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Greensboro Amtrak - Photo by Meisha
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The Costa Rica Chronicles: Anticipation

We recently returned from a life-altering 3 month trip backpacking to and through Costa Rica.  We did our best to capture many of our experiences during this adventure.  What was it like to pack up and travel to another country with no plan, limited money, limited research, and whole bunch of nerves?  Follow along as we share our Costa Rica Chronicle video series over the course of the next several weeks.   In this segment, we share our thoughts and highlights as we prepared to leave and began the first leg of our trip to Costa Rica:  Over 24 hours of continuous bus & train travel from Greensboro, North Carolina to Hollywood, Florida.    Read more

Looking out into the jungle from the second floor of Compañeros' home.
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Simple Life in the Caribbean Rain

At Compañeros Cacao Farm in San Clemente, I am once again reminded of the simple pleasures in life.  Rain pelting a tin roof has to be among my top ten.  There's a strange calming effect emitted by the continual white noise that fills every space in the house.  As I sink deeper into bed and closer toward sleep, I feel as though I've become one with the ebb and flow of the clouds' tears.  The rain continues to sing its lullaby throughout the night as it varies intensity; creating soothing tones and rhythmic pitch changes. What a strange feeling it was to be lulled to sleep by the night's rain only to be jolted awake at 4AM by its voracious screams as mother nature opened her skies to let it pour down on our roof all at once.  The sound was deafening, yet oddly calming at the same time.   Read more

Jacó Beach at Night
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Swells of Change on Jacó Beach

Pulled to the ocean early in the morning around 1:00 am, I found myself almost completely alone. Sitting on the sand with a palm tree stump at my back, I could sense even before it was physically validated, I wasn't the only one awake. Only sighting a male walking alone and busy texting away, I was the only human enjoying this section of the beach. So for the most part I was left in peace and only interrupted on occasion by the neighboring hotel security guard making his rounds, and a few passing cars. It was a bonding time for me, the ocean, the moon, as well as the sand beneath my feet.   Read more

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Costa Rica Gets Real: Time to Breathe.

The sky was not the only thing weeping yesterday.  Just getting somewhat lost took me out of any kind of positivity.  I couldn't take going back to a place we found comfort in combined with the difficulty of getting back there.  How are we going to make this work?  We have failed to find places to stay and everyone we meet has a surprised reaction to learn of our plans to stick in Costa Rica for 90 days.  This could be due to our limited understanding of Spanish and/or our lack of plans.  Then we are told of the dangers that lurk at night in areas less traveled.  It seems almost everyone has had their own experience or knows someone who has been robbed.   Read more

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