Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pura Vida! Highlights from a visit to Costa Rica

Centro Espiral Mana – An amazing school offering ESL-EFL teacher trainings as well as sessions in non-violent communication.  Located in a remote location, the school provides meals prepared by excellent local cooks.  The day of our visit, they prepared an afternoon snack of empanadas, made with yellow corn flour and milk, filled with refried black beans, and fried in oil – delicious!  Una escuela impresionante que ofrece ESL-EFL entrenamientos, y sesiones de comunicacion no violenta.  Situado en una ubicacion remota, la escuela ofrece platos preparados por excelentes cocineras locales.  El dia de nuestra visita, se prepararon una merienda de empanadas, hechas con harina de maiz y leche, llena de frijoles refritos negros, y fritas en aceite - delicioso!

Volcan Arenal – A smoldering volcano (look closely to see the smoke escaping from the top and the hawk sitting in the tree) where people from all over the world travel to seek out adventure.  On an early Sunday morning, with the help of a local guide, we managed to see over 35 different species of birds in less than two hours. The photo is a Black-crested Coquette hummingbird.  Un volcan humeante donde gente de todo el mundo viajan a buscar la aventura.  Un domingo por la manana, con la ayuda de un guia local, vimos mas de 35 especies diferentes de aves en menos de dos horas.

Café Britt – Just outside of San Jose, Britt coffee gives fun informational tours at their coffee roasting facility. Justo en las afueras de San Jose, Café Britt ofrece diversion tours informativas.

Mantras Veggie Café and Tea House – Cool to see the “alternative” people of San Jose while enjoying healthy fresh vegetarian food, Costa Rican style.  Que chevere ver la gente “alternativa” de San Jose, mientras disfruta comida saludable y vegetariana en el estilo costarricense.

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