The gato ate my pescado!!

It´s time for a short random post, don´t you think? Here´s a funny story, bitter sweet I would say! Ohhh!! I miss food!! Food and Hot Showers are my two most favourite things in the world. And I am desperately craving both… Yesterday I thought I had the best luck, until the gato ate my…

What makes it worth the effort!

I am reminded of a poem (?) that growing up my Dad would ‘recite’ to us like a broken record…Corny and funny sounding even to my ESL ear, but bare with me, I promise you there’s an incredible lesson in it. A lesson I don’t think I’ve fully grasped yet to this day! “Standing at…

Midweek Surprise Break!

Megan and I came to Upala today for a surprise mid week escape (just kidding). We are here to purchase some materials for the conferences we´re hostimg – one on sexual health, one on environment and we´ve added one on nutrition and safe food handling. As I put on my facebook update, we´re almost half…

Survivor Burger!

I’m in a little town called La Fortuna near the Volcan Arenal. My group and I decided to take a weekend off and just have a fun, relaxing break. We needed it. Our second week in the community to me felt more of a struggle for my mind and body. On Sunday afternoon, one of…

Living la vida loca y bonita

What´s common in velocoraptor coyote, breakfast Mr. Bean style, 50 kilo bags of cement and beauty pageant? It all happened in less than one week in to my project! I’m living in a small town called Los Jazmines with a wonderful host family. My host mom is Gladys, host Dad Marco, host sister Irene (I…

iPura vida!

I’ll let my pictures do most of the talking for this blog as my words won’t do this experience justice. I can not believe how quickly the last few days flew by, it’s like a dream. Some highlights were: My trip to magnificent Volcan Poas and being lucky enough to be among the 60% of…

Hola from San Jose!

I’m safe and sound in San Jose. First of all, I must say thank you! I wish I could individually thank every one who’s been so amazing, encouraging and supportive of this adventure for the last however long you’ve known. I feel so loved and I can’t thank you enough. Just please know that I…

How Cool! My Project Location Changed!

Black sand beach – Costa Rica Originally uploaded by PBGalerie Okay – don’t freak out…. I am so surprised I thought this was a joke at first. My project location changed!! And dare I say I looooooooooove this new project! HOW COOL! Hopefully this is it…LOL. New project description below: Community – Los Jazmines Population…

Toast with that?

I did a Toastmaster speech about my upcoming trip to Costa Rica. Here it is, uploaded for your viewing pleasure… come to think of it, maybe I should have taped it…or maybe not! **************************************9 Weeks***************************************** I was minding my business at work when it hit me. Are you wondering what hit me? Earlier that morning…….

Pretty Blue Birdy and Why I am doing this…

Male Resplendent Quetzal Originally uploaded by kojo_46 You must check out Costa Rica in Flickr Explore.. The pictures are breathtaking! I’ll post some from time to time – with proper credits to the photographers ofcourse.  Please pardon my mistakes on this end, still learning how..Today’s photograph is a beautiful blue male Resplendent Quetzal. Enjoy. Many…

Proscrastination @ the Peak of my Preparation!

I can’t believe 3 weeks from today I will be off to Costa Rica – a trip I planned a year ago, and dreamed of many moons ago! Oh how time flies!! So I am in the final few weeks of preparation, and my Spanish is….er… not good enough for me to translate the words…

To all girlfriends past, present and future

I received this from a dear colleague. Had to share… When I was little, I used to believe in the concept of one best friend, And then I started to become a woman. And then I found out that if you allow your heart to open up, God would show you the best in many…