A 59-day adventure by Nadine
  • Day58

    Adiós y hasta luego Costa Rica

    October 19, 2015 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    After 2 months, I eventually have to say goodbye to Costa Rica, with one crying and one smiling eye. Happy to be back in Germany for a week vacation from vacations and excited to see all the people I've missed so much. But Costa Rica, see you in 2017! Until then I'll embrace what I learned from the Ticos: Pura Vida! :)Read more

  • Day54

    Isla Ometepe (Santa Cruz Hostel)

    October 15, 2015 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Taking the cheap ferry from Rivas you can already see the two huge volcanoes arising in the horizon on Central America's largest lake in Nicaragua. Arrived there shuttles bring you to the most touristic part of the island to Santa Cruz, even though there are just a few hostels and shops in lonely nature along the one street that goes around the island. As result, the fun way to discover the island was renting motorcycles and driving around the island on dusty and bumpy roads with pigs, horses, chickens and cows crossing your way. The places to go are the San Ramon waterfall (includes a 3k hike that is actually a very tough 6k!) and the fresh water springs (much more relaxing).

    Nicaragua is a cheap place to travel and you'll find nice and very helpful people there, but also the contrary. Therefore, memo to myself: never again be the only tourist and perfect victim arriving at the border and have your phone obvious in the pocket! It was a shame losing the best pictures of this trip to a greedy person.
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  • Day50

    San Juan del Sur (Casa de Olas)

    October 11, 2015 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Coming to San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua for Sunday Funday where people from all the hostels in town party together in 5 different locations. A unique pool party worth seeing once. The only site in town is the gigantic Jesus on the hill watching over it. Highlight was the Australian hostel where you have an amazing view over the town, the ocean and the sunset while sitting in the pool...Read more

  • Day48

    Back to Tamarindo @ my Roundtrip

    October 9, 2015 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Being back to Tamarindo means back to my favorite place in Costa Rica, the Coral Reef Surf Hostel, best sunset runs on the beach and interesting people

    Highlight this time: 1st meeting some local people and driving to Marbella Beach, a huge and amazing black beach where you can watch the sunset completely on your own. We got invited to a local place to eat on the way, probably the best food I have ever had.

    2nd singing karoake in all the different languages and dancing on the street.

    3rd spending the night at Crazy Monkey, a club with both a salsa band and a dj on two different floors
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  • Day44

    Goodbye @ Universidad Magister

    October 5, 2015 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    After 6 weeks being part of the ICP family I leave the university for my trip alone to more beautiful places in Central America :) :(

    I got to know so many great people that were always so helpful, took us to so many amazing places, always cared for us and sometimes forced us to talk in Spanish, I couldn't have had a better time :D

    I came to realize how everything starts with a simple idea and a strong vision and grows to a project that involves so many people from around the world and can finally reach important milestones, such as the initial starting of the continuous education program for the indigenous at Alto Chirripó. I will miss the endless visionary meetings in the evening, the late night pizza, the goodbye parties that end in dancing and jumping into the pool, the hiking on crazy trails, the roadtrips sitting in the trunk and singing old songs and even the rice with beans for lunch at university. I couldn't have chosen a better project for getting to know Costa Rica as it is, pura vida <3
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  • Day43

    Roadtrip and the La Paz Waterfall

    October 4, 2015 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Roadtrip, always an adventure in Costa Rica. Passing by enormous waterfalls, diverse kinds of animals and nice people right next to the street. It always needs a stop for some typical Costa Rican food (here the vegetarian Casado that of course comes with rice and black beans)Read more

  • Day43

    Volcán Poás

    October 4, 2015 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Such a lucky day for our spontaneous trip to the volcanoe. We had not only the best weather (what's really rare in the rainy season), but had also only to pay the entry fee of 2$ for residents of CR and not the 15$ for tourists and that without dyeing our hair black :D

    A fun roadtrip, a nice trail to the still active volcanoe and an impressive view into the crater and the lagoon
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  • Day40

    Last trip to the indigenous @ Chirripó

    October 1, 2015 in Costa Rica ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    Being back in the territory of the Cabecar we enjoyed watching the school art festival where students from all the different indigenous schools competed against each other in music, acting, dancing, singing and painting. So excited to see that the school, where our education program just started, won most categories 🎉🎉🎉

    Already feeling so sad that this will be my last trip to the indigenous and that the last days as member of the project are already running out...
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  • Day31

    Bocas del Toro Isla Bastimentos

    September 22, 2015 in Panama ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    A day trip from Isla Colon to the neighbouring Isla Bastimentos and beautiful lonesome places: Taking a private boat to Coral Cay for snorkeling and to Red Frog Beach for not that much seeing any red frogs, but enjoying an amazing white sand beachRead more

  • Day30

    Bocas del Toro Isla Colon (Hostel Hansi)

    September 21, 2015 in Panama ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    From San José 5h by bus to Sixaola, crossing the border by foot, 1h by Taxi to Almirante and finally 1/2h by boat to Isla Colon.

    Immediately brings to your mind 'Oh, wie schön ist Panama', the famous German children book telling a story about two friends, a bear and a tiger, heading for the their country of dreams, Panama. Actually, it might not be that dreamlike at first sight regarding all the trash in the streets. At a second glance, however, it definitely is as soon as you have seen all the colourful wood houses, felt the Carribean wind and flair, so different from the Pacific, and caught the right bus or boat to stunning beaches such as the Starfish Beach on Isla Colon with clear water, star fishes of course and sometimes challenging trails to get back to civilization.

    At night, the place to be is certainly the Selina Hostel, where you meet travelers from around the world, and the la Iguana Bar, where Jamaican Reggae meets Salsa music <3
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