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Butterfly Garden Key West

Posted by Susanna On February - 5 - 2011

There is a butterfly garden in Key West as well and since I love butterflies I needed to go… Everywhere hundreds of butterflies and some tiny birds. It is a wonderful place and at the belonging shop they even restore butterflies so you could hang them in your room. My friends had given me that big butterfly in Ecuador but it was not good enough for being restored. Too bad….

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Key West

Posted by Susanna On February - 4 - 2011

After a few days in Miami mostly fixing my laptop and external hard disc problems we went to Key West. It is the most southern tip of Florida and the US.  It has been a long drive yesterday and we arrived today early in the morning. It was crazy almost every hotel is booked out. Key West seems to be a hot spot in the states and I have to admit – I love this place. It has so many lovely restored historical houses and nice little shops and galleries. Hemingway had lived here for years with his second wife (her uncle bought them a house over here) and he had breed Six-toed cats which descendants you can still see relaxing at the house. I love the Audubon gallery where I got an original print as a gift. Audubon was probably the most famous bird drawer in the late 18th / early 19th century. I got even a book of him at home since the drawings / prints are so amazing. Basically they are as good as photographs since they had no cameras back then. Jon and I had met two crazy guys from around Boston and we went to a cruise around the keys in the evening.

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Miami beach

Posted by Susanna On February - 1 - 2011

I am back in the US. Used my last free flight I had won last year. It was hard to leave Central America. It is so amazing over there and I simply love it. Luckily I arrived yesterday in Miami which is at least not as cold as the rest of the States right now. I am going to meet my friend Jon. Have not seen him for over 1 1/2 years so it is kind of exiting. He had organized this nice hotel directly at the Miami beach. Yesterday I just crashed in the bed so exhausted I was. Today I waited for Jon and then we had a pretty relaxed day just chilling and having good food.

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The Butterfly Effect

Posted by Susanna On January - 30 - 2011

After a long exhausting day I arrived yesterday in San José the capital of Costa Rica. I just wanted to spend one day over here but since it is weekend many things were closed. On my search for an ATM machine I met two American men who had stayed here for longer. We started chatting and since I was on the way to the butterfly place (As you might guess – I love butterflies.) they joined me. The Spirogyra Butterfly Garden is worth a visit. All over you can see the most beautiful insects flying around… After the visit we all went to a very great dinner. Thanks Rick for the invitation!

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Finding the waterfall…

Posted by Susanna On January - 28 - 2011

My last day in the jungle. I decided to look for the waterfall again. Giving it a second chance. So I hiked up again for hours. Enjoying the beauty of pristine unspoiled rain forest with all it amazing creature. Finally I came to the river again and this time I followed the river which was quite difficult with my equipment. Then there it was – the waterfall. A real jungle waterfall. Crystal clear and refreshing. I had a dip with my feet then I made my way back so I would arrive before darkness at the lodge.

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Jungle ride

Posted by Susanna On January - 27 - 2011

After one day back in Puerto Jiminez my new friends left yesterday and I had come back to the jungle. I had organized a horseback ride today. What the great thing about it was is that I could go by myself without guides for just US$5 an hour! I was so happy since I love to do things on my own sometimes. Horse rides with guides are usually boring since one is not allowed to do things different than the guide wants and also the horses are mostly spoiled. My horse this time was perfect! We were enjoying a ride for three hours! I went first up into the rain forest observing tucans and macaws. Suddenly I was witnessing a cow giving birth – great! Everywhere blue morpho butterflies danced in the twilight and I heard exotic noises. I went up to a hill and could even see the ocean. Partly my horse and I were followed by a younger horse what was quite amusing. Ohhh I enjoyed these hours. When I came back down to give back my horse I realized I had 30min more so I decided to go a bit faster in a different direction. And what a surprise – this horse was not at all tired! It was running as no other horse I ever rented did. Amazing. So far that was my best horseback ride while traveling!

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Chilling…

Posted by Susanna On January - 25 - 2011

Just some chilling in Puerto Jiminez. My friends left today and before that we just checked out the beach for a quick cool down and swim.

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What waterfall?

Posted by Susanna On January - 24 - 2011

Today I got up very early in the morning since my friend Ruth and I wanted to do a quick hike to the waterfall. We did and saw numerous bird, macaws and frogs. Even a few snakes. But when we reached the river we could not find any waterfall. So Disappointing! But when we came back to the lodge people told us where the actual waterfall was. So we basically missed it!! Too funny. We left around noon back to Puerto Jiminez. While we made it to the pickup van right in time (Even though one of the new friends had some issues – that is what happens when you travel with more than yourself.) we waited for ages for the bus… Public transport is just not that reliable here than in Europe!

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Costa Rica Jungle

Posted by Susanna On January - 23 - 2011

Like one of my friends Greg said there is a kind of simple lodge in the jungle on the border to Corcovado National park. I and him and two other new friends went there today to check it out. It is difficult to reach since you normally first take a bus then wait (sometimes for hours) for a pickup van and then you hike up to the lodge for about 30min. So I took only a few things and my camera equipment with me. The hike was tiring but the jungle amazing. Blue morpho butterflies and various birds and macaws flew around. After choosing our beds we decided to hike to the view point where we had a great view over the forest up to the sea.

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Pura Vida in Costa Rica

Posted by Susanna On January - 22 - 2011

After border crossing yesterday this was my first day in Costa Rica. Since I don’t have much time (10days) until my flight to Miami I just want to spend as much time as possible at a nice spot not traveling in buses. So I had heard of the Corcovado National Park supposedly the area with the highest biodiversity on earth. At least this is what National Geographic said. I am staying at ‘The Corner – La Isquina’ hostel with Ronnie and his family. They were excellent people and my friend and I could even cook in their kitchen. Later Ronnie went with us to the swamps for feeding the crocodiles. It was like at Isla Parida feeding the caymans. Most crocodiles were similar seize but one was massive. Another small one missed already a part of its tail, a leg, an eye and looked totally scared over. We observed as well various types of birds. Since it was still raining there was not as much time to explore outside.

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