As FCO on the Costa Rica project, I also get to work with the teaching program here in Puerto Jimenez. Before I arrived at camp, I spent one day in town and thought that that would be the extent of my days in civilization for the next months. However, as fate would have it, I am currently reveling in the comfort of an iced coffee with coconut milk at the local café. While camp holds a special place in my heart, there are a few simple delights that make living and working in town a true treat.
You never realize how incredible ice is until it’s 32 degrees and the humidity has left you a hot sweaty mess. Ice-cold water just tastes better than room temperature water, and that is a fact.
2. Groceries whenever you want or need something’
Every Monday we receive the highly anticipated groceries for the week on the colectivo at camp. We make the most of the ingredients that we buy, and the food is incredible at camp. However, there are times when I wish I could pop into a store to buy an avocado or plantain chips for a snack; and that, my friends, I can absolutely do in town.
3. Mango Smoothies
Along with the concept of ice-cold beverages, the delicacy of a smoothie is greatly missed at camp. I think everyone has a moment during their stay at camp when they wish there was a blender to create smoothie masterpieces. We don’t have a blender at the house in town, but Ingrid down the street makes the perfect mango smoothie for only 1000 colones (about 2 dollars!). Yesterday I even went a little crazy and ordered a pineapple, mango, passion fruit smoothie, and I could not have been happier.
4. Swimming in the Gulf
The Golfo Dulce water is ideal for wadding in the water and swimming out to the dock. My favorite time of the day for the beach is around 2pm when the tide is changing. The water becomes so shallow that you can touch the sea bottom for nearly 80 meters. The sunshine also warms the water so that it is the perfect temperature to drift around aimlessly in the ocean for hours.
Part of me really loves the lack of internet connection in the jungle, because it provides an incredible atmosphere at camp. We are connected in a more genuine and insightful way while without the distraction of social media 24/7. In that sense, I never miss WiFi, but it is a welcome change to be able to Skype my family while in town, and I am always grateful for that.
6. The Locals
We are incredibly lucky to be able to develop friendships with the locals here in Puerto Jimenez. There is a lot we can learn about the culture, environment, and current issues in the area from those who have grew up on the Peninsula. My Spanish has improved greatly since talking with locals, and I’ve met some of the most interesting people. I am so thankful for the kindness that they continue to show us on a daily basis.
While I will only spend a couple days in town every two weeks, the change is a pleasant way to recharge.
Check out Brooke's video of her tour of Puerto Jimenez!
By Brooke Bierhaus - Field Communications Officer
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