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Picking up the Latin Groove

Tamarindo (2), Monteverde, Quito (Ecuador)

First of all big up and congratulations to my STARS and the unbelievable team effort! Down but not out! The promotion is deserved for sure.
Well done boys!!!

We had a fantastic time in Costa Rica with wild home-/pool-parties, lots of surfing, and fun in the lessons. 'Juanito' and I also went for two dives where we saw Whitetip Reef Sharks, Spotted Eagle Rays, a huge 4.5meter Manta Ray, a Guitar Shark, an Electric Ray, two Moraines, and some little fish. Again we were very lucky with the weather, it usually could rain all of October, however, the weather was perfect, few rain and the sun was not burning as it would during high season.
The best thing was, however, the other students at our scenic school - WAYRA. It was just a great group of people we could spend our time with. Too many Swiss but that was to expect and what ever it felt like vacation with good friends. What a shame we had not more time since we were so well connected - it was kind of hard to leave. Good memories. But you should leave at the peak time... Right?
Hope to see all you guys back at home - counting the gringos in!

The Ticos are great as well - especially the one who has been living in Zurich for five years, is fluent in Swissgerman, an FCZ supporter (Locos), and knows just everyone around Tamarindo.
Everything is relaxed but full of energy and people seem to be happy - Pura Vida!

Monteverde was a lot of fun with the Zip Lining, scenic jungle landscape on the hike, and moreover the two of us were lucky enough to enjoy that weekend with four great and handsome ladies.

Surfing was great fun since I really brought it to the next level and to smaller boards. But there is still a long way to go and a lot to learn...

Same with Spanish... But I think I learned a lot in these two weeks and just need to keep learning. I don't have much of a choice anyway;). But I really start to like this language and it's just a great feeling every time I succeed with my Spanish.

Quito, a truly different world! From the beach with 30 degrees and more to a big town on almost 3000 meters altitude, dry and dirty air, around 10-15 degrees, and different kind of people.
In the mornings I'm enjoying a delicious and healthy breakfast on the hostel's rooftop with a beautiful view over the city of Quito. Afterwards we went to discover the town.

Everything is still great (except my camera might have been not that waterproof after all and I lost the key for my padlock but the locksmith across the street made me a new one for 70 cents) and we are already looking forward to the Galapagos Islands...

South America we have arrived! Let the adventures begin!!

(More pictures comming soon)

Posted by Perch 17:29

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