Nadine Bless

After finishing my studies I seized the opportunity to volunteer in Central America and made my way through Oceania, the best choice I could have made. For the years to come, life keeps being an endless journey and traveling an essential part of it.
  • 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

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  • 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)

  • 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 lagoonRead more

  • 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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  • Day24

    Monteverde (Camino Verde B&B)

    September 15, 2015 in Costa Rica ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Great nature in combination with adventure activities: Walking in the tree tops and doing the canopy (zip-lining) including the tarzan swing was so much fun and totally worth the price

  • Day21

    Visiting the Cabecar @ Alto Chirripó

    September 12, 2015 in Costa Rica ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Our social project I'm volunteering for in Costa Rica aims to bring education to the indigenous people in Costa Rica. After years of planning, with this trip to the Cabecar, one of the most isolated indigenous tribes in Costa Rica, the education program initially started with an intensive 2-day first aid course for 23 indigenous students of various ages. The classes were held by another volunteer from Venezuela working at the Red Cross (la Cruz Roja).

    To get there it took us 4h by car, another half an hour with a jeep, a 4h walk on a muddy and steep trail down the mountain during night time. We had to cross 3 rivers in the dark and the food and equipment we brought could only be carried by horses. For the way back we left earlier so that we were climbing up the mountain during the day for an seemingly endless time of 4h, however through an unbelievably beautiful rain and cloud forest.

    The impressions we got there were a life changing experience. We saw indigenous people, even children and women with their babies, walking the 4h way up and down the mountain. In order to be able to study at university in San José, some of them start walking at 5am in order to get the bus to the city. There are still more than 6.000 indigenous living in this territory, all in open and kind of flexible family structures. One of the men in the course couldn't even tell how many children he has, but estimated them at around 15. Not surprisingly many of the students looked similar.

    During the classes it was amazing to see that there was no boredom, no talking, but instead a crowd of students that couldn't wait to learn. While practicing you could see the ambition, the enthusiasm and the gratefulness in their eyes. Finally, it needs to be said, that all the hard steps and all the sweat to visit this place were worth it! It not only taught us that hard work pays off, but also how grateful we should be about our lives!
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  • Day15

    Tamarindo (Coral Reef Surf Hostel)

    September 6, 2015 in Costa Rica ⋅ 🌬 33 °C

    Despite the travel of 7 hours by bus from San José, I love this place and for sure will be back in October. Here you meet crocodiles relaxing on the beach, crazy party people from all over the world and great surfing teachers...

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