I've been back in Puntarenas for several days, after taking two trips to the Nicoya Peninsula. My budget won't stand for much more travel, unfortunately.
In Montezuma I met a gal, a backpack traveler named Teren, from Vancouver. She said she has been to 66 countries. 66! She liked Africa the best, she said.
I have been hearing a lot from other students, and now from this traveler, Teren, about the TESOL program. It's a certification you can get fairly quickly to teach English in foreign countries. I looked into it, and it's offered via the U of A as a one month program in summer, but also is offered partially on the internet, partially at U of A for the practical teaching part of the training. Interesting idea, I may consider doing it, next year. Too much on my plate this year.
This past Tuesday, April 3, I got on the bus in Montezuma at 5:30 in the morning. I met a backpack traveler on the bus, age 63, who had taken his small Social Security early and is having a blast traveling around. I think I will do that, too! He kind of made my day.
And the rest of the day was even better. I went sea kayaking near Paquera, with people from Bahia Rica, a small, Robinson Crusoe-like resort tucked away on the shoreline, apparently without a driveway. It has a footpath to get to it. It's owned by a couple from Norway--very nice folks. They have really good boats: sit inside, with rudders. (So many rental places have the sit-on-tops, which are generally very slow.) We paddled across the bay to a mangrove swamp. It was high tide, so we were able to go into little channels in the mangroves and see all kinds of interesting birds, including a roseate spoonbill, ibis, green heron, boat-billed heron, tri-colored heron, egret, pelican, etc. If you know anything about birds, you'll know I was thrilled to see the spoonbill and the ibis, but I wasn't able to get photos of them with my point-and-shoot camera. I don't know much about tropical birds, but I read later that the boat-billed heron lives in mangrove swamps and is nocturnal. That is why it was hiding, I guess, but we did see it. The guide, a Norwegian woman, knew where to look for it.
From the mangrove swamp we went back into the bay, and then paddled up a small placid creek. It apparently was taking us close to an inhabited area because we could hear a road nearby. There was a small family standing on the banks watching us paddle by. Behind them was a banana grove.
After paddling up and back down the creek we came out into the bay again, and proceeded to a beach where we pulled in and ate a really good lunch, sitting on big driftwood logs. Then it was time to paddle back across the bay to where we had started out that morning. But now a breeze had come up, and it was a little bit of a struggle to paddle into the wind. I hadn't kayaked in months. But, eventually we made it across.
All in all, the sea kayaking day was the most fun I've had in Costa Rica. True, ziplining at Monteverde was a blast, and I also went ziplining in Guanacaste. I've also been horseback riding a couple of times, and down a long snaking waterslide, and body surfing, and hiking. I'd like to go river rafting, but it is too expensive. I'd like to go to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, also, but I am pretty sure I am not going to be able to do any more travel unless it is to Manuel Antonio National Park, where I may have a free place to stay at someone's house.
I'll post a link to the photos after I have posted the photos.
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