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Meals and Mosquitoes in Costa Rica

by Janvier Jones, Greenheart Travel Volunteer in Costa Rica

Excerpt from Saturday, December 24, 2011

Ah, our first day of rest here in Costa Rica! Safiya and I slept until a decadent 10 a.m. Actually, everyone slept in; Rosi stayed up late last night making tamales, a traditional food served in abundance during Christmas celebrations. She was tired, too!

There was a lot of cooking today, actually, and Safiya and I helped where we could.  Rosi es una buena cocinera, a very good cook!  I am definitely picking up some tips from her.  There may be hope for me yet.


In the evening, we went to visit with Rosi’s sister Cindi. We met more relatives, including this lovely bunch…


…and we ate more good food!  I REALLY like it here! The one bit of discomfort—these!


Yes, something has been munching on me.  And here is why.  Yesterday, in a wild fit of gringa bravado, I was purposefully lax in my application of bug repellent.  I figured hey, the Ticos don’t seem to need it, I’m gonna be like them. I’ve been here all of five days. I’m probably immune to being bitten. So, I spent a large part of the day roaming around the project “unprotected”. Travel tip number whatever…don’t do that!

About Greenheart Travel

CCI Greenheart Travel is personally invested in providing cultural immersion programs that change lives, advance careers and create leaders. We achieve this by partnering with organizations and governments overseas that empower their local communities through experiential learning and practical development. We provide others with the same positive travel experiences in which we ourselves engage. Through travel and cultural exchange, we help individuals reach their full potential, leading to a more tolerant, peaceful and environmentally sustainable world.


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