Today I’m headed back to the United States to spend Christmas with my family in Maryland and ring in the New Year with a few of my travel buddies from Madrid in Washington D.C. I can’t wait to spend time with my family, eat way too much of my mom’s cooking, and relax and reset … [Read more…]
If there’s one defining symbol of Costa Rican culture, it has to be the oxcart (ok, apart from football jerseys, coffee and cerveza Imperial, that is). The importance of the oxcart, or carreta, dates back to the mid-nineteenth century. The elaborate, hand-painted carts were first used as a means to transport coffee beans. While coffee is now … [Read more…]
Church bells clang, railroad tracks rattle and laughter leaps down the street. On a Sunday morning, the sounds of San Jose, Costa Rica waft through the gated window in my room at Hotel Colonial, landing on my bed along with the sun’s warm rays.
Note: The following is a guest post from my mom, Lea Ann Christenson, who graciously — and safely– drove us around Costa Rica during her recent visit. Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting my daughter Lauren in Costa Rica. To see more of the country and maximize our time together, we decided to rent … [Read more…]
“Don’t touch anything in the forest,” a guide says to an eager-listening group of visitors on a sunny day in the rainforest of Caribbean Costa Rica. “The forest is like a museum,” he adds. “You don’t touch anything.” This is the main lesson a visit to the Jaguar Rescue Center in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica … [Read more…]
It’s hard to believe, but today I am celebrating 6 months in Costa Rica! I moved to a rainforest base (relatively) near San José, the country’s capital, for a job with Outward Bound Costa Rica, an educational organization that helps students learn to push their limits in the Outdoors. Celebrating 6 Months in Costa Rica It’s … [Read more…]