We have just returned back from San Jose, Costa Rica—not California, though at times we felt as though we had returned state side! There were significant differences between the two neighboring countries of Costa Rica and Nicaragua that could not be easily missed; the cleanliness of the streets and countryside, the road system, the prices, the high rise buildings, the amount of English that is spoken, the lack of stray dogs and it seems as though people generally have enough to eat (although we don’t want to minimize the exceptions).
Prior to the commencing of CLADE V, we took the opportunity to take in a weekend of sights and natural beauty that is Costa Rica. We visited Volcano Arenal, Monteverde and Manuel Antonio National Park.
Reflections from our time at CLADE V will follow shortly!