|Only once did we make it to the pool on the grounds.. such was our slothfulness.|
|friendly dogs, lovely grounds|
|A more ideal picture.. I didn't take any pictures of them glazed eye on the ipad.|
|heading out each morning for our spanish lessons|
|10 min drive into the town of Atenas|
The only bit of productivity was with our spanish - Eric and I feel more confident trying to converse in Spanish and it's actually fun when I can stream a whole sentence together! The boys' intro, intro class is going really well.. they are soaking it up and really excited to be learning the language (they show us their notebook full of spanish words at the end of the lesson and start to teach us that 'verde' means green and "coffee" is brown). A week of lessons is definitely enough (for now) and we'll probably pick up lessons again along the way to keep the momentum going.
|Our lessons at Su Espacia|
Yesterday we did a tour of an organic coffee farm (El Toledo Organic Coffee) which was "muy interestante". Gabriel was very passionate about their family's reason for turning organic and going beyond the organic certification to also being eco-friendly.. making sure their methods are also good for the people and plants/animals in the area. We saw the whole process from start to finish and ended the tour with freshly roasted coffee to taste. As an added bonus, Gabriel showed the boys how to get sugar cane juice and they got to chew on sugar cane. (Liam was definitely in overdrive after chewing on sugar cane and then drinking sugar juice!) The farm was further up into the mountains and it's just so beautiful up there....seems like really good living around here.
|Costa Ricans love dogs.. everyone seems to have at least two.|
|coffee drying.. the pile to the left is the husks.. |
which they compose and use in the soil.
|perfect timing.. ready for harvest |
(they only harvest once a year.. over a 3 month period).
|passionfruit.. Sean loved it!|
|Good strong coffee!|
|hand cranked sugar juice maker|
|super happy.. sugar water!|
But our time in 'Pleasantville' is coming to an end and I think we are all up for a bit more adventure and wildness now that we've healed our mosquitos bites, washed our big pile of laundry and just sloffed off for a bit. We leave tomorrow to travel down the coast to Quepos and then onto the Osa Penisula to remote Drake Bay (need to catch a boat to reach the town.).
P.s. I failed to mention in the opening passage.. that along with the tropical birds and pleasant weather.. there have also been roosters.. interrupting the pleasantness with their wake up calls starting about 3 or 4am!