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Mar 7, 2016 - The Amazing Race - Central America

It feels like so much has happened in the past 17 days. Our usual relaxed travel pace exchanged for what became the amazing race throughout Latin America. It still started with the same familiar buzz mixed with a healthy amount of anxiousness as we made our way to Sydney International Airport. I was sure by now I would be immune to the excitement and butterflies that the prospect of new adventures brings. It appears I'm not, that feeling never gets old. The short break at home made it feel as if we were starting out on our adventure all...

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Feb 20, 2016 - Day 1

We stayed in Toronto last night since we needed to get to the airport at 4:30 am. Even though we were there early it took us 2 hours to get through security and US customs. In the end our flight was delayed due to mechanical problems. Our 7:15 am flight finally took off at 8:30 am. We flew to Charlotte, North Carolina. We only had enough time to grab some fast food and eat it while our plane was boarding. When we arrived in San Jose, we had to disembark on the tarmac and take a bus to the terminal since there were no gates available for us....

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Dec 24, 2015 - Flying to Costa Rica

For the holiday season this year, Sandy and I headed to Costa Rica for an action-packed week of adventure and fun. My employer has an end-of-year holiday shut down and I didn’t want to let perfectly good vacation time go to waste. We left Raleigh early on Christmas Eve. Since the holidays are peak travel time, everything was very busy. We had to have our car valet-parked at Fast Park and Relax before heading to the airport as the parking lot was completely full. Fortunately, we made it to the airport in time and none of our flights were...

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Dec 14, 2015 - Where Trogons live ....

It's been a very fast two weeks but we have packed a ton in and the last days of our time here were no exception. And the final opportunities to experience all that the roads of Costa Rica could throw our way. I'm pleased to say that they tried their best but we had their number! Well, that would be stretching the truth. We actually had no real idea what the name or number of any road in Costa Rica really was at any time and even the GPS of our rent-a-Hyundai was stumped. Half the time it simply referred to our location as "unpaved road"....

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Nov 30, 2015 - Sleep? What an interesting concept....

Sleep? What an interesting concept.... Buenos Noches, Senors y Senoras! We have arrived in Costa Rica in good spirits and totally sleep deprived. A quick questionnaire on sleep: Q. Sleep is (choose one): a. Over-rated. You'll sleep when you're dead. b. Contra-indicated on red eye flights from Edmonton to Toronto. c. Most "fun" when seated next to a howling 1 year old named Neo (seriously - that's his name - like in The Matrix!) squirming in his mommy's arms for the 5 hours flight from Toronto to San Jose (Only Mikey gets to choose...

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Jan 6, 2015 - Santa Ana - San Jose

Arrived in San Jose, CR. Checked into Hotel Posada Canal Grande $39 overlooking city. Spent the day at the pool watching the clouds blow by and recouping from our overnight flight. Explored the local neighborhood shops and ate at the Oveja Negra (black sheep) $5 a small plate. Enjoyed a great fruit smoothie with basil and had a couple Imperial beers as the sun went down. Made a reservation tomorrow for our arrival in Los Chiles. Tried to decypher the bus routes for our 5 hr ride to the nicaraguan border manana.

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Nov 3, 2014 - Tweede week in Maximo Nivel.

Normaal had ik deze week 4 uur groepsles en 2 uur privéles, maar vermits er niemand anders Basic was hadden ze me gezegd dat ik dan in totaal 4 uur privéles zou hebben. Toen ik maandag morgen aankwam zeiden ze me dat er toch nog een Duits meisje was met niveau Basic en dat we een groepje van 2 zouden worden.'s Namiddags leerde ik Suzy kennen. Ze was blij dat ik ook uit Europa kwam en dat we samen zaten, want de nieuwe Amerikanen hadden niets tegen haar gezegd tijdens haar orientatie. We kregen een niewe leerkracht voor de groepsles en ik...

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Nov 1, 2014 - Het centrum van San Jose

Ik ga elke dag 's morgens naar school en blijf daar eigenlijk de hele dag. Ik ben vrij in de namiddag, maar probeer wat te leren en ga wat boodschappen doen. 's Avonds als ik thuiskom probeer ik wat te babbelen met de familie. Alleen Mario kan Engels. Tegen 7 pm eet ik alleen en dan ga ik naar mijn kamer. De familie eet in de zetel voor de tv. Ik ben die eerste week echt moe en zoals de anderen kruip ik om half 10 in mijn bed.Dus tegen dat het weekend is wil ik echt wel eens weg en eens iets doen. Ik had aan de mannen gevraagd waar ik iets...

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Oct 28, 2014 - Eerste dag naar school en in mijn Ticafamilie.

De volgende morgen was ik al om 6 am op, wat hier normaal is vermits het dan licht is. Ik nam met mijn Tica-mama de bus om half 8, zodat ik wist welke bus ik moest nemen tot aan de school. Toen zag ik ook voor het eerst waar ik woonde en het zicht vanuit het straatje was wel mooi met de omliggende bergen. Ik woon dus in Cedros op zo'n 15 minuten van Maximo Nivel(school). De school is in San Pedro, een buitenbuurt van San José, waar de universiteit gelegen is. Dit betekent dat er veel studenten rondlopen, er cafés en restaurantjes zijn, ......

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Apr 19, 2014 - Costa Rica - Day 9

On our way out of the hotel, on that winding dirt road, we pulled over at a place known to have a pair of nesting quetzals. We all waited, looking at the nesting hole in the tree and around the area. Enrique found the male and it flew to a vine right in front of us! I was inside the bus at the time, getting some imodium for a hurting friend and missed the opportunity! It had a bee in its beak and brought it inside the hole! I couldn't get positioned to get a picture of it there either! But Cindy, our resident professional photographer and...

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Apr 17, 2014 - Costa Rica Day 8 - Our Last Full Day

Our final full day began with a trip to the Monteverde Butterfly Garden. This butterfly garden is different from most in that it has 4 separate gardens, each representing a different Costa Rican habitat, from hot lowlands to high altitude cloud forests. It also features other less popular insects such as beetles and tarantulas! One of the most interesting is the display of an active leaf-cutter ant colony which gave us a window into a world normally hidden from view. These tiny ants have one of the most complex social structures in the...

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Apr 10, 2014 - Costa Rica - Day 1

After getting up at 2 a.m., driving to the airport in Ft. Walton Beach, changing planes in Atlanta, we finally arrived in San Jose somewhere around noon Costa Rica time. Easy flights & easy entry through customs. The Road Scholar escort was waiting for us to bring us to the Balmoral Hotel right in the middle of downtown San Jose. We got to ride with another couple who had been on the same flight with us. Had a good mid afternoon lunch in the hotel dining room & then took a walk with around in the downtown area with some others from the...

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