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February 16, 2007

Costa Rica

Working Hard
We were woken up bright and early by the rooster that lived right outside our window. After making our way out of the mosquito nets, we headed to the farm to start our day. Our days were routine... Every morning of the two weeks we spent at the farm we had the same breakfast; eggs, white rice, black beans and coffee. The only variation was in the type of eggs we got. Lunch and Dinner were about the same; white rice, black beans, meat, and juice. For these two meals the variation came with the meat.

The first day was the worst. Being from Michigan, I was not used to the sun being so intense. As the week went on, we began to adjust to the heat and sun. However, every night, after a day of hoeing and raking the grass and bushes, we were all exhausted! Most afternoons it rained because we were in Costa Rica during their "winter." That means it was the rainy season. The afternoon rains gave us a nice break in the day. But, unlike Michigan rains, the rain did not cool off the air.

The farm owner was Rodolfo. He did everything and anything to keep up the farm. My three friends and I became very good friends with Rodolfo. Rodolfo helped us improve our spanish speaking skills and we helped him improve his english skills. He even let us hold one of the Macaws!

Most of the rainy afternoons were spent playing cards with Rodolfo and drinking coffee. There is nothing like Costa Rican coffee! We also made trips into the village during our siesta. We would get ice cream and soft drinks to help us cool off in the middle of the day.

At the end of the day, between dinner time and shower time, we usually had group discussions. Our leader taught us about the culture and other important aspects of Costa Rica. I learned that the most important environmental issue in Costa Rica is deforestation. Also, Costa Rica's primary sources of revenue are coffee and bananas.

After a long 10 days of clearing the field, feeding the Macaws, cleaning the cages and a few birds trying to attack my friend, we were allowed a much needed day off.

Posted by kmquinn at February 16, 2007 11:55 PM