Monte Verde and La Fortuna

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For our last weekend in Costa Rica me and a group of people rented minibus and drove to Monte Verde, which is a 34248_433952177593_5106295_nsmall town up in the mountain jungles of Costa Rica. My main expectations for the trip was to go ziplining and to see a lot of different animals. The ziplining part was really fun with more than 20 lines going through the jungle, over the jungle, straight down with free falling and at the end there was a Tarzan swing that gave you a last adrenaline rush. The whole thing was safe, with a lot of people watching out for you and helping you if you did not brake fast enough or if you stopped without reaching the platforms. There were enough of animals as well, including monkeys, iguanas and sloths.La Fortuna is a place in the jungle, where you walk through hanging bridges and down steep stairs in order to get to a beautiful waterfall and a good river to swim in. Some decided to go by horseback, but I would say that the 30 to 40 minute walk through the jungle is really worth it.

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Costa Rica Bungee

When I arrived at the bungeejump office in Costa Rica ready to do my first bungeejump I asked the question of what ways it was allowed to jump from the bridge. The answer “any way you want man” came as a surprise and made me think quite hard on what was possible. I knew that I probably would not be given this chance again some other place so I decided to do my jump backwards, doing as many backflips as possible before the bungee jump cord pulled me up again, which the video shows:

The bungeejump center comes reccommended and a jump can be booked at http://www.bungee.co.cr

Touristy Tamarindo

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30647_1314335822618_1357462_nAbout a six hours drive from San José, there there is a city known for it’s beaches and nightlife called Tamarindo. The city is right on the Pacific Ocean, and has great waves and is a popular destination for people who like to surf. Renting surfboards vary in price, but is usually around 15 to for 24 hours, and sunscreen and all you need can be bought from a small grocery store in the city. The city is also a busy place at night, where a lot of tourists go out to restaurants and the many clubs there are there. The prices in most places are in dollars, and almost everyone speaks English. There is also a national wild life park that costs to enter, and has different animals such as howling monkeys, alligators, turtles, iguanas, crabs, geckos and lots of colorful birds and butterflies. This is a sight worth seeing, as a lot of these animals are hardly seen around tourist places and you get to see them in their natural habitat.

Living in “Chepe” (San Jose), Costa Rica

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The big waving flag was the view from our classroom window

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After living in a Costa Rican family for about a week, I am starting to feel like things are becoming more of a routine, and everything is not new anymore. A typical day in a “Tico” family, usually starts with fresh roasted coffee, fresh bread from the bakery and usually two kinds of fruit(everything grown locally in Costa Rica of course). The weather is the same every day, with extremely sunny mornings from 6 in the morning, a couple of hours of heavy rain(usually in the afternoon) and warm and nice evenings. The people in Costa Rica are usually very friendly, but it is sometimes necessary to be a little skeptical if they are too friendly. If you let them carry your stuff, or tell you the directions somewhere, they can ask for a tip afterwards, especially if you wear nice clothes and show that you have money.

Driving to Canada from the US

When spending half a year living near the border of Canada I felt like it was almost compulsory for me to cross the border at least once, so this weekend that I spent in Minneapolis we took a daytrip over to one of the towns on the other side of the border called Thunder Bay.

The border crossing between the US and Canada was surprisingly quiet (compared to what I think the Mexican border would be at least) and the crossing went hassle free. 


My biggest surprise when crossing the border was that there was no left side driving (which I had believed until that very moment), but except from that everything was pretty much the same (especially for me who couldn’t even separate the “American” and the Canadian accent from another). When we were there we spent some time visiting an Indian camp, shopped some souvenirs and had a meal at a local restaurant, and I was surprised that they even accepted US dollar bills every place that we went.


Our visit was too brief for me to have gotten any real impression about Canada, and I feel like I cannot really say that I have been to the country, but some day I will come back to see more about what real Canada has to offer 🙂