A Travellerspoint blog

Repatriated

for now

From scrubbing duck shit out of a tubledown chicken coop to ordering off-menu in Manhattan, the last three months have offered some serious contrast. We helped add habitat to a Costa Rican cloud forest, reunited with best friends, took advantage of the supermoon to hike a volcano, had a bedbug scare, rented a car, surfed, saw some ruins, added pages to a passport, partied with a Jesus look-alike, went mountain biking and took trains all over NYC to have dinner with some friends we met in Panama. We also spent some time chasing down a rabies vaccine in Nicaragua (the U.S. has not lost their ability to "influence" the Nicaraguan government, which may have saved a life in this case), went sailing in the Pacific, got robbed 2 and 1/2 times, had a sneek peak into a Starbucks coffee 'beneficio' with a friend we made in El Salvador, spent a weekend in the world's homicide capital and celebrated thanksgiving with family in Boston.

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Posted by paigejohn 15:00 Comments (3)

Horse parties in a cloud forest

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Walking Contradictions

Our month of tasteful and high-class travel couldn't be stopped once Paige's gracious parents flew off towards the States, washing down banana pancakes and pork roast with gin and wine while enjoying more leg room than dachshund in a hummer. We were sad to see them go, but threw on our finest clothes (a button up, work pants and farm shoes) and headed to the Nacional Theater in San Jose for a sunset concert performed by an incredible acoustic guitarist and his opera singing sidekick. Afterwards, we dined at one of the city's finer establishments, a two-story Taco Bell.
Leading up to this, we have been travelling around Costa Rica and up into Nicaragua with some of the bravest and most elderly travellers out there (just kidding!). Heidi and Charlie made travelling so much fun, and they really were brave. Their interest and amusement was contagious, and helped us realize how different our day to day life is down here, something that you can start to take for granted after 6 months. We were able to do a lot of things we would often pass up on due to our constricting budget. We flew from Montezuma to San Jose, stayed in nice hotels, went ziplining, freefell 150 feet on a tarzan swing, went on a jungle night tour, a night-time turtle watching tour, long jungle boat rides, and had the amazing opportunity of introducing the parentals to around 10 great people that we had already met down here. Included in the highlights was a downtown Managua political rally and picking up Molly and riding in the back of a truck from Managua to Playa Marsella, one of the greatest beaches we have had the opportunity to swim at. For a more detailed account of the journey, check out http://www.candhblog.com/
Now we are up in a cloud forest in Panama, volunteering at a Hostel. We are holed up in a 15 bed dorm, the beds stacked three high, and the partiers never seem to leave, but we have access to beautiful views, rivers, hot springs and waterfalls, and all the volunteers seem great. 20150713_171903.jpg20150628_111048.jpg20150625_110430.jpg55BACC63ABB813D0BD26CD03D66E4EAC.jpg55C86C92A849B488188F50B6991327B1.jpg20150628_160808.jpg
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Don't look up

Our last volunteer project was by far the best. For one month we called a farm on Island Ometepe home. The island is made up of two volcanoes, our farm being at the base of the smaller. The island is home to lots of wildlife including howler monkeys, white faced capuchins, igaunas and unfortunately taranchulas and scorpions who had a strong desire to become our roommates. Our work on the farm consisted of creating a composting structure, a pig house and planting beds. Our time not working was spent swimming in the lake, mopeding around the island and getting to know the neighbors. The neighbors, Nelson and Hildebrando, taught us to herd cattle to the pasture, milk cows and what its like to be lassoed by a Nicaraguan cowboy. The day we spent mopeding around island we discovered viewpoints, explored an ecological park and unfortunately Paige getting pissed on by a monkey. However she has now learned the valuable lesson to not look up at monkeys in tree tunnels. As we raced to return our hogs in time we got stuck in stop and go traffic consisting of 50 horned cows.
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After our month on Ometepe we raced to Costa Rica where we met up with Paige's parents and grandparents. We are now living in a house where stepping outside the gate is synonymous with stepping onto the white warm sand.

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Trespassing in Nicaragua

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