I’d just like to take a few moments to acknowledge how crazy busy these last few weeks have been in a series of photos. If a picture really is worth a thousand world, these moments speak for themselves… but I’ll leave a few short captions to clarify the fuzziness.
Building another house in Upstate NY. 4 huge walls in 8 hours. And they thought I couldn’t use a hammer.
Last day in the USA! Lunch with my adorable grandparents (proud supporters of Brooks Brothers) and my aunts, uncle, and brother at my favorite NJ Thai Restaurant: http://www.pruthai.com
Costa Rica Orientation at an Old Seminary. We were given lots of coffee and snacks!
Me at the Volcán Irazú in Cartago, Costa Rica. It was extremely freezing and windy and rather rainy as well!
A blustery photo of the Volcán Irazú
A lovely garden where we lunched on the mountainside
La “Basílica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles is a Roman Catholic basilica in Costa Rica, located in the city of Cartago and dedicated to the Virgen de los Pardos, officially known as Virgen de los Ángeles.” Wikipedia
Bienvenidos a Doka Coffee Estates! Here is where we were given a world-class tour of the specificities of growing and packaging the third best Arabica gourmet coffee in the world. This is a view of one fields of the 25,000 acres of coffee grown at Doka.
A delectable taste-test of some Doka Espresso Iced Coffee.
A glimpse into the early stages of coffee growing. These little plants have heart-shaped leaves that grow on the bottom layer to shield and protect the plant’s roots. Once the little plants turn into trees, coffee beans grown in little seed packets. Green = not ready for picking, Red = perfect for picking, Purple = overripe.
Quite a few steps later, this is the hand- and sun-drying process of coffee beans. After they have been through several light stages of “processing” e.g. removal of the bean shell and separation by color, shape, size, and density, the best beans are taken outside to enjoy the highest treatment of coffee beans.
A glimpse into three sacks of different coffee beans. To the left are the best or first-class beans; the middle shows second-class beans; the right shows third class beans. Starbucks, contrary to popular opinion, only uses in part first-class beans and mixes in larger quantities second- and third-class coffee beans.
A final view into the several different types of coffee beans that are solicited from the Doka Coffee Estates including Breakfast Blend, Espresso, and Decaff (or DeCrap, as some may like to refer to it) – amongst others!
In a lovely butterfly garden at Doka
A butterfly friend!
Walking around with some new friends towards the end of our Doka Estate Tour!
An extremely cool fería (market) of old and new fruits and veggies the next morning as we began our trek a las 6:45AM hasta Manual Antonio, Costa Rica! We bought bananas and…
A Costa Rican fruit called the Mamon Chino! Here a friend is showing the three distinct layers. So strange looking, but so good!
The beautiful and rather long, downhill, 3K+ walk to the beaches of Manuel Antonio! It was great exercise and a lovely visual experience!
Enjoying some brunch and piña breakfast drinks at the beach with some new friends!
A wild DandyLion spotted walking off into the distance of the northern most part of Manuel Antonio on a slightly cloudy day!
Standing on a little teensy tiny sand bar on the northern most side of la playa de Manuel Antonio!
During part of the beautiful 2 kilometer hike from the morning, we came across a cute little rainbow pond!
A lovely view from ground level of the beautiful southern beaches of Manuel Antonio!
Spotted: A baby sloth in a tree! We also saw 3 monkeys and an anteater and a million lizards and birds!
A very large tree in the path of the trail!
A viewpoint from the platform before the peak!
¡Una vista desde la encima de la montaña!
La vista desde el balcón del hostel. ¡Que linda!
Algunas flores bonitas 🙂
Sin embargo, mis plantas favoritas aquí son una colaboración de color rosa oscura y de color verde, que es muy agradable a la vista!
Casual iguana… or lizard… or reptile of sorts. You can never be too sure with these things
A very interesting sight of large and seemingly abandoned buildings during the drive back to San Jose.
¡Y finalmente una sorpresita lleno para mí por mi mamá anfitriona increíble!
Anyhow, these are just a few of the already over 1,000 photos I have taken since my arrival in Costa Rica 13 days ago! ¡Disfrutar en ellos!
Ciao para ahora mis amores,