From Curridabat we drove arround 45 minutes out of the city up in the mountains to our farm El Tablazo, where we spent the last 16 days with a lot rainy cold days and the owners Mima and Gabriel. The farm is located 1500m over the sea and surrounded by just two other farms. In the night you could see far away on the sky the lights from San José, but that was almost the only sign from the real world and other people. Only one night we went out for dinner and one day they showed us around in the area. The other days we almost had the same day rythm. We cooked together 3 times the day with the vegetables, herbs and eggs from the farm and worked a few hours with jobs like painting the watertower, feed the chickens and the goat, take care of the three dogs when Mima and Gabriel went to the market, harvest fruits and vegetables, planting and water the plants, make compost or cut trees and just lived with them the life on a farm. The chickens were my favourite. Every morning in time, they layed 5 green eggs in the nest and I only had to pick them up and got a huge cheese omlette for breakfast. I had an little accident, when I practised my dreifacher Rittberger on their trampolin and it suddenly broke and I felt through it and landed on the ground. I only got a little fright, but not to compare with the shock I got one day later, when I saw this huge Tarantula in our kitchen – even too big for a Staubsaugerrohr. After this 16 days we leave today with bus and ferry our new friends and looking forward to the beaches of Santa Teresa on the pacific side of Costa Rica and specially the nice weather.
Alajuela is a city with around 50 000 people and we lived in Rosales, a part of the city. We lived together in the apartment of our “Couchsurfing-friends” Ignacio, Daniel, Candy, Douglas and a few dogs and the cat Alexander. The first impression of that country was not how I had expected, because I expected, that there is everything green and nature. But there also are cities and you can see a lot the American influence on the people and the shops and supermarkets etc. One day we went hiking through the huge coffee- and bananas plantations and in the end three stray dogs joined us for our 20km hike. We had to cross a small stream in order to reach a hidden waterfall and enjoyed the view all the way to the Volcano Poás and the insane nature around, because we are still in the rain period. The other day we went into the city of Alajuela for a tour and Daniel showed us around. In the evening we had together dinner with real Costa Rican Brotwerscht. They used Terpentin, to get the fire started. Åsa and me went for 10 days to the province of Limón to the villages Puerto Viejo and Cauhita. We had to change in San Jose and there I actually was happy when I was sitting in the next bus. Btw: 10 amputations are conducted every day in this City, because of diabetes. In Puerto Viejo and Cahuita we went by bike through the two different national parks “Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre National park” in Manzanillo and “National Park Cahuita” with awesome, lonley beaches and animals from A to Zink. We lived 100 meters from the Caribbean cost and the “Highlight” was the earthquake, as I wrote two days ago. Yesterday we came back to our “Couchsurfer-Base” and had together Dinner. We organized, washed our clothes and relaxed a bit, before we leave tomorrow by bus to a canton of the province of San Jose, Curridabat, where we get picked up at 3pm.
Happy Birthday Moa
Happy Birthday Kowwel
Happy Birthday Linda
Happy Birthday Tilli
Happy Birthday Oma
Yesterday in the evening a earthquake with 6.4 on the scale of Richter affected Costa Rica. The epicenter was on the pacific Coast close to Jacó. We are at the moment on the other side of the country in Cahuita on the Caribbean coast; we “only” felt the effect. Åsa and me were sitting in the garden of our apartment, when everything and specially our house started to shake. First it was totally quiet everywhere, electricity went away, then all the dogs around started to bark and run and people started to scream to them. We didn’t have internet and ran to the street, to meet people and ask about Tsunamis, because we are just a few hundred meters away from the coast and Becky, the woman we live with was not at home. But as I told no problem, because we are on the other side of the country and we are good.
By bus and collectivo we arrived in the middle of the extreme noon heat in Puerto Escondido. Puerto Escondido is a smaller city in Oaxaca and a famous surf location, especially Playa Zicatela. We explored the city a bit and went to our Hostel, owned by a German couple. We spent the most of time on the beaches Playa Carrizalillo and Playa Manzanillo. In the night we went by car, boat and flashlight to„Laguna de Manialtepec” for night swim with planktons – an lightning organism under water.
With the night bus we continued to the capital Oaxaca City from 32 degrees to around 15 degrees and 1500m over sea level. 10 hours with night bus sounds hard, but we got some wonder pills in Puerto Escondido, that was actually against nausea. However, we do not know what happened, but 10 minutes after taking two of them, we were knocked out and the bus driver woke us up on our final destination Oaxaca City without any memory of the drive. There we had a quiet hostel and planned a bit for the next weeks. The city is much nicer than Puerto Escondido and we visited the big markets, historical places and got a bit a background of the political system in Mexico, because of different demonstrations on the street. In the evening we visited a concert on the market place and ate the traditional food of Oaxaca – different types of langostas called Chapulines.
After two days we went with another night bus from Oaxaca to San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas. This time the drive was a bit longer, but two pills and adios amigos. San Chistobal is located on an altitude of 2100m and is even a bit colder during the nights than Oaxaca and right now the favourite place from our journey. We enjoyed the awesome vibe of that place, a very nice centre, extremely friendly people, every day parties with dance and music on the streets and just nice to sit in the sun in the streets and watch. We did a hike with four guys we met about couchsurfing to the „mammut cave”and to the „arcotete cave” with a stop in a Mayan village. Two of this guys were German and it was really nice to talk in German for a change, instead of a Spanish Rumgegruze. The next day we booked a tour in Sumidero Canyon National Park and went by boat through a huge canyon full with crocodiles, monkeys and pelicans. On the way home we visited the village Chiapa de Corzo just for one hour and lunch, before we went back to San Cristóbal by bus. A Mexican told us a bit about the history of Chiapas and the Mayas and their religion and there are so unbelievable stories. There still exist a village, that still use dead penalty by the local law and the goverment accept it more or less. Its a shame that we had not more time here. The next bus went 15 hours to Chetumal and from there to Bacalar in Quintana Roo. We rented a kayak, swam with turtles and use the sand as a special good effect for your skin – at least the locals told us. From the 31st of October to the 1st of November is the biggest holiday here and the Mexican celebrate “The day of the dead”, but in this part of mexico this tradition is not so spectacular than in other regions. By bus we drove today 5h to Cancún, where our trip in Mexico end and continue tomorrow to Alajúlea, 30km from the capital San José, Costa Rica. As usual you can see the pictures on the country page/s.
Happy Birthday Maarja
Ab geht er – de Peter…
The personal component of the base is done right now and it is time to go on and continue with the other components for a good base – step by step. In Mazunte, Mexico I got one more time the seldom feeling, which some people call coincidence. This feeling when somebody open or change your mind, open new doors, give you advices and inspirations or just motivate you to reach your goals and to continue with what you want to do. In the middle of the djungle in Mexico…!
In theory it seems quite easy, but when you look behind the facade, there is hard work waiting and it requiers endurance: investigation in a universe full of information, new fundamental terms, background research, development over time, ideas to process and shape your own impressions, technical understanding and especially time and motivation. At the moment the most important for me have been to create a structure and to recognice a red line for myself, which have made the method easier to follow.
Save and use your power for family and friends, those who supported you unconditionally in good as bad times, because you share a common experience – something that you can not buy for money all over the world. Keep going in your tracks, do not expect that others think in the same way as you and remember to appriciate this. The following questions might at the first glance seem egoistic, but they are in reality the opposite. “In the and we are all alone” :), so trust your cards and fail your dreams!!!
Is there enough time and space only for you?
Can you distinguish between phantoms and friends?
Do you still take your own individual wishes and dreams seriously?
Are you able to transform your definition of freedom and luck in the real life and live and experience these feelings?
Are you able to focus on the now?
Mazunte is a very small village in the region of Oaxaca in southern Mexico. It is located on the pacific side of Mexico, in the middle of the jungle. It took three days for us, to get used to the clima, food and the animals. In Manzunte I have been taken spanish lessons for two weeks. In order to come to the school, you had to walk through a dried river and climb up a little stony hill. Up there an amazing view over the jungle, the sea and a lovely team was waiting. Our teachers are on a good way to get the next Guidos from Mexiko. Initially I had grouplessons with one australian and one british guy, and later private clases. Åsa experinced some medical issues and had to go to the doctor – his praxis looked like a garage, but it was a really nice and knowledgable young guy and he even invite us to dinner at home. Ottmar never did that!
We lived this two weeks in a palapa – a open, tiny house. The volume and sounds from the animals were constantly load, but over our bed we had a mosqito net for protection. Kolibris, iguanas, scorpions, snakes, spiders, opposums and of course mosquios were our neighbors, but our house keeper José was day and night awake and took care of us. We sometimes talked for hours, even when we could not understand each other. One night we got a thunderstorm, so intense that I thought this would be the last night for our little house and make the Abgang. We lived directly on the beach and I got to know the power of the waves in this surf area. A special spot is Punta Cometa: From there you can see an amazing sunset in the evening over the stones and the big waves of the Pacific. Our last trip went for a boat tour through the mangroves in La Ventanilla. Just when we entered the little wooden boat that should carry us around the area, a crocodile came out of the water. My bag finally arrived and a friend drove me down to the airport Huatulco for picking up it. We will continue today to Puerto Escondido. Hasta Banana!