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Costa Rica

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semi-overcast 25 °C

San Jose
The first thing that struck us about San Jose was the private security – everything is kept behind fences, gates and bars, and wrapped in barbed wire. It rather gives it the impression of a war zone. Given that we didn’t have much time left anyway this certainly gave us no desire to stay, so we jumped straight on a bus the next morning to La Fortuna.

La Fortuna
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Unfortunately after a long bus trip Rafa and I had an argument and he headed back to San Jose early – and that, as they say, could very well be that.
The main attractions at La Fortuna are the hot springs and an active volcano – Arenal. I did a guided walk around the base of the volcano at sunset, and spent the rest of the day soaking my sorrows in the springs.

contemplating the sunset (and a broken heart)
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The sunset that evening was breath taking...
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Monteverde
Costa Rica was proving expensive and overly ‘touristy’ – In La Fortuna and Monteverde Spanish is relegated to a second language, and the places are filled with tourists from North America. So I decided to try and make my way up to Nicaragua as quickly as possible – just taking 1 day to see the sites of Monteverde.
Monteverde itself is a community established by Quakers who left the USA during the Korean war – avoiding conscription, and attracted to Costa Rica by the offer of a country without a military. Putting aside the tourism, it’s a pretty settlement in the cloud forest. I started the day by attending a Quaker service at the local school, did a course of zip wires through the forest, took a tour on a coffee and sugar plantation and then a night walk through the forest.

zip wire!
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in the sugar plantation
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sugar - apparently a vegetable
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raw sugar
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coffee tree
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who stuck a pineapple on top of that aloe vera? And where's the pineapple tree?
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the sugar making process
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animal on the night walk
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looking up inside a huge tree, which had been killed by a parasitic vine
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real live tarantula in the wild
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Posted by Stevie_A 18.05.2011 09:32 Archived in Costa Rica

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