costa Rica to visit Rolf during his 3 month volunteer stint protecting Olive Rigley and Leatherback turtles from would be poachers. After volunteering for a couple of weeks I headed north to dive near the Catalina Islands on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. The diving was pretty good, with the big highlight of seeing a female humpback whale with her calf. The mother was teaching the calf how to clean its fins and tail of barnicals...check out the video, its pretty cool.

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Itchy Feet

Mar 6, 2007 - Ola Samara Beach!!!!!

We left Manual Antonio at 6:00 a.m. with the sunrising. The Gray bus picked us up and we said goodbye to our sweet little house in the jungle. Off we drove north and got to see all the country we had missed travelling down in the dark. We saw beauitful sunrisises all the way and it took six hours to arrive at Samara Beach and checked into the Hotel Geilda. Out room is great and looks over one of the pools. After lunch at Cocos and a couple of drinks we decided to walk around town and see what had changed since our last visit. Romones place...

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Feb 14, 2007 - Valentines Day In Samara!

Got here yesterday and we are staying rigth across the road from the beach. In between us and the beach is a funky beach bar with hamics called (Shake Joe's) good name. We had to enjoy there services , um ok a drink and swing in the hamic for starts I guess!

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Feb 27, 2006 - Nosara Coast - Costa Rica

On our first stop in central america. Landed in San Jose on Thursday 21'st. San Jose is an awfull kip and wasn't the safest place. Arranged transfer from the airport to the hotel never showed up so we struggled to arranged a taxi with a lunatic who drove a van held together with rust at 60 in first gear. The cabin stunk of diesel fumes but it got us there safely. We stayed in Hotel del Rincon and got a taxi to bring us to the airport for our transfer to Nicoya the next day. Sleep was scarce as we were only getting our head around the number...

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Linda and Donal 2006

Feb 17, 2006 - Ola Samara!!

Interbus leaves at 8:45 am, cab to bus at B&B 8:20 am sharp , 8:30 am dropped off, 8:32am a spanish hotel doorman tells us (no interbus here). I am concerned so flag down any interbus going threw. I am informed the bus in on the way , I am feeling better all is as planned. Great bus ride to Samara, very senic, saw large crocodials on the mud flat below the Friendship bridge, was built by the Taiwanesse as a gift for Costa Rico. (Nice) All paved and very safe ride on the bus. Brad. Rox: Arrived in Samara 2:30 pm 95 degrees, checked into...

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Jun 19, 2005 - Surfing on the Pacific

I'm now on the Pacific side of Costa Rica trying to learn how to surf. I haven't been able to get up all that many times, but according to one of the people that I'm travelling with who is a more seasoned surfer I have an utter lack of fear on my side. Then again it could just be stupidity. Who knows. So far, I've managed to have the board hit me in the ass, I've managed to do head dives into the sand and I think I have swimmers ear in both ears... oh and I've had a stomach flu for a week, but I'm still pretty content here. Ciao!

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Jan 17, 2005 - Samara/Carillo, Costa Rica

Samara and Carillo are coastal towns on the Pacific seaboard of Costa Rica, the Rich Coast that is. They are simply delightful, albeit windy like crazy. We slept in a toolshed which made lots of racket at night when the wind was strongest, and we thought the big bad wolf was blowing our house down. But we remained alive and saw some of the most bootiful beaches ever. Palm trees everywhere, white sand, and other wonderful blue watery things. There was an iguana versus dog showdown on the beach one evening, though they never really attacked...

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