One Shot. Two Ways (El Invu, Costa Rica)

Feeling playful? Finish these well-known (of course, depending on your age and where you grew up) song lyrics:

  1. Get on the bus, Gus.
  2. The wheels on the bus go…
  3. Magic bus!

Let me know if you need any back up. ;)

Now please enjoy photos of a pink bus for the Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways.
pink bus headlight

pink bus - right side

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Mariachi Culture

At the end of the Februrary 2013 SIT TESOL course at Centro Espiral Mana, our dear Mary Scholl surprised us with this fun gift. :)

Mexican traditional folk music sang by Costa Ricans in Costa Rica, for a group of teachers from all over the world? I think this stands the test of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture.

A song for Chile

Here they are singing a song for our Chilean friends. They had a song for almost all the countries represented at the Costa Rican centre that day: Chile, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico (of course), Guatemala, Panama, Peru and even the USA. I think Poland and Canada were the only ones they weren’t prepared for. Maybe next year!

"Where are you from?" "Canada." "Where in Canada?"  "Nova Scotia." "Hmmm...I don't know a song from Nova Scotia."
“Where are you from?”
“Canada.”
“Where in Canada?”
“Nova Scotia.”
“Hmmm…I don’t know a song from Nova Scotia.”

From La Fortuna to Liberia, Costa Rica and Back

Art Created by Nature – Art Created by Artists

– Photos taken in February, 2013

On the way to Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Enjoying Liberia’s, Playa Hermosa (Translations: beautiful beach or la belle plage)

Playa Hermosa at dusk

On the way back to La Fortuna, we make an inspiring stop at the Catholic church in Las Canas. Artist Otto Apuy is responsible for this kaleidoscopic mosaic.

Frogs, Butterflies and Waterfalls in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

During my first week here I had the chance to observe Costa Rican nature up close and personal thanks to Juan Alberto Palma Chaves, a highly recommended  nature guide working out of La Fortuna. He is also a dear friend and family member of Centro Espiral Mana. We visited ECOCENTRO DANAUS and La Fortuna Waterfall, and magic ensued. Thank you Beto!

Roaming Around Luna Nueva

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

― Albert Einstein

Pictures of my time at the Finca Luna Nueva, San Isidro, Costa Rica. Click here to see more.

Finca Luna Nueva Farm Tour

I feel grateful that I had the opportunity to spend three days at the Finca Luna Nueva Ecolodge. This is where my awe of Costa Rica’s diverse and dynamic nature began. Such feelings will bubble up in Costa Rica, especially if you take the time to venture into the lush green jungle. I hope the pictures below will inspire a bit of that awe. I took the pictures below during the Luna Nueva farm tour. To read more about this biodynamic farm, click here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Love

I went to a new friend’s house today — or an old friend depending on how you look at life. These sweet baby chicks, strong and wise, were born on her farm yesterday. It is clear why I chose these pictures, along with her soul grounding heart rocks, for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Love.

Being at her home reminded me of what Thich Nhat Hanh says:

” Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”

This walk, that is true love.

touch love

mom & chick

mom & chick

Can I get in?

Love is everything

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond Visual Limits in Costa Rica

“I’m so lucky to see this.” A fleeting moment of awe and inspiration. At this moment, everyone on the airplane went beyond their usual visual limitations, and saw Costa Rica from such a generous perspective. I feel grateful to have been able to see the country from this point of view.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

Costa Rica arial 4

Costa Rica arial 3

Costa Rica arial 2

Costa Rica arial

I’m not sure where this is. It was about an hour and a half out of Houston. It was too beautiful to leave out of this series Could we say its beauty is “beyond description”? :P

Latin America arial