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Haie, Schlangen, Spinnen...   (published in Costa Rica)

December 10, 2012 by   Comments(6)

Damit man nach so vielen Panoramabildern, Schwärmereien und Angeberei nicht vor Neid platzt, stelle ich hier die "Schattenseite" Costa Ricas vor. Man versucht als örtlicher Zeuge möglichst das Positive zu berichten, und lässt dabei leicht die negativen Aspekte unter den Tisch fallen. Da ich aber als seriöser, viertelsstudierter Ökonom die Realität widerspiegeln möchte, muss ich auch ein paar Unangenehmlichkeiten beim Namen nennen.

Hier ein paar Tiere, die einem das Leben in Costa Rica schwer machen oder es auch leicht beenden können...

Die harmlosesten Viecher sind die abendlichen Moskitos, die einem das süße Lebensserum abnehmen und dabei Narben hinterlassen. Malaria ist in Costa Rica glücklicherweise kein Problem!

Seeigel sind nicht harmlos, aber man weiß als Tico (Costa Ricaner) gewöhnlich, an welchen Felsen/Stränden sie sich befinden und kann somit einen großen Bogen um die spitzen Freunde machen.

Schon unangenehmer sind Quallen. Die Sporen einiger Quallen befinden sich nämlich im Wasser und sind somit unsichtbar für das menschliche Auge. Das bitzelt dann etwas, da kenne ich mich glücklicherweise schon aus. Doch Fortuna ist immernoch auf meiner Seite, ganz im Gegensatz zu meiner Hostsister Laura (aus Manchester). Sie wurde vor ein paar Tagen auf dem Surfboard von einer Tentakel aus dem Wasser am Fuß umwickelt und ist ziemlich ausgeflippt. Sie hat nach einem kleinen Kampf das Vieh abschütteln können, Kampfspuren sind jedoch noch gut sichtbar. Sicher sind wir uns nicht, doch wir vermuten, dass es eine Qualle war. Ihr Fuß hat jetzt einen roten Kreis und brennt noch leicht. Die Ticos meinen es ist ungefährlich, tut halt weh...

Schon etwas mehr ...

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Haie, Schlangen, Spinnen...
 

Not Standard!   (published in Costa Rica)

December 10, 2012 by   Comments(0)

Nach nun nach genau einem vollen Monat ohne Leberkäs, Kartoffelsalat und Autobahn verliere ich immer mehr das Gefühl für den Normalzustand. In verschiedenen Hinsichten...

Auf der einen Seite bin ich kein Kulturschnorchler mehr, sondern bin hier völlig eingetaucht. Die deutsche Sicherheit, Pünktlichkeit und Gründlichkeit sind aus meinem selbstverständlichen Alltag verschwunden. Diese Seite meiner Gewohnheit finde ich durchaus positiv und ich bin froh, dass ich mit den örtlichen Gebräuchen und Sitten so gut zurechtkomme. 

Die andere Seite ist etwas ernüchternd für jeden, der gerade seine Stuttgarter Zeitung aufschlägt, danach Schneeschippen geht und sein Haus heute wegen Glätte nicht verlassen will. Hier in Costa Rica erlebt man täglich so viele einmalige Eindrücke... denkt man! Viele Dinge gehören (leider) für mich inzwischen schon nicht mehr zu diesen "unglaublichen Events" und ich muss mich immer öfter daran erinnern, dass jede Kleinigkeit hier besonders ist. 

Hier ein paar Anekdoten der letzten paar Tage:

Friedrich(Freiwilliger): Do you hear that sound in the palms?

Ich: That's the monkeys...

Friedrich: Ah ok.

(gerade an Playa Hermosa angekommen...)

Ich: Once again that isle in the middle of that lagoon!

Robin(Freiwilliger): That's normal. Every beach has one!

Friedrich: Look over there! Big iguana! (1 Meter langer Leguan sonnt sich gerade im Gebüsch direkt neben uns.)

Robin, Ich: Au ja...

(kurzer Blick auf den Leguan und auf a la playa!)

Hier verliert man so schnell die Relation zu Außergewöhnlichem! Darum haben wir hier den Spruch: "NOT STANDARD" eingeführt. Er soll uns ans Genießen erinnern ...

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Not Standard!
 

travel and start of cusco/macchu pichu   (published in Peru)

December 9, 2012 by   Comments(0)

so ive only got 15 mins to write this blog so its gona b even worse than my usual crummy spelling, im also doing it out of sequence but this journey was just toooo funny!

So we kicked off at 7am down the river and all was swell (excuse the pun) until the outboard broke, so after an hour of nando, oscar rachel trying to fix the  boat we got a new vessel to come up and latch onto in total it took 3hrs. Inclusive in this was Chico having to suffer my most AWFUL pop music but he was singing along to s club by the end ROFL!

The we hung in Puerto for a bit, dodged the rain, wacthed ida consume most of Gustito´s, until 5 when we went for the bus. At the station we suprisnigly got on the  right bus but we soon found out that 30 soles was far too cheap. Firstly no air con (as promised lol) and secondly we had Micheal Schumacher at the wheel, every gear change was impressively lumpy, by this point id accepted my fate suggesting that "i was trying to imagine that  i was in a massage chair in a sauna" u pay good money for that shit right!

Having finally settled down to some hhg2g i found myself lightly dosing whilst  my head was being tossed side to side, however this was rudely interupted by a plume of water leaking from the roof (sir percyville would be proud!). All in all we were three hours late, had to endure many versions of peruvian B.O, but i had a smile on my face as we´d joked about it all the way.

so Cusco this morning wow! trully stunning scenerary , lovely locals (xcept the sellers) plenty of nice quaint shops, we had a chocolate making course and omg lunch, I had llama steak, was very much like venison and went downa n treat! Irish pub and prob a bar this evening, previous weeks worth of taricaya to come!

James

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¡Feliz Cumpleaños Hermano!   (published in Peru)

December 9, 2012 by   Comments(2)

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Me again! I am going to try and be a bit more regular with this blog and try to focus on some of the exciting experiences I am having. Number one of which would probably have to be my host brothers birthday on Wednesday - my second day of volunteering.

The birthday celebrations started the day before (little did I know at the time). I was waiting to be picked up for my first day of volunteering and walked out into the back patio sunshine just in time to see my host mother grab a chicken and wring its neck .... if I wasn´t awake before then, I definitely was afterwards! Not quite sure how I should react I just stood there in shock. My mother looked up at me and laughed guiltily `Chicken for dinner!´she said. She then lunged for another chook. I made a quick exit.

The next morning was the actual birthday for Yurmo. The day started with the whole family (most of whom I hadn´t even met yet) gathering around the dining table and singing a very unique Happy Birthday. Yurmo then blew out the candles on his two party-pizza-sized cakes and had a corner of each smushed into his face. Different. I wasn´t expecting the cake to then be breakfast. Next thing I knew I had three slices of cake, each bigger than my face, placed in front of me and a glass of a drink saved especially for birthdays. Until now, cake has never been on my breakfast menu. It doesn't seem so strange after having GIANT slices every morning for 5 days following the actual birthday. All up I think there were 7 cakes for Yurmo's birthday. I usually have one, maybe two so it was a little unexpected to say the least.

After we had all eaten our share of cake, it was time to depart for work as usual. I rolled myself out the door and plodded down the street to meet my teacher and catch the ...

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A visit to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha   (published in Nepal)

December 9, 2012 by   Comments(0)

It is a long nine hour bus ride to Lumbini, and I brace myself for a gut-wrenching journey on the twisty road west of Kathmandu.  The last time I was on this road was coming back from Chitwan, when I squeezed my hand exerciser to relax and quell the rise in my stomach as locals sitting around me vomitted silently like ninjas.  But, as they say, life is suffering...

The ride actually goes without a hitch, although the bus only goes to Bhairawa, despite what my ticket shows.  I hop on a local bus for the final hour-long stretch to Lumbini, along with a disgruntled Aussie, who also had an incorrect ticket. 

The next day I wake up early to walk along the canal and visit the various monasteries built by devotees from various nations.  The Korean monastery is surprising austere, almost Soviet-like with its drabness.  I wonder if there was a cash flow problem or if it is still a work in progress.  Each monastery is quite unique and reflects its country of origin by means of architectural style.  I notice a sign for the proposed site of a Canadian monastery on the eastern side.

Lumbini Bazaar, where the budget accomodations are, is not that attractive a place.  And the Siddhartha Highway from Bhairawa to Lumbini is dusty and dirty and noisy.  Sometimes you have to get through the grit to get to the beauty.  I avert my gaze as I walk by rickshaw drivers, trinket vendors and beggars, and for the briefest of moments contemplate my first world fortune. 

Scenes from Lumbini: http://www.flickr.com//photos/25139244@N04/sets/72157632203577027/show/

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