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Fresh update on "costa rica" discussed on Joel Riley
"Mike Davis was a night manager here at the Dixie knew some years back. And the rest, as they say in the movies is history. There's a long line of them needed to show off that, like being celebrities Al Capone, John Gotti noth Eva's He had those same inclinations. He wanted to be known. He wanted to be a public figure. He was not shy. Are you serious about movie making? Do you wanna be a movie mogul? I'm very serious about the movie making. In fact, we've moved our facilities from MGM in Hollywood to Atlanta. It is the money. Obviously, that attracts organized crime. Beavis has managed to insulate himself and others in his organization by setting up Paper Corporations. Sources tell me he has managed to set up more than 300 of those corporations. There's no doubt in my mind that there are nervous at best about having to do business with my Beavis. I don't have any knowledge is what happened to Mr Hammond was a personal friend of mine. And I just think it's a terrible tragedy. Indictment spells out so many charges against you. You think you can beat him off? Oh, yeah, Like Judy Caesar across the Rubicon. I'm ready to do battle. So Mike Davis walked out this door to freedom summer speculating he maybe in Colombia, Costa Rica countries, which before harbored United States criminals by 25 years of the good life. I try to look at it in just that manner. In other words, if this is all but the Lord wanted me, though, have then I accept what I have, because I had far more than those people did Gangster House. Listen and follow this podcast for free on the I heart radio app number one for music, radio and podcasts all in one..
Can Simple Fruit Peels Revive Dead Land?
"Of IHEART. Pay Brain Stuff Lauren Boban here with another classic episode from Erstwhile Host Christian Sager. This one has to do with some awesome environmental research almost never came to light. I'll let Christian explain. Stuff, it's Christian Sagar. If some of Earth's most barren wastelands could be transformed into dense productive forests by the most unlikely of helpers discarded fruit peels. It sounds like wishful thinking but that's exactly what happened in the nineteen nineties during promising ecological experiment orange juice manufacturer del Oro plunked twelve thousand metric tonnes. It's around thirteen thousand, two, hundred, twenty, eight tonnes of orange peels on top of bleak Costa Rican Pastureland eventually transforming it into a lush fertile forest but it's a success story that almost wasn't told del Oro donated a seven Acre or three. Hector plot on the edge of the WANNA cast t conservation area after being approached by University of Pennsylvania researchers, Daniel Johnson and Winnie. Hell walks who wondered how the company's discarded appeals could benefit the soil in one, thousand, nine, hundred, Ninety, eight, the company deposited one thousand truckloads of orange skins onto the degraded land as part of the agreement but rival Orange Squeezer tico fruit sued del Oro a year into the contract claiming the company was defiling National Park Costa Rica's Supreme Court agreed, and after only two years, the experiment came to a halt. That could have been the end of the story. Were it not for Timothy Truer a curious ecologist at Princeton University in two thousand, thirteen truer and a team of researchers traveled to Costa Rica for unrelated research and decided to look up the orange peel plot. The site sign was so covered with vines in the land. So densely filled with trees that took the team years and dozens of site visits to discover it the team sampled and studied the soil at the site and compared it to samples that were taken in the year two thousand. It also noted tree diameter and species from the Orange Peel site and that of. In Year by pasture that wasn't treated with peels, the researchers found that the treated area had richer soil more tree biomass and a broader variety of tree species including a fig tree with a circumference equivalent to three arm spans. The precise reasons for this one, hundred and seventy six percent increase in above ground biomass are still being investigated but the researchers contend dumping massive amounts of nutrient. Rich organic waste had a nearly immediate effect on the land's fertility changing its lifeless soil into a thick rich loamy mixture. The researchers proposed it's also probable that the orange peel suppressed growth of an invasive grass that was keeping the forest from flourishing. The rediscovery of the experiment, a boon for barren landscapes and agricultural waste, but it also could have a major impact on earth. If more companies institute similar, environmentally friendly solutions to waste the resulting richly vegetated land could help isolate harmful carbon dioxide in the air and improve Earth's polluted atmosphere. So
Fresh update on "costa rica" discussed on Real Faith Stories
"We went and visited Costa Rica with our kids and found out there that we were pregnant with our daughter and so our daughter was actually ended up being born and we visited, and then later when we moved our daughter was born in Costa Rica. So we actually have a Costa Rican citizen that lives in our household in the United States. Now she's a dual citizen, but that was. A really hard time. But a really exciting time because we knew that God was with us when you got this thought move to Costa Rica. Josh and then Ashley you get this dream was at the next night, right? Yes. It was the next night and I was it was like so vivid that you knew was from the Lord it wasn't like just a bad pizza dream it was like. It was very clear. Felt like it just really felt inspired and I thought it was going to San Jose California just didn't know that San Jose was the capital. Costa Rica did you reach out to anybody to confirm what you are sensing? Did you have people around you that you were talking about this? How did you process this for my perspective? It was it was hard to process that because I can tell you in our circle of friends at least at that time, we were the biggest dreamers slash thinkers around people thought we were crazy my own mother who whom I love and who is amazing. She wouldn't talk to me for a week when I started my Cleaning Company because she thought, you know that's what homeless people do as clean windows right so they were terrified they didn't want us to leave I thought it was nut. So if anything people are trying to talk us out of it, but we know that we're called to do something bigger and for whatever reason, both of us have a fire to just do hard things to think bigger and so I guess part of us was open to the idea of of doing some adventure but we've certainly were not seeking this out at all..
How Have Hispanic Americans Helped Shape the U.S.?
"Brain Steph Lauryn Boban here. Here in the United States, it's Hispanic heritage month, which officially began as Hispanic Heritage Week in nineteen, sixty eight. Unlike many other campaigns that observe and honor the contributions of a particular group of Americans Hispanic heritage bump run throughout. September. But rather starts on September fifteenth and continues through mid. October. So, why does it start in the middle of the month? Well, a Costa Rica El Salvador Guatemala Honduras. Nicaragua. All celebrate their Independence Day on September fifteenth. Mexico's is on September Sixteenth Chili's is September eighteenth and believes independence. Day Is September twenty first. By, stretching into October, the holiday also includes de la Raza on October twelve, which is a kind of rejection of Columbus Day because of Christopher, Columbus's many crimes against humanity and see our episode on Columbus Day for more about that. De la Rosa instead celebrates the melding of Hispanic races or Raza, and cultures. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, let's talk about three times at Hispanic Americans have changed the course of history. Some three hundred years after Spanish, conquerors became the first non native Americans to view the Mississippi River and later the Grand Canyon one host. Jeff Marianne Hernandez helps smooth transfer of the territory of Florida into US rule Florida was still part of Spain when Hernandez was born in Saint Augustine in seventeen eighty four. But that changed when he was selected to serve in the House of Representatives and was sworn into duty in eighteen, twenty three as the first Hispanic person to serve in. Congress. In historical context Hernandez being a slave owner is a controversial figure. Still. He remains the first one, hundred twenty eight Hispanic people to serve in the. US Congress. Maybe of more relevance today is the first Hispanic senator elected to a full term in Congress. New Mexico's Dennis Shabas in nineteen thirty five. We spoke with Paul Orbits Historian at the University of Florida. He said in addition to being the first American born Hispanic senator. He's critical for the time we live in because he fought on behalf of all working class. Equally, he fought for higher wages legislation he fought for people to have the right to organize a union he fought for more progress and you as foreign policy for Latin America he organized N. Double ACP leaders against Jim Crow Segregation. Then, a Chevette as one of those people we can use Hispanic heritage month to talk about our connection other people's democratic struggles. Today's Congress. The one hundred sixteenth has forty seven members of Hispanic heritage. Hispanic Americans also helped turn the tide of the civil war. Some twenty thousand were involved in the conflict. While some in the southeast sided with the confederacy especially those who came from wealthy families with plantations or other businesses in Louisiana Alabama more supported the union. or it said a lot of Mexican American soldiers fought on the side of the Union army in the southwest and actually helped defeat the confederacy in the southwest. Hispanic people in the West back the Mexican government to and celebrated the country's defeat of the French at the battle of Puebla on May fifth of sixty two single Demayo in a victory that may have helped prevent the French from siding with the confederacy and thus ultimately helping the Union win. A bit more modern only about eight years before the US Supreme Court ruled in Brown versus the Board of Education, that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional as Spanish schoolgirl showed the way. Sylvia Mendez a Puerto Rican and Mexican heritage was just eight years old when she and her brothers were denied enrollment into the white only Westminster School district in Orange County in nineteen, forty three. At the time about eighty percent of California, school districts were segregated. Her Parents Gonzalo. Felicitas Mendez enlisted other parents to fight the decision and they took the school board to court. After appeals that were abandoned short of the US Supreme Court Mendez Versus Westminster became the first successful federal school desegregation case in the nation that was in nineteen, forty seven. The case was important arguing that segregation itself even if schools were separate but equal was harmful unconstitutional under the fourteenth amendment specifically, the clause, the calls for protection of the laws for all citizens. In appeals Sylvia's case was argued by Thurgood Marshall who went on to argue for the
How about a language vacation
"Tour Guide Kerry Walker is an American language, but she's worked on her language goes in Central America and was immersing herself in Italian lessons when we last checked in with her Kerry, where have you gone in Italy to study the language I? So I started off in a school at Monte Pacino School in town so I Did that for about a week, which was a great start but then left I really needed more so I quickly learned that private lessons for me were the way to go really get the most being my book I said my last two studies have been in home stays with my teacher. So private is better than group for you for me, but is it more expensive because it's one on one? It is more expensive. But my goal is to really learn the language and order to do that. I realized that I really need that one on one, which is focused exactly on where I am where my misconceptions are the things that I want fine tune, and also that the places that I want to go may teacher can take me there much more quickly they can tailor the teaching to your exact interests you know all over the. World there's a lot of people earning their living despite teaching. English. As a second language is it can flip flop it. Are there a lot of people in Italy that earned their living or supplement their income by teaching foreigners Italian without question it's a big business. How you learn about that you know there's a lot of different ways. There's not one place to go to I. Really do it a lot of different ways I. Just asking people, where did you study? So I, got my last home state through my Italian tutor back home had another student that I spoke to I. So I think really getting those references from other people. Also some research, there's a lot of people now that have contacts with teachers all over Italy, and then you move in and you just how many hours a day or a week where he works. So I did I did about four to six hours a day, but I ate breakfast lunch and dinner with that family our table with ALFRESCO. Semi my classroom was Tuscany alfresco outside as living it. I was I was all those things that I needed to learn. My teacher was right there. So so it's it's a lot of work I I've never bothered I I have. A great time in Italy why would you spend all the time and money learning the language I'd love connecting with the culture I mean I think just to be able to move in and really not only did I. Learn the language I learned the culture I said at that table every day and for me that makes travel so much more real. So that is it. If the bottom line, the bottom line is not speaking the language, but it's connecting with the culture and with the language it's like you've got better vision. Exactly. You've done this also in Costa Rica and. Those are two different. Spanish. Speaking Countries. How does your choice of a destination? Impact, the learning that you have and what you come away with because Costa Rica and Nicaragua you went to both of them and you were trying to learn Spanish Why would you go to one rather than the other for me? It was based on what I wanted to see as well. I had some travel goals to for people. I. Think it's often going to depend on what part of the world you WANNA. See a said oftentimes that's the case also, you have to think about what kind of language you WanNa come away with if you went. Back to learn French and then you go to France, they're gonNA look at you like where are you from? Exactly so that's one of the reasons I chose not to study in Sicily obviously Naples I want to for me 'cause you don't WanNa, go around the world speaking. In, Tuscany, the kind of Italian. That I want to come away with what they're speaking there.
Lying about lizzards
"Can you hold us from why are you handing me a t shirt covered in pain I just got back from an epic game of paintball and I really need to put on a different shirt. Well, that sounds like fun. It's the Best Deborah especially when you've got a total paintball pro like me on your team but your your shirt is covered in paint isn't the object of the game not to get hit with paint. Deborah that's human paintball and what am I supposed to do with his shirt cold wash gentle cycle and don't forget the fabric softener. Thanks. Fine and I'll thank you for telling us how are gameworks sure. It's not as much fun as robot pay Balthasar. Yeah we can do. Okay. Every week I'm talking every week. We don't take weeks off for like staff retreats were Deborah takes to a SPA. Bring on to grownups. One is an expert. The other is a liar and it's the job of a human child to help us figure out who. Can spot a liar better than a kid. I mean. List we hope what are we lying about today deborah me our lying about lizards reptiles have scales for skin long bodies and pointy tails. Lisa tell us what you know about lizards. Super. Funny. Really, yeah, I'm taking the stand up comedy last my instructor Eddie Lizard, told me that lizards are known for their comedic timing something to do with how fast they have to dart out their tongues to catch bugs If you say so I'm really looking forward to catching your next comedy set, but in the meantime can use set us up with the name of our contestant. Okay I. Hope he's a Lizard Lizard. Oh, that's fine. Are Human Child contestant is a nine year old who loves going to the AQUA TOPA waterpark? Colin Rowe it. Hi Colin Welcome how are you today? I'm feeling good. I'm so glad to hear it. You must tell us what is this thing you call the Topa Water Well. It's a huge Waterberg with lots of slide that superfund terribly dangerous water is very dangerous. Do well for robots it is and are they really tall slides? Are they kinda scary or some are really scary somebody just Easy easy but they're all great. Yeah and terrifying unreal scary scarier you. Okay on yes. I understand that you learned a trick on your new bike is true yes. I did what did you learn to do how to do a U-TURN? So how do you do a u-turn? Well, you have to make an illegal u-turn for cars. You have to ride your bike into somebody's car and then take over the steering of the car and then make a around. Now, awesome trick dude, that's the trail. Now know what he's doing is totally legal, right? Yes. Awesome. Well, WE WANNA learn even more fun facts about you Colin, but we're GONNA, get into big FIBS style. Yeah. So we'RE GONNA play a game called to truths and ally you Colin are going to tell us three facts about yourself except two of those facts will be true. One of them will be ally and we have to figure out which one is the liar you ready Yes all right, Colin what are your three facts? I've been Costa Rica? I can juggle I like Broccoli. K. Well everybody likes. That'd be true. What do you think Lisa? Yeah you can't juggle dude. You just learn to ride your bike into car and make a U-TURN. There's no way. Too much talent. Kennett. That's difficult back to believe all right Colin, which one of those faxes actually ally I can't juggle. Juggle. Because he just learned how to commandeer car, of course. Lisa.
The Hidden Gem That Is Uruguay With Karen Higgs
"Hel Lo travel nerds and welcome to the extra packing peanuts travel podcast the show that teaches you how to travel more while spending less I'm your host, Travis Sherry, and joining me today is someone who used to sing sixties covers in the psychedelic rock bar and Costa Rica whose hometown is roughly eight thousand miles from where she now lives and who is the only urguay guidebook. Lives they're carrying Hague's from Guru, Guay Dot Com Karen, thanks for joining me and a huge. Welcome. I was so excited to hear what you're going to take out of my via. Those good with those those. Highlights there. Right I. Love that I mean I think you're probably the only person. I've ever introduced that sung sixties covers in the Psychedelic Rock Barn Costa Rica Wall the only one who's intro involved. I'm sure other guests have done it because who has right? Exactly that's kind of par for the course if you're a traveler I want to start out, could you were talking about one of my favorite countries in the world but somewhere, I've never been so little known fact or maybe not that little known if you used to follow way back in the day. Karen I said that my two favourite countries in the world were Slovenia an Erg Urguay but I had never been to either one I've now been to Slovenia but I haven't been to. Uruguay. So I am very excited to chat with you I'm I'm totally shocked what why Uruguay can I ask my? So I think just when I started traveling, I looked at a map and was like, don't like what I'm taking I was kind of like entire nation is going to be taken back. There you go. I looked at a map and I remember thinking. Like where are the hidden gems? Hidden Gems when they travel and so oh, Brazil Argentina and I remember I and I liked soccer slash football and. Howard now I'm understanding more. Colors, the light blue I like Diego Forlan, and so I just remember thinking that would be a coup country to go because everyone goes to Argentina everyone goes to Brazil. I want to go there and Slovenia same kind of thing this tiny country tucked in amongst kind what you would call like tourist powerhouses of Italy and stuff like that and. Yeah I just so for me, it was like those are the two that I just I thought they use are going to be it and have been something. We haven't made it yet. Then that is a good question well. Yet to give you a little bit of background, my wife and I wanted to come to South America for quite a while. So let's say five six years where we've really been like South America let's go. We've still never touch the continent. One of the reasons was we are not and naturally very cautious people but because we were trying to have kids and Zeke was happening and all that kind of stuff especially down in Brazil we kind of thought well, we can put it off like if we don't have to go and I know Uruguay was not Zico hotbed. But of course, if we go there, we wanted to go to Argentina Brazil. So we kinda just kept putting it off, putting it off, putting it off. And now we're recording during covert times if you're listening in the future hopefully, you're out of it by then. But yeah. Now, of course, as an American can't really go there. So. I would have if you had spoken to me five or six years ago than I would have said to you that you have to come anyway for your entire vacations to Uruguay 'cause there's so much to do and enough of people thinking that it says side from Argentina or Brazil. Okay. So I would have said that immediately and I also would have said to you that you know Zeka. Zero cases here and that Uruguay has great public health policies, and in fact, right now we are kind of like one the stock countries in Latin America regarding the virus
"costa rica" Discussed on Latino Rebels Radio
"W.. F., end or GWP FW, FM DOT ORG once again. This is Oscar Fernandes and we're talking about. The black lives matter movement in Costa Rica. We're joined by PAMELA CUNNINGHAM WHO's in Africa's Rican activist and the CO founder of Costa Rica Afro, so family, you know we've done several shows on the African diaspora in central, America and I think most people in the audience are aware that the majority of the Afro Latino Community routes into America's throughout the Atlantic coast from from Belize all the way down to Panama. We've spoken in the past about the Funada's in Honduras and also the Afro Latino community as a mixed with the indigenous community places like like Nicaragua. We've regards to Costa Rica. Much like Central American neighbors. They're pretty much. You know for the most part and you correct me. If I'm wrong, we'll see have historical roots along the Atlantic coast, so you know from a geographical point of view, and not to mention geopolitical World Cadet Pratt's explain the disconnect between Afro Latinos and the rest of Costa Rica because all your see Central America's not a Monolithic Society and away after Latinos are treated in Honduras me, not be the same as in Costa Rica. Yeah it could exploded in wage, but you know Costa Ricans have has roots all over Costa Rica rate. I think one of the issues is will. The fact is that? Many of the Afro Caribbean people emigrated to Costa Rica, and greatest to be Mon, which is the Atlantic part of the country and They emigrated with the idea of going back to their countries right when they ended up being Basically stuck here the government and the states. They. Basically! Worked on dismantling their community, their society, prohibiting English schools and and kind of forcing assimilation rate and I think this is my personal opinion. I, think that Costa Ricans in in many did work hard on assimilating raid, and and the fact. Is that Costa? Rica's a as a general culture or just people. We are pretty much non-confrontational and and that kind of rubbed off. I think because Many of the efforts that maybe when I, when I think about people in Bluefields or people to refer people rate, people in new stunning, in Guatemala or people in. In Panama have have worked together to. To. You know kind of reclaim. The land reclaimed their culture because we think I could have done it swell, but the power is. The structural powers in the country really have pushed hard on assimilation I need has happened right we have in in many instances been assimilated and And and that's kind of. Caused a rift there's I. Don't see necessarily. The level of unity between the advocacy can people that we see in I know. hundred search sample right where you know, there's a coalition of groups that are have a clear agenda that they are pressing towards. We have different groups of activists in Costa Rica pressing for different subject, but that cohesiveness between the community I at least right now in my lifetime I don't know before, but right now. I don't see it as clearly and I think that's one of the areas where we definitely need to work on to kind of. Create that network at Community of people with an objective that could. Uplift as as as a group in St. L. Individually I don't know I may. Know it does make sense because again. It's hard to have. Because as I said before Central America's not a monolithic. Society so the treatment of African Americans is vastly different from what I've. Hondurans are facing right now especially with. Their current government quote unquote that they've had for the last eleven. Years is a profoundly different problem. They're facing, so you can't necessarily expect to have the same of cohesion because it's a different set of problems from country to country. With that said before we took the break you talked about you. Know the the momentum and sort of spontaneous actions. Costa Ricans have taken. You know in light of the black lives matter movement. You know it's not just here in the US, but it's worldwide, and so I wonder if you could give us some details about the black lives matter petition. That's been pushing closer. Towards the Costa Rican government and which organizations are leading petition. This is also very important. One of them is. We have what we call that commission out. Afro in Costa, Rica which is kind of like the. Thar or liaisson of. would. The would the government between the Afro Population and the government right so he's a commissioner so but it is a Without, a salary position without an office, right, we are really are asking. The State of Costa Rica to fund that rate We think that in order to create public policy and push towards. We cannot do it on while in tearing alone. We really need somebody that has an office that has budget, and that that has a salary right because that would be their job so that is one of the petitions that we have are reading, and then the other one is Rica. We have a big gap. Right it right now. I am the victim of racism. I have nowhere to go. There's no law that really penalizes racism, or even as testifies what it is right. If many people sometimes reach outwards Costa Rica and tell us you I suffered this this happened to me. What can I do? Usually you've got to have those to a woman. They can go to the to the. Secretary the Office of of the. School. That means video where. necessarily. Can Go there and and advanced her teeth. Even if they go to the Ombudsman Office, there's a a group an office force for women issues. There's an office. For. Digitize People's issues, but there's no office for Costa Rican issues rape. There's no. Though that pushes affirmative actions or or pushes Specific changes so. There, have been changes things have happened. Would we have had the? Luck of having congresspeople that one to take. The. Take this This changes or take this agenda. There's, but we cannot rely on the. You know the good intentions of politicians. We really need to have a law in Costa, Rica that says racism is not correct. You cannot target people if you target people because of the race. Then there's going to be caused quizzes and there are. State agencies that are.
"costa rica" Discussed on Latino Rebels Radio
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"costa rica" Discussed on Latino Rebels Radio
"Were called out, and they were. Even. You know they're they're. They're high schools. Where were contacted and asked? What are you doing, you're. students and we you know we when I. Say we the activists in the country. We didn't do it. It was other people that were called to do it and feel like this. Is this this to not be tolerated so for me? It has been kind of a before and after right. He was a deeply moving moment. brought some of tears to see the support, and it has generated lot of discussions. Bad had not been talked about before. People are questioning our forefathers and and the racist practices. People have talked about A. Statue down people. We have talked to Congress people about passing affirmative action loss which you know isolated you three months ago. You told me that we were going to be having that conversation. I would've told you know for sure now. I mean nobody would want to talk about this, but it happened. Since this demonstration of support, of course, was that say it has also created a bull shoals and and Congress people that want to to Montaigne status quo, but but the good thing in my eyes, because I wanted to think obviously is that there's people that are calling them out. That are straight up. Saying what data what you said is racist and I understand what you're doing. Bat Way, inform yourself go here. Go there and talk to this person. You earn ignorance and and the studied. It's not US doing it again. It's not us. The activists do win. It is other people putting themselves out there. Being real allies for long on this is precisely why we want to have you on the show. Now need to discuss this in open. The is where people may not be familiar with. You know these historical social issues in Costa Rica, but also to as a way to continue. This momentum has been created by the black lives, matter, movement. because. You know quite frankly it's. It's crucial I think in in the case of Costa Rica to deconstruct the myth of Costa Rica being the Switzerland of Latin America the are real, current and historical issues, in Costa. Rica that as you said need to be addressed, and they are no different from from the ones that the neighbors in Colombia Panama and Nicaragua Honduras. Who are near the? The country in Latin America has a sizeable historic Afro, Latino Community. It's something that needs to be addressed in. The something needs to be challenged, and it's something that needs to be deconstructed in the name of racial and social justice, so we're going to take a break right here. We're speaking with Pamela Cunningham. She's an African American activist and the Co. founder of Costa Rica Afro. Latino media collective. Ticket quick break right here. Beckwith morning minute stay tune..
"costa rica" Discussed on Latino Rebels Radio
"Once again this is Oscar Fernandez and today on the show we put the spotlight on Costa Rica and how the Black Lives Matter Movement challenges the stereotype of Costa Rica as a quote Unquote Switzerland of Latin, America. Any true student of Latin American history knows that the African diaspora has long face struggles for equal rights and social justice in places like Lumbia Brazil. The Dominican Republic etc, etc.. Costa Rica Hand flies under the radar on the struggles for social justice because of its perception as a stable democracy free from the same geopolitical struggles faced by other countries in the Western Hemisphere. But in the struggle for social justice, perception is not always reality. Costa Rica Micro notice. Costa Rica might fly under the radar. And a few problems facing Costa Rican society today might be minor compared to historical problems in other countries in that America. However black lives matter movement has changed the game. There is a new dawn developing forever Latinos. Is challenging the complacency and perception of Costa Rica. Switzerland of Latin America. And so this movement in Costa Rica under the Lens of black lives, matter deserves a new examination of what it means to be an Afro Costa Rican and so witless on the show today is Pamela Cunningham. She's an Afro Costa Rican activist and the CO founder of Costa Rica Afro. She joins us over the phone today from Costa. Rica welcome to Chopin on Cunningham. I are. Are You thinking? Is a pleasure to have you on the show I today. We've been dying to do a show on Costa Rica for a long time. And for the black lives, matter of movement and the momentum that is carried various in America is gives us the opportunity to do so, but before we get into detail about the movement as it pertains to Costa Rica. Let's first begin by talking about. What is your organization? Go Study Afro and the work that you guys do. Of course, so puts the Cup an apple feminist organization. We're focused on providing visibility. Lobbying in favor of the human rights of the Africa getting population, and he really started as A. Response of sorts of Of the exclusion that we felt from the white feminist movement industry. So? We decided to to create our owner. Invasion a lot less structured I'm more focused on results. THAN ON HIGHER So we've been working for the last five to six years of sharing our our knowledge and learning from others both in and outside of academia. Lobbying for change and using social media specialty to provide education and disability to the struggle. Yeah indeed, and that's what brought us to our attention Costa Rica Afro was social media. Let's through the few Costa, Rican. Followers of ours our twitter bodice to your attention, so in light of recent momentum created by the black lives matter movement. How has it perhaps magnified some issues? The African study community that has otherwise been neglected by the rest of the country. Because again you know part is, conversation is not just black lives, matter, but also sort of as a form of deconstructing the myth of Costa Rica's. Shangri law the Switzerland of land America where nothing. Really happens when compared to its neighbors and other historical. You know history historical points inland American history. Correct show. It is true and we. Went compared to our neighbors in Central America or South America. We've had relative piece, right? We don't have an army so We haven't seen civil war since nineteen forty eight. Doesn't. That doesn't. Mean that we haven't had our internal conflicts with ric. Rica's deeply. Racist Society and the nationals ace identity has been created in a position to what is a black or indigent, so the the whole idea of being Costa Rican has been constructed Abban whiteness rate so the. Afro descendants indigenous population amongst others in the country have been ignored or have disability rights so. This this have been issues that have been happening. Since forever but the idea nine countries that you know we don't have this issues. racial problems are problems are outside because. We're all the same rate in Costa Rica. We like to do the. We like to call ourselves because I. we like to call ourselves. Because race, so we are all the same you reality. We're not the black individuals populations have. Less access to help less actors to work to to help services to education to leadership positions. So, and we don't have a lot of data. On on exactly, what are our needs? Because we are not being tracked, we might even track upper clean census rate, so would vishnu momentum. It has generated a lot of questions right, so I look. People have asking themselves This happened in Costa Rica. We have issues of race in Costa Rica. Of course, it has created as well so backlash because some people want to believe that we don't have issue so race. It Costa Rica that racism doesn't. Rate but it has highlighted some some of those issues. It has given us an opportunity to discuss things.
A New Album Turns The Sound Of Endangered Birds Into Electronic Music
"An international collective of electronic deejays and composers is taking their beats out of the dance club, and into jungles and forests. It's all to help save nature's greatest singers. Birds Catalina Maria. Johnson has the story of a guide to the Birdsong Project Robin. Perkins is a thirty three road DJ composer producer originally from glass of England. He goes by the name A. Spanish for the. Perkins produced his first project in Twenty fifteen a guy to the Birdsong of South America. The whole project was born of this idea of taking the songs of endangered birds and challenging musicians to make a piece of music from and so trying to marry these worlds of activism, all conservation Goodson and joining us. Perkins invited artists from each of the endangered or threatened birds homelands to build their own solves around the Birdsong. The beautiful thing about electronic music is that it opens up this whole toolbox of things that you can vies do right so you can take a sample of a bird song and do five million things to it. You can turn into an instrument itself. You can reverse it. You can have effects. You can sample. Ed Perkins has just finished the second project. A guy to the Birdsong of Mexico Central, America and the Caribbean. One of the musicians who responded to his call is Nicaraguan Sonic artist that on behavioral. She chose the Turquoise Proud Maat Maat or Guatemala. rankle to me was a very clear choice as a child I would see this bird freely flying around and meeting his partner, the travel in pairs most of the time in my backyard for sunsets. Beautiful mystical moment every day. What about wrangle is threatened by loss of habitat primarily due to deforestation, it's also Nicaragua's national bird. This bird represents a lot of symbolic in my area of the world's, because it represents freedom and these Central American countries have been striving for political social economic freedom for a long time. The idea of freedom was also part of the impetus for Al Ovando choice. Ovando is a member of the renowned Gutty for collective, that also includes musicians from what the my love on us and Nicaragua for the collective's contribution to the album Ovando chose the endangered black cat. Like the guava uncle, the black cat birds freedom is threatened by loss of habitat. Obando feels his people have a special kinship with the catbird and struggle for survival, like you've just imagining US coming all the way from the coast of West Africa into the Caribbean, ending up in believes that still continuing the struggle and trying to be part of what the world is today. Ovando also happens to be a devoted burger. He even convinced the. The band to add a technical writer to its contracts when the musicians perform at festivals, so we know what we should just add it on and just put just for fun. You know some of us in the collective avid burgers, and if it here's anybody at the festival. Who'd like to burning? We would love to go birding with them married. They would know some places some hot spots. In Oh, we could check out some birds. As with the first scalpels, all of the profits from the new release will support organizations in each region. One of them is birds, Caribbean. It's executive director Lisa. Sorenson explains how the recording not only help her efforts, but may also yield extended benefits helping to develop sites in the Caribbean that need infrastructure for example, there might be a beautiful place to go see birds, but there's no trail. There's no interpretive sign edge there to tell you about what you're seeing. So we're envisioning funding from this project will help us advance building the supply and building the demand for sustainable burden nature tourism. That's project founder. Robin Perkins wish to yeah. Hopefully people will come away from the album. Feeling inspired and feeling the need to listen against the Birdsong around them to do something to protect the natural spaces that we need to survive proceeds from a guide to the Birdsong of Mexico Central America, and the Caribbean will also benefit nonprofits in Costa Rica and Mexico.
Farmers learn alternative to slashing and burning rainforests
"Rainforest certain important defense against climate change because they absorb carbon, but many are being destroyed on a massive scale. In the tropics, farmers often slash and burn forest to clear fertile land for crops. The practice involves cutting down vegetation burning it. But the soil fertility does not last long, so the farmers must clear anew Patrick Forest every few years. People believe it's the only possible way of growing cross ecologists Michael Hand says there's an alternative. He directs the Inga Foundation which teaches farmers and Honduras and Costa Rica, a method called Inga Alley cropping. The Inga is a fast growing tree with roots that fix nitrogen, so it replenishes the soil in alley, cropping farmers plant Inga trees in rows. Their shade kills weeds and create space for planting maize or beans. Then the trees are pruned back so sunlight can reach the crops until harvest. New Can repeat the process the following year. The Inga's roots keep the soil rich, so the farmer does not need. Slash and burn moorland that means less carbon, pollution and less labor. Is, definitely transforming people's lives
Costa Rica latest country to legalize same-sex marriage
"Costa Rica became the first country in Central America to legalize same sex marriage amid the corona virus pandemic thousands of people watched there is need to our grass and Alexandria DO get married early in the morning as the first same sex couples to legally do so in Costa Rica Costa Rica supreme court of justice ruled in August two thousand eighteen the ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional and gave parliament eighteen months to legislate what the band would be automatically
Costa Rica celebrates first same-sex weddings
"Wrote Costa Rica has become the first country in Central America to legally recognize same sex marriage the move to marriage equality follows an August twenty eighteen ruling by the country's Constitutional Court which said laws preventing same sex marriage were unconstitutional cult couples celebrated the country's decision by holding weddings
Costa Rica celebrates first same-sex weddings
"Same sex couples in Costa Rica are now legally able to wed in the central American country as NPR's Carrie Kahn reports the first official wedding took place right after midnight when the ban on same sex marriage
Couple Met On Dating App Stuck Together In Costa Rica On Third Date
"Couple met on a dating app one of the couple dates and they go more Thursday would like each other let's gonna ship Costa Rica but then corona hit they've been stuck for sixty seven days on the third I think there are a couple that met on a dating app has been stuck in Costa Rica for more than two months after traveling the country on the third day
Leap, But Bring Your Own Net
"Hey guys welcome back. How are you how is it going? I hope you're hanging in there. It has been such a strange season. This whole twenty twenty thing. I can't believe it's already. May I just hope that you guys are doing well and staying positive? I know it's been hard. We are in very weird times right now so I just wanted to get back on here and just share with you guys a little bit about what I've been up to lately if you've been listening for any amount of time Or following me on social media for any amount of time you know that I love to lead group trips and specifically I lead trips every year to Patagonia and We've gone to Jordan we've got. We'RE GOING TO CROATIA THIS YEAR. As long as we are allowed to that trip is still on and the other thing that I have been doing with my group trips for the last couple of years is leading retreats. And I know you've heard me talk about Mary. Treat a little bit lately in recent episodes. This retreat is called. Bring your own net and it's about discovering the tools that you need to show up for yourself whenever you take a leap because guess what that net doesn't just appear got into that a little bit in the last episode in one of the blog posts that I wrote but I wanted to talk a little bit more about that retreat today and that is because it is actually happening. It's open right now for registration. It is may fourteenth to seventeenth so the doors are going to be open through May Twelfth. And you can find everything you need to know at traveling. Jackie DOT COM slash retreat. This is my first ever online version of the retreat that I've been leading for two years. I'm super excited about it. This has been a dream of mine ever since I started leading it in person to put it online. Actually this week I was supposed to be in Italy getting ready to lead it in person with some of you which really hurts my heart to think about but here we are and this is the next best thing so. I am so fortunate. Actually we are all very fortunate right now to live in an environment where we can create such events using digital media just like this podcast that you're listening to right now which have the power to really bring us together no matter where we physically maybe which a lot of us is still at home but today. I I wanNA tell you a little bit more about why. I'm doing this why I'm putting this retreat online. And what what it's really about and where it came from because that's something I've never really gotten into on this podcast Although it starts with my story and that is something I have gotten into on this show but just in case. You have not heard that because you have to go back kind of far too. Tino catch my story I'm GonNa just tell you a little bit about that today and just a little bit more about who I am and where I've come from and I some of You. You've actually been following this show for You know what we just. We just had our six year anniversary of this show which is crazy we. Are you know six years later? We're still going and I personally as your host. I've been through a lot in those six years and That's what we're GonNa Kinda talk about today and we're also going to hear in a little bit from two of the girls who have been on this retreat with me so going to try our best to give you an idea of what is going on with the. Bring Your own net retreat. So in case you don't know my background. This is something that I I usually share. I mean a lot when I'm interviewed on other people's podcasts. But as far as my own podcast. I don't really share my story anymore. So I'm going to kind of recap a little bit I started traveling internationally. When I was eighteen I went to Costa Rica study abroad for a year and that totally changed my life and I kept traveling after that I fell in love with travel and everything different new and I could not possibly go back to normal as I as I knew it to exist before and so I that was what really kicked off my Mike Vagabond years. I suppose Where I truly pursued travel as a lifestyle and after that year in Costa Rica. I studied abroad for a year in Italy I followed my passion to learn languages. I went and study abroad in Brazil as well. I backpacked through Central America. I ended up back in Europe. Living there. Travelling there was back and forth between Latin America and Europe. A lot during those years of basically my my university years and just after that and in two thousand twelve I got married and although I was still able to travel here and there You know my life was really different and I was kind of doing the adult things had a home and a dog and a partner and you know we were kind of doing the thing and then in two thousand thirteen is when I started blogging with the budget traveler and then the next year I started the podcast in two thousand fourteen and a lot of you guys have been here since then which is super cool You know I was in a different place. Then if you've heard all of this then you've really been with me through it all But in two thousand fifteen the year that I got a divorce and that year I decided to take my backpack and myself onto the road and I put some of my things in storage and I said goodbye to the life that I knew and that I had been building And I'm not going to get into the personal details of why all that happened. The important thing to know is that I needed to change. That was the bottom line. I needed to change my life and so this was the path that I took. I decided to hit the road by myself. And that turned out to be an incredible voyage of personal discovery for me that turned out to be me totally tearing all of myself down to the foundation and rebuilding even parts of my foundation. I needed to know what I was standing on. I needed to know what I was doing in this world and I didn't and I didn't have confidence in myself. I didn't think I was ever going to be okay with travelling alone. I never thought I was going to be content being on my own. There were so much that I was afraid of but what I knew was that I had to make a change and so this is what I did. I made the change. I took the leap I left and I pursued life on my own and it totally changed everything for me
"costa rica" Discussed on Get Sleepy
"costa rica" Discussed on Get Sleepy
"And prepares you enjoy your dinner quietly entertained by the sound of the crackling fire mixed with waves and distant cries in the jungle. His son is moments from setting. He's sit on the sand while you watch the sky transform. The clouds seemed to have lost their shape. The calming shades of blue. I replaced by bolder. Colors aren't bright. Pink Stanley fresh few moments. Before the mighty bull in the sky disappears beyond the horizon the ocean is calm and foaming slightly. After dinner he take a short walk to the Moon Knight Path. You had to the way he submerged your fee and will slay enjoying the APP and flower. Show.
"costa rica" Discussed on Get Sleepy
"It's made of steel and a safety mash going up to your waist. Where matlock suspension Cables Act as handrails? The guide walks out fast. You step onto the bridge with your hands running strong cable. It's quite stable rocks gently under your feet as you cross the bridge you stop. Look around to one side. Roque formation creates a billowing water for the water collecting a large pool and transforms quickly into a peaceful green river flowing under the bridge. Her bath blue sky shines with afternoon. Sun. It's the most design you've seen all day everywhere else. The jungle stretches as far as the eyes can see the hanging bridge gives you a different perspective of the magnificent forest. From here you can even see the upper canopy. Your friendly companion points out. Few spectacular forms of life colorful parents flying from tree to tree chatty to Kuhn's that appear to be smiling and a group of squirrel monkeys. The monkeys have Golden Brown coat.
"costa rica" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"What three words which you pick three words each for marital bliss here green is a rash would be another one and then my third room publicly bumpy. We call him. The Costa Rica massage above roads. I used to be a tour guide so we used to call him though our guys. This is Costa Rica massage and Jason. Three words towards for me. It's different because I'm from here. So it's about the three words about the streak. Well that was very friendly with choice. Were very friendly. Wait through with talk to everyone. We always help as much as we can. Also also streak. It's expensive very very as expensive now. Expensive compared to what to everywhere in prices here is very similar to the US Acting Costa Rica the second most expensive country in Latin America. I couldn't believe that I mean Nicaragua's very close from here so if I go to Nicaragua I can get a hotel for fifty dollars. A Very Nice Fidel Same Hotel he will cause on fifty dollars so for example. Do rent a car you can get an SUV average for one hundred dollars today for forty so it's very expensive is not because of the the business version of the enterpreneurs. WanNa make their own businesses. I will say that the country itself is very expensive. We have universal healthcare. Here sure I mean if you WanNa be an employer you pay a lot of taxes and you. Haven't you need to bail out of benefits? I mean it's very very expensive to run a business here. So the the owners of the business they need to transmit that term and then also the last one is that you will be safe here. I mean of course you hear. Accidents happen all over the world. You'll get romney been in the US. Sure that I will say that if you get sick if you get into an accident or if you have hard tachometer had been engaged where France the passed out so the Cologne ambulance. If they can do the hospitals we are very good at that health. Wise is good. I mean it's not the luxury hospital but a everyone will do whatever. Save Your Life or you know civilized society a very good doctor and hopefully we will not need them. The goal is to not neither mister make appropriate choices so we go to wrap this up. I'm going to send people to my Tan Feet Dot com to Sam and Jason's site. But if I want to send them to the most appropriate post for them and granted half the Times. I was looking for things as you were saying things. I was finding my ten feet dot com post. But if we want to send them to the best post sent him to where we're going to send them always say go to. It's my caffeine dot com slash destinations map. I think they're just go through this two nations Kency data any basically put it on the sidebar. Yeah over there. You have a good summary. We made a interactive map with all guides that we have written in posts about tours reviews and stuff like that and you can filter it by city destination guy be activity hotel and when you go there you will know why. I brought these two of all the people. I know the show about Costa Rica because they have written things about just about everything so I think you won't need to go elsewhere. So Sam and Jason. Thanks so much for coming on amateur traveler and sharing with us your obvious love for Costa Rica. Thank you for having us. Thank you Chris. And Yeah next time Yukon. Just let us now so we can take around the community. I want to thank all the Patriots on patrons who were supporting the show and especially give out. Thanks to three new patrons those are Tom Wiklund Grim Mason and Alistair Brown and I do want to tell you that. I know that things are getting tight right now. That some people losing their jobs. I'M NOT GONNA announce people who have to discontinue being a patron because their financial situation has changed so. Don't worry about that again. Thanks to all the Patriots who were supporting the show. Allaster said specifically that. Hi Chris thanks for the show's keeps me in touch with travel when I can't go anywhere yet. We're in fact all about virtual travel right now again. I heard from Jeff. Recently who said about Ecuador and Galapagos Ecuador and Galapagos was where we honeymoon thanks for bringing back memories felt. The episode was a little short. Jeff wanted to add that you should visit the Equator Monument. Outside Kito and that you should take any folkloric performance at the Sukree Theater in Kito and also suggested Cotopaxi is the town of Umberto which has one of the world's Strangest Museum the was Al D. C. N. Ceus neutralize a mishmash of cultural natural history with everything from human fetus to a stuffed domestic dog and two headed chickens. Well so if you're looking for two headed chickens you now know where to go with that we're going to end this episode of amateur traveller if you have any questions sent an email to host at amateur traveler dot com or better yet. Leave a comment on this episode at Amateur Traveler Dot Com. And thanks so much for listening..
"costa rica" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"To SCHRIMM. So whenever I I'm in a seafood place I always ask. Please do not cook on the same pan-eu Cook you know my face. Those kind of basic things. There are subverting necessary. Here I would say for the allergy thing especially if you have one a severe. Sita's casillas very severely allergic to shrimp is to learn more. Say or write it down in Spanish. Have it written down in? Spanish is a good idea. Even though Costa Rica is a terrific country you will see signs in English and you will be noticed like Oh my God all speaks English. Whatever like not ever Costa Rican speaks fluent English. And don't assume that everybody does even if you're gonNA trysted area. It is always good to have it written down especially when something bad important exactly another allies will be the beep patient. You need to be patient here even for me is sometimes it's hard driving. Driving we are Costa Rica's we are very friendly but sometimes service is. We're getting better especially in the government services. Don't expect the same efficiency as you find on North America. You want officiency good at Germany or Switzerland. Don't cut across Rico. They close the Switzerland of central. America will have an army patrols around army yet that makes us race. Butler and we believe it ended up with terms of the itinerary. Talking about Manuel. Antonio are there any other itinerary items you WANNA put or? Did we wrap that up with that? He'll have one week and includes flying date. Don't try to go. To so many destinations don't do they. Are there to there. You will find driving Cobbling it always takes. Longer than what your. Gps will tell you your higher self foul or maybe really like somewhere. You wish you spent more time. I personally like slow travel in so I like to spend a little bit more time to get to know a place rather than two hours here when our there whatever? And you can't drive coast-to-coast in one day. They don't work amend it. I think just for one week is small town of time. But it's enough time where you can get to know to destinations really well. And he won't tire yourself out. You're not going to need another vacation from your vacation. Your family can really enjoy especially you need to take into account you. You're traveling with kids. You know maybe kids will be to tire. You WanNA drive five hours every other day as well for me one week bats like a good day for me and independent like when your flight is out of San Jose you leave the morning. The day of your fly or can leave the day before Because of the airport the airport isn't right in San Jose either. It's a lot of town. I think we stayed in. The airport is located in the province of Allah. Yup their thing is everything is so closed. Hear her thirty minutes from the airport to down. Jose give or take a traffic. The I found Leila was a great place to stay the first. We came in and also the last night. I think that we were on the way out because it was right by the airport in San Jose Airport is. There's a ton of airport hotels around in a lot of them. How free shuttle COP BREAKFAST? So there's a lot of options excellent well as we start to get to some of our. Wrap up questions if you were in the prettiest spot in Costa Rica where he is standing on. What are you looking at two? And they're seriously like both at the top. Sam Your Friend. You can have to sleep okay. Well for me there waterfalls okay. I'm a girl and I love beaches and everything but for me. I like more mountain landscapes in rainforest so the top two for me for the prettiest places that I've been to in Costa Rica. Is The del Toro Waterfall in host. Taro Embryo Seles Day in Bohol. Gua can actually dig one day trip thrown If you WANNA spend a full day on going to Rio. Celeste is a bluer sky. Blue River in the Norio Lucchino National Park is actually not the only St Louis Ver- in Costa Rica but it's the most accessible and the waterfall. It's breathtaking. It's you look at it in photos any something that's real but when you see it with your own eyes you still can't believe it's real good really is real. And it's so picturesque. It's legend that they have that the locals have is that God dipped his paintbrush into this river while he was painting the sky. And that's why the river sky blue and it's beautiful river in. They have a waterfall surrounded by lush rainforests. And you can hike down to the waterfall and then you can hike the rest of the river and you can see the Union of two rivers which is where the beginning of that skied in color comes from Pretty spectacular to see in the in the Del Toro. Waterfall is two hundred seven be for waterfall in an extinct volcano crater in this little tiny town called. Bob Host Toro in this little tiny town is surrounded by two National Parks Apostle Keno National Park in one Castro and so the will Kino's in that area. There are so many waterfalls bottles of Torah in a lot of actually also sky blue but del Toro is so beautiful like others of the extinct volcano and how tall the waterfall is in beautiful gardens? That are all around. That's another favorite of mine. Excellent Jason. Do you have a different answer for me? I Like I love water so I will say down my favorite place in Costa Rica without a doubt is by by taking a boat trip on the bed. Bug All is my number one. That's actually where we take France where we if you come to visit US quiz. We'll take you. There is little Gulf called up by your goal. Were there is a lot of both only access. If you can book through the Mount then you can go. But it's always an accident people get there but now we're way up in the North West corner the corner close to Nicaragua. Yeah actually we live. That marina were close with them Marino. One of the reasons why we didn't like some wanna costume. Only one week airy is that we don't recommend so much driving if you go to different locations if you come here one Augusta everything is I mean. You have to spend the whole week here. I mean that's what we will recommend maybe four days here in two days someone else but I still. Everything is is far here. Unlike the balance that you did of half the time in the mountains half the time of the beach there are as we said some options for the mountains and there are some options for the beach as well so instead of going down to men while San Antonio we could have gone up here we could have gone into the corporate peninsula but I did like that balance of the mixture of the two. Unless of course you're somebody who really just loves mountains or really just loves beaches. Maybe one of the reasons why we choose those two locations as for the week. Eighteen Harry is broadcast is because you can find everything there for families for couples by Solar Fowler's so as just is the Lord munching drive is easy transportation methods. Of course you. Can you know come through when accustomed to the south than go to the meal cashier? I go back and go to the other sites. Of course you can do that. I mean there's no problem actually you will find a lot of pre made itineraries or you can buy a whole package. At the seven days packages Sherpa techniques packages. We have done does with another company that we work and to be honest. It's very very very tiring right job. Driving seven hours remember. Go go go in and as you will to your hotel at maybe seven. Pm The guys UK's tomorrow mortgage at five am. You aren't shaving. I understand why people do the packages in probably there. Are that make that can tailor it or for the pre made one. We did to be honest. I got really frustrated in the last three days. 'cause we were driving six hours and then he's GonNa have the park. And then that's it is the Ron Yeats. Everything was laid this normal. That's how it is in. Some people. Love it they just WanNa go and go over as much as possible. I mean go for it. That's what you WANNA do. See that I'm going to go to Costa Rica and I'm GonNa hit a lot of different spots. I'm GonNa do that in an UN cruise along the coast and let somebody else do all driving on the boat so you WanNa be driving that way in there some areas. Where in Guanacaste say? It's far like to get from one place to another. It's it's a lot of driving and public. Transportation is not very good here but is recommended to get a high car because some of the destinations beaches wanNA custody still bearing rule so he wanted to explore all. You're going need to do a lot of research or on the other. Having gone custody you can also find the most inclusive resorts so you can do it. That way or you can come here to Brio for example that you don't even feel the during Costa Rica. Get OUT OF THE PLANE. Very Airport. Shuttle used to your to your inclusive. You're stayed there for a week. You gain ten pounds the useful bag. You don't even notice that you were English. Regan people live longer. That's they're looking for less fully. Find this 'cause that that is an option here. They do a day trip here and there each but they just wanna eat relax and not think about having to do anything well. I'm going to start to wrap this up. I've got two more questions for you. What is one thing that makes you laugh and say only in Costa Rica? I remember there was one time where I went to take a nap because I was not feeling well. I woke up to an earthquake in that I walked outside my room and there was a sloth claiming on the tree right in front of my hotel room sauce clip go through nurse. Waken sees loss all of the same time span of ten minutes. That was a good customer experience also to ristic wise. I mean also note probably not only in Costa Rica but few world. Ju Can Change Jurors surrenders very quickly. We are right now here. I mean like in this area where we live is surfing down. We are in the dry season so known everything is Brown so we can just drive to two and a half hours and then we can be Dwayne with everything. Intense Green Waterfalls and twenty degrees below and Celsius Dobie like fifteen Fahrenheit. I duNno bus from thirty. Eight to sixteen let. Actually that's happened early this week to us so I will say that we have a lot of micro weather's so if you get tired of the heat us go drive three hours to some this nation and you can just go to city. Everything is very close and he's a big change. Excellent if you had to summarize Costa Rica in just three words.
"costa rica" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"It's not coming straight into the beach but it's coming across the beach more from the surfer point of view when you're catching the wave. The waves break selassie. You catch the wave and turn to laugh. Surf laughed so you're pretty much going parallel on the beach. But going less you serve the face of the of the way. Menarini wave yet so you took stay out before I distracted you to Manuel Antonio on Ios another really good destination for first time. Chandler's families because it's very convenient like seven four lots of hotels at different price points. A lot of restaurants good access good road and they have minimal tonio national park which is now most visited National Park in Costa Rica and it was named by Forbes back in two thousand twelve as one of the most beautiful national parks in the world. Even though it's a small natural park in Costa Rica. Okay it is. Yeah and it's actually. The second most visited National Park in all of Latin America including South America after much would be Jewish. Okay this park is really really good for wildlife and has excellent hiking and some really nice beaches so a lot of people like to go there too while some people like to hike. Some people just want to the beach. Some people take a guided tour so that the guy can point out wildlife and share information about the flora and fauna. There and you can do a lot of other activities very similar to offer Tina beach so you can do sailing tour on boats. They have whale-watching when it's in the season and the season would be in the February or end November. When is the season in Costa Rica has the longest humpback whale watching season in the world? Set the best time to see them would be like November in the minimum Tonio area. Bear on our end of January to March. But it's not as good as August. September yet do ocean kayaking many beaches in the area. You can visit. There's a main growth. That is really nice steak and take a boat tour or go kayaking swap main girl with the estuary. Okay and you you say. Good hiking favorite hike in Manuel Antonio well. The National Park has excellent hiking. So what most people do from. My personal experiences is end. This is what the guided tourists due to go on the main trail which is what they call the sloth trail and they sue playa minimal tonio. Ab thirty minutes and they do that loop so they want from entrance to that beach and then they walk around the other side. What will miss out if you really liking is at the park has four other awesome trails that lead around the really nice viewpoints and when I went hiking I went there by myself once and the park was really really crowded because this park is very popular so it gets really crowded especially on that main trail by veered off. I went on to the last Himalayas and the Poon Joe Trail by myself and I will be only one there. Nobody WANTS TO KNOW HIKE. All the way up there and it's not that hard in the views are beautiful so you're hiking way down to the southern tip of the park actually goes to the northern side hopes. Yeah so the Northern Park. I don't know a lot of people don't do it because they go swimming or Alexa V or not. Want to walk that much. Will you mentioned crowds? Should ask the question of what do you think is the best time to come to Costa Rica? I mean personally as a local. I preferred to rainy sees okay. Why rainy because rainy season here. It is actually Nice on a cold wet rain for us for rainy season. Is You have a beautiful morning and then you got two hours rain in the afternoon which is actually very nice and Winnie is the rainy season. I don't know that it did hence right now but I will say that you can come up culver. November for me doesn't two favorite months even the middle of September to the end of November. That's for me. That's the best time to come while there's no crowds at all because summer on the North America. Well everything's cheaper way. Cheaper prices go down because we'll Green season instead of low season. But it's Colo season pretty much Find everything you don't have to make lines for everything to save money for me. The most important is that everything is so great. I mean if by any chance we got a storm coming because in a way I can get tropical storm whenever you hear a storm in Cuba or the Caribbean site. Sometimes we get affected. We have never been heaped. Decling mean few years ago we got one but it was a big definitely. You have the chance dumb. The green season in. I just don't know about when rainy season is because by dishes at it does vary for the country but on average end of April beginning of May till about beginning December. But they also have we also in July. I would call a little summer. Where dries up a little? It doesn't rain for weeks in. It's like summer. Let's call little summer for all of the country except the Caribbean side. The Caribbean side follows a different weather. Pattern is humid there all year long and their rice month is usually October but it can rain all year long. So it's the Caribbean they. They have different lanes and all that stuff over there so they have a more temperate but year round possible rainfall in. October is the best month there. Recently weather has been changing here. We got fade on January. We live on the North Pacific part of the country. Dry Dry spot of the country potus areas of rain on January. Never I never seen that. Oh my God. It's super weird so whether it's been changing here do whatever park you go to the guides are GonNa del all. We used to have this suspicious here. The main dialing this time known evidence moving or Germ Eastleigh very clear. When rainy season was dry. Season was now all Mesh together because there are no clear cut off anymore. Even February Coleraine Mineral Tonio. We'd been there before it clothing everywhere. I stopped in the Caribbean side and lemon and then went up to Parque Nacional Guera when I was cruise for my anniversary one time we went down to Panama. On our way back we stopped in Costa Rica and went up and saw the national park there and we stopped in a rainforest on the way which it was raining. Which people in my bus did complain about? But I believe they get three hundred inches of rain a year or something like that and and part of the coast so I mean a lot of rain. I don't remember exactly three hundred but it was. It was one of those. How can you complain about going to rainforest and finding rain so we also have so many interesting complaints that I'm saving them for a book? Smell even the customer has troppled country. People have this idea that it's super hot and sunny all the time but it is a tropical country. There's a reason it's green. Yeah it rains here in hard well let me ask you this. So we talked about for instance. Make sure that you know whether you can drive all the way to your airbnb or whatever. Are there any other warnings that you would give people just so? They're better prepared for Costa Rica. I mean I have a law I would. My pants are definitely the one that we just mentioned. Goes checking your final destinations in the access if can't afford to rent. Suv need to consider changing your destinations oil mode of transportation. Second ONE IF YOU'RE COMING RAINY SEASON COM prepared with appropriate quarter. Do not throw Fox in shorts in your backpack. You're going to need a waterproof rain jacket. You have expensive camera equipment. You need to bring real waterproof backpack in. I say this from personal experience and losing by hundred bikes from not having real waterproof by back in their mosquitoes. Here mosquito so we need to be prepared for that in. Please put on sunscreen. Always see tourists. They come on the first saying. I think I'll like it winner back home. I'm probably GONNA get some Sun so you don't put on sunscreen our in the gift. Burt toast and in pain for the rest of their trip and I would like to mock people for that. If I had not been one of those we learn from experience in part of the reason is I was on a rafting trip. And you stay cool. Don't realize how much son you're getting exactly the only eight to twelve degrees of the equator. Even when you're in the cloud horse get fifteen hundred meters in origin or that much closer to the sun and you can still get in so. I always emphasize people. Please bring sunscreen. One of my friends came to visit me and her friend got so burn on her first a second day that she couldn't even sleep on her back or her front or anything in she'll just miserable arrest of the time you know. They think that just one apply will ask this thing that I just need to put ten. I'm GonNa Tan and then o'byrne kill off and I'll be ten five but it doesn't work that way when the sun is so and. I think I was smart enough to wear a shirt but I burn my legs. I just wasn't I wasn't paying attention so it is easy to do. You Burn your niece too. Yep probably hear hearts the EH. That's a classic. Do you have any tips? Well it depends well if you come with kids so if you have any food allergy. We are learning a little bit more about. Us eats now that I work in tourism. I targeting oldest requirements that you need to travel so for example here. If you need to go to be taking your medications on everything they know the probably. This is very common advice but a lot of people. They try to go to the pharmacy here and they asked for the brand name of the medication. They need. It may not have that brand name there you need another generic basic things things that you will do that. Streak Gore any other CON- three same with food. I mean if you have a lot of allergies bureau allergic to my case. I'm allergic.
"costa rica" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"Maybe to other places. I would recommend it because it is. They say the number one tourist destination in Costa Rica in so the infrastructure. Everything is very nice very convenient and set up for tourists so that does give the very tourist vibe. If somebody wants to experience something a little bit more rural little less tourist state. There are two really good destinations. That offer similar activities in things will WANNA miss will not a town. Actually it's cantoned yes. district got an English. What he's lawyers in Switzerland? We would say they have cantons so that is an English word. Yeah and it's called therapy and it's actually our from offer. Tina and they offer very similar activities. They have really good Whitewater rafting. They have chocolate tours. They have pineapple tours. They have a lot of good birding and nature and it's definitely for travelers who want something a little bit off the beaten path not estrus steak more rule the local culture farming experience there one of the two destinations in Costa Rica along with starchy. That has the sustainable certification from Acrobat in Germany and so it's a popular destination for a lot of European travellers and the locals are very focused on the sustainability. And everything like that. So it's a great way for anyone who wants to experience more of that in streak in the in another alternative destination would definitely be Monteverde. They don't offer quite as many things as Latina but they still have really really good. Zip-lining excellent zip-lining. They also have horseback riding. They have waterfalls canyoning. Excellent bird watching one of the best places for birdwatching. Costa Rica Hiking. Well I laugh when you see planning. I do agree. We've done the zip-lining in Costa Rica. We did only get halfway though before. It seemed like a good idea to get down off the trees because a thunderstorm came in so one of these days. I'm going to go back and I'm going to finish the zip-lining in Monteverde. Yeah we will thank you thank you. We have a couple of good options. Yeah we actually just came back from Zip lining now the one thing I would say when I was there now I was there a few years ago. It would behoove you if you're going to Monteverde that if you're renting a car you rent a four wheel drive that is something you actually Samantha said. We just went like few days ago. Four or five days ago. Because you know we always visiting downs. That's actually one new road. Which is one hundred percent? Yep Okay Yeah is the route number six six locals. We call this Saturday now route. If you're using your phone I mean waste is the way to go here is similar to Google maps ways. Works better here. Will their own by Google. Also I mean the new road is how the percents faith but once you get into. Monteverde this advice that we always give to all our readers is that you can get with us down if you want to with a combat guard him on the reading but once you get to town please make sure that you hotel AIRBNB or rental place. As normal axis the thing is also ninety percent of their. Bnb's is four by four axes or even some hotels are on top of all the heels. So that is a very distinct that we assist. Our readers is that they they read somewhere that road to Monteverde imperfectly lesions. So but one thing gets you. Yeah man I mean it's true you get over there but then go the extra mile do some research about VR. Get into hotel sending a Nemo delay. How's the access to different? Tell now that we're talking about Monteverde. If you go to some of the reserves to we'd recommend you have a today they get through with transportation because the roads do the some resorts there still gravel. Sure well it wasn't even that it was gravel when I did it. It was gravel and it was after the rainy season. And of course it's a rainforest so a lot of rain so it was gravel with great big ruts in it that happens over Costa Rica. And he's a very comedy if you're renting a car. Always check your final destination. We have had so many endless from people to go to south of Costa Rica Area that you could get to beat the but then everything is heels gravel and rain have been in situations trying to find that tow trucks got to again. Let's try and avoid that. Yeah excellent so we talked about La Fortuna and Monteverde. Where do we want to go next so after a few nights offer? Tina the next destination I usually recommend to. People is men while Tonio because amendment tonio get beautiful beaches a lot more nature. Good hiking in minimal. Tonal is very similar to offer tuna in the sense that it is very set up for tourists. There's a lot of hotels a lot of restaurants. The road is paved all the way. They're confined everything from a really cheap bed in a hostile to something really really expensive in luxury. Adult only in Mineral Tonio. We'll say minimal Antonio is the road there we're going almost all the way across the country. The things that I remember very small thousand square kilometers like dirty six thousand square miles. Yeah Yeah just bring that up. Because if people look at their map across the country but it's not a big country drive coast to coast in a day. I mean honestly you consider saucer. I mean you can read the sunrise and sunset on the same day if a long dry law. Fortuna two men will tonio. You're taking it slow for bathroom. Breaks and stuff like that. It'll take grown five hours so that you can turn that travel day into a little bit of sight see and you can stop at other areas can stop in. Hakko and you can have much in. How Co which has great restaurants and you can check out the surfing beach there. You can do some sightseeing along the way. Now I think of more of the surfing beaches as more further north and west. Mit obsolete. In terms of my knowledge there are surfing beaches on both sides of the Costa Costa Rica. And there's a lot of good surfing beaches off in the Pacific Northwest Coast in Guanacaste stay in equipments La but in the South Hakoah Excellent Surfing beach or most right next to the Hawk owes an excellent surfing beach in. It's known as the National Surfing Stadium. And then you can actually also serve a minimum tonio. If you go forty minutes south of Mental Tony Hit Dominica. L- in Dominica Excellent Surfing Beach. And then if you go to the Osa peninsula you have a lot of good surfing down there like math Apollo backwash. Those beaches are very good very very for rich bubble on his young having for for Jacqueline Pavonis. Costa your little secret but it's getting more and more do not know Pavonis where's Pavonis. It is in the very south of custodian the gold dosing area. It's not in Osa peninsula but on the other side and it's got it. Yes very close to the Panama. It's very popular for surfers. Because there's not too much they're not a surfer and it had one of the longest left hand waves in the world so there for mid half shows how little I know about surfing. What is a left hand? Wave going? Left's okay.
"costa rica" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"The amateur traveler talks about volcanoes and rainforests Whitewater rafting and zip lines bird-watching beaches and Slavs as we go to Costa Rica. Welcome to the amateur traveler. I'm your host Chris Christensen before we get into this week's episode. I do want to say something about the corona virus epidemic. Which is what's going on as I record this. I also put this in the amateur traveler facebook group but I know that. Not all of your in there. I want you to know what my plan is. So many of you I am sheltering in place and I am not traveling because it's the right thing to do these days but I won't be blogging and podcasting about coveted Nineteen Ama- traveler. I'm not a medical expert. You don't need my opinion. We did do one episode of this week and travel. Because it's news but that's really all I'm going to do about this and I'm really of the opinion that this will get better. I don't know how long but sometime we will get back to work. And things will return to normal and travel will return to normal whatever normal looks like and so. I'm going to be looking ahead. I'm going to be helping you dream of better days. I know for some of you. That's not what you're looking for now. If you unsubscribe because this isn't the right time for you to be thinking about travel no problem. I understand but that's what we're going to be doing here and I just didn't want to catch you by surprise it's not that I'm totally clueless about what's going on that being said. Let's talk about Costa Rica. I'd like to welcome the show. Sam and Jason. From my ten feet dot com who've come talk to us about Costa Rica Salmon and Jason. Welcome to the show. Hello Chris Thank you for having us and Salmon Jason our friends. I think we met in Philippines on a press trip. I WANNA say ten years ago so I don't remember exactly when we met the first time but someone actually pitched me doing Costa Rica but two of the bloggers that I know. Who are the experts on? Costa Rica Are Salmon? Jason and they make a living basically from this and from helping people figure out what to do in Costa Rica's so let's start with the obvious. Why should someone go to Costa Rica? Costa Rica offers a lot of things to do for people who want to experience nature because Costa Rica's known as a very ECO friendly sustainable destination. It's very green country in every sense of that word yes exactly. They protect over twenty five percent of their land actually in so for anyone who wants to experience nature whether they love I watching or hiking or even a beach vacation to see a volcano experienced rainforest particularly has got it all in that sense and when it comes to countries in Central America Latin America is very safe. It's very popular for travelers in the US in now more in Europe and they're very friendly people in they're very welcoming so Costa Rica's even a destination for people who have never been outside traveled internationally because of the excellent. And what kind of are you going to recommend for someone who let's say it's their first time in Costa Rica? I most people they land in San Jose. International Airport in this is because this is the biggest international airport so they have more flights schedules. And then for the first time itinerary something I would really recommend is and then you go to Fortuna I in La. Fortuna is a city what they call northern lowlands and it is home to the. Arina volcano very close to lake are now which is the biggest man-made Lake in Costa Rica and also a lot of rainforest around and so a lot for tonight is known as the adventure capital of Costa. And you can do pretty much all the adventures you could once. They're so whitewater rafting canyoning zip-lining very popular hiking because of the rainforest is nature. There's a lot of wildlife can see a lot of birds monkeys and floss and it's a very good destination for families or for Solo travelers. Because you find everything from ten dollars. Abed a night till eight hundred dollars a night so you have super budget to the super luxury. We'll I in. This is what we did when we were in Costa Rica. The first time you didn't stop us in San Jose to do anything and that is pretty typical for Costa Rican itineraries. Well craze the reason why well Waco streak is. We don't do that well. Actually the government is trying to make the capital Prettier Bad the truth is that the traffic is terrible. Whenever you work the tourism industry you don't one on a generic going through San Jose because traffic jams are getting very bad. I believe that every single city on the world is having this problem so ideas or packages that you find like San Jose jewel probably stay one or two nights and then you might see one or two activities on the whole day and I will say the main reason is the traffic well and I was not surprised that you did not suggest that but I did want to point it out because somebody may be looking at an itinerary that somebody else creates for them and I wanted them to know the difference. Well now that you mentioned that this is actually something that I have noticed. Recently especially with people from Mexico. We got a lot of direct flights from Mexico in a notice that a lot of Mexicans in some sense they liked to stay in San Jose and they do a lot of one day. Trips is a lot of time on the buzz things that I don't actually recommend by opinion is a waste of time. I mean if you WANNA go to a game is not fun to spend four hours in the boss three hours and then go back for our sped. Believe it or not. This is a new thing we saw last year so meant that I was with a lot of people asking in. Actually we work with companies that do one day tours and many people they liked to be in bosses nowadays. I don't know whoever's listening to this podcast if you love to stay in a positive things house in one day trips but we don't recommend you to do that. The only things that I can think of that are close enough that I would do that. As there's a couple of the coffee plantations that I think are close and the river rafting in that area is fairly close to center. Say but I can't think of anything else that I really would want to see in Costa Rica. That San Jose would be where I would base myself. I think it's a lot of people they come to Experienced two major because it doesn't really sell itself it city city life economic in the city. They do have some nice cultural sites. They have a national theatre. They have a few really nice museums. But it's so small. It's not a big city so honestly see the city in a day and you can go to the neighborhood. That has a lot of good restaurants. You can get really good feel for in just one day and you don't need more than that really as if you were in New York City Madrid or not as much to do which I think is part of the reason why a lot of Timorese. Un in San Jose many sleeve. Right away yeah. I don't think I've been in San Jose. Costa Rica twice. So yeah so unless if you are dying like really really keen on experiencing city life you really don't have much time and something to mention Kristie. You mentioned the Quad River. Which is the most popular Whitewater rafting? The we have here in Costa Rica. A lot of people what they do is they take that tour as a way of transportation so for example. If you're planning to go to La Fortuna or you're planning to three Korean site so he's very very very common people book the Touri- Apple say but they ask to be drop off either for tuna or decree inside or they can bring you back to say but that will save you now your dad with many other attractions if you go to well. In this case the EPA quad as is closer Korean site. So from that location you can go through two different locations so the Costa Rican tourism industry. They know that so. What they do is is that it's transferred tour with four or five hours activities. Very bubbler any works very well here. Sure can do. The two are from laugher tuna or the Caribbean works. Both ways so very much like you can take a whole day for instead of traveling traveling in rafting brand. And we've done to shows I should say to other episodes.
Travel to Costa Rica
"To the amateur traveler. I'm your host Chris Christensen before we get into this week's episode. I do want to say something about the corona virus epidemic. Which is what's going on as I record this. I also put this in the amateur traveler facebook group but I know that. Not all of your in there. I want you to know what my plan is. So many of you I am sheltering in place and I am not traveling because it's the right thing to do these days but I won't be blogging and podcasting about coveted Nineteen Ama- traveler. I'm not a medical expert. You don't need my opinion. We did do one episode of this week and travel. Because it's news but that's really all I'm going to do about this and I'm really of the opinion that this will get better. I don't know how long but sometime we will get back to work. And things will return to normal and travel will return to normal whatever normal looks like and so. I'm going to be looking ahead. I'm going to be helping you dream of better days. I know for some of you. That's not what you're looking for now. If you unsubscribe because this isn't the right time for you to be thinking about travel no problem. I understand but that's what we're going to be doing here and I just didn't want to catch you by surprise it's not that I'm totally clueless about what's going on that being said. Let's talk about Costa Rica. I'd like to welcome the show. Sam and Jason. From my ten feet dot com who've come talk to us about Costa Rica Salmon and Jason. Welcome to the show. Hello Chris Thank you for having us and Salmon Jason our friends. I think we met in Philippines on a press trip. I WANNA say ten years ago so I don't remember exactly when we met the first time but someone actually pitched me doing Costa Rica but two of the bloggers that I know. Who are the experts on? Costa Rica Are Salmon? Jason and they make a living basically from this and from helping people figure out what to do in Costa Rica's so let's start with the obvious. Why should someone go to Costa Rica? Costa Rica offers a lot of things to do for people who want to experience nature because Costa Rica's known as a very ECO friendly sustainable destination. It's very green country in every sense of that word yes exactly. They protect over twenty five percent of their land actually in so for anyone who wants to experience nature whether they love I watching or hiking or even a beach vacation to see a volcano experienced rainforest particularly has got it all in that sense and when it comes to countries in Central America Latin America is very safe. It's very popular for travelers in the US in now more in Europe and they're very friendly people in they're very welcoming so Costa Rica's even a destination for people who have never been outside traveled internationally because of the excellent. And what kind of are you going to recommend for someone who let's say it's their first time in Costa Rica? I most people they land in San Jose. International Airport in this is because this is the biggest international airport so they have more flights schedules. And then for the first time itinerary something I would really recommend is and then you go to Fortuna I in La. Fortuna is a city what they call northern lowlands and it is home to the. Arina volcano very close to lake are now which is the biggest man-made Lake in Costa Rica and also a lot of rainforest around and so a lot for tonight is known as the adventure capital of Costa. And you can do pretty much all the adventures you could once. They're so whitewater rafting canyoning zip-lining very popular hiking because of the rainforest is nature. There's a lot of wildlife can see a lot of birds monkeys and floss and it's a very good destination for families or for Solo travelers. Because you find everything from ten dollars. Abed a night till eight hundred dollars a night so you have super budget to the super luxury. We'll I in. This is what we did when we were in Costa Rica. The first time you didn't stop us in San Jose to do anything and that is pretty typical for Costa Rican itineraries. Well craze the reason why well Waco streak is. We don't do that well. Actually the government is trying to make the capital Prettier Bad the truth is that the traffic is terrible. Whenever you work the tourism industry you don't one on a generic going through San Jose because traffic jams are getting very bad. I believe that every single city on the world is having this problem so ideas or packages that you find like San Jose jewel probably stay one or two nights and then you might see one or two activities on the whole day and I will say the main reason is the traffic well and I was not surprised that you did not suggest that but I did want to point it out because somebody may be looking at an itinerary that somebody else creates for them and I wanted them to know the difference. Well now that you mentioned that this is actually something that I have noticed. Recently especially with people from Mexico. We got a lot of direct flights from Mexico in a notice that a lot of Mexicans in some sense they liked to stay in San Jose and they do a lot of one day. Trips is a lot of time on the buzz things that I don't actually recommend by opinion is a waste of time. I mean if you WANNA go to a game is not fun to spend four hours in the boss three hours and then go back for our sped. Believe it or not. This is a new thing we saw last year so meant that I was with a lot of people asking in. Actually we work with companies that do one day tours and many people they liked to be in bosses nowadays. I don't know whoever's listening to this podcast if you love to stay in a positive things house in one day trips but we don't recommend you to do that. The only things that I can think of that are close enough that I would do that. As there's a couple of the coffee plantations that I think are close and the river rafting in that area is fairly close to center. Say but I can't think of anything else that I really would want to see in Costa Rica. That San Jose would be where I would base myself. I think it's a lot of people they come to Experienced two major because it doesn't really sell itself it city city life economic in the city. They do have some nice cultural sites. They have a national theatre. They have a few really nice museums. But it's so small. It's not a big city so honestly see the city in a day and you can go to the neighborhood. That has a lot of good restaurants. You can get really good feel for in just one day and you don't need more than that really as if you were in New York City Madrid or not as much to do which I think is part of the reason why a lot of Timorese. Un in San Jose many sleeve. Right away yeah. I don't think I've been in San Jose. Costa Rica twice. So yeah so unless if you are dying like really really keen on experiencing city life you really don't have much time and something to mention Kristie. You mentioned the Quad River. Which is the most popular Whitewater rafting? The we have here in Costa Rica. A lot of people what they do is they take that tour as a way of transportation so for example. If you're planning to go to La Fortuna or you're planning to three Korean site so he's very very very common people book the Touri- Apple say but they ask to be drop off either for tuna or decree inside or they can bring you back to say but that will save you now your dad with many other attractions if you go to well. In this case the EPA quad as is closer Korean site. So from that location you can go through two different locations so the Costa Rican tourism industry. They know that so. What they do is is that it's transferred tour with four or five hours activities. Very bubbler any works very well here. Sure can do. The two are from laugher tuna or the Caribbean works. Both ways so very much like you can take a whole day for instead of traveling traveling in rafting
Exploring The Canopy With 'TreeTop Barbie'
"Hey everybody matty Safai. Here was shortwave reporter. Emily Kwong today. We thought you might appreciate a little joy in your life especially now that's right here on short wave we want to bring you up. Does it explain what's happening with the corona virus but also episodes that feature other interesting science like this one from the very first week of shortwave. It's probably one of my favorites. Oh yeah mine too. It's got rain. Forests SLINGSHOTS A DECADE-LONG CONFLICT WITH BIG Barbie bad gets rope burn. Let's not love the rope? Burn Kwong it's clearly the roburt. These are the sacrifices you make manny right onto the show enjoy. You're listening to shortwave from. Npr One day this past summer I got to visit a rainforest. Okay that's licorice fern. That is the scientific name. Is Paula podium vulgarity? Ecologist NENAD CARNEY. This is called sledge. This is called Club Moss. It's actually very primitive Plant leaning has been studying in exploring ecosystems like this for thirty five years. Okay so that is called Bikram. That's another species of Moss. I like to call it pledging moss. Just because it's so soft and so please so much like a little pillow. Here's Flynn's this is recommend trim. There's like three four different species of MOSS RIGHT THERE. Couple other things about this rainforest. You're probably thinking rainforests so tropics now. We were in the Pacific Northwest Olympic National Forest in Washington state and it's called a temperate rainforest A. Rainforest because we get it's characterized by having a lot of rainfall there about one hundred twenty inches a brain a year. The other thing about this trip to the forest. Is that all these plants so see how soft these mosses are yes. Don't you just WanNa sleep on them? Yeah all of new weenies. Decades-long work. Okay I'M GONNA come up side by side with you. All of it is about wow sixty feet off the ground for many. This is awesome awesome. This is called the canopy pretty much everything above the forest floor all the way up to the tops of the trees. Come up with me now. Little Rope canopy. Here is a dizzying thicket of bright green leaves and Mosses and ferns all bathed in sunlight. And we knew very little about it because the canopy is literally called the last biotic frontier. It's been so poorly studied. It really aren't very many people who studied the canopy. Feel like when you say. The last biotic frontier should look off into the distance. Ready to the last biotic frontier so today on the show pioneering scientists Malini non Carney on the canopy plus a little later on in the episode weenies decades. Long fight to get more women into science. And how she found unlikely ally in Barbie. Yeah I thought it was weird too. It's not that we're the sticker up and you're listening to shortwave from NPR. Alright so let's back up down back on the ground in Olympic national forest. Malini told me that in the grand scheme of things canopy sciences. Actually PRETTY NEW. People have been studying forest for centuries but it's only been in the last twenty twenty five thirty years that people have actually climbed up into the forest canopy to understand the environment up in the tree tops. One of the hurdles for scientists was literally just figuring out how to get up to the tops of the trees so noelene a few friends figured out a way to adapt some mountain climbing techniques to get up into the canopy and that means shooting ropes into the trees. So I invented this thing called the master caster which is metal rod and we welded it so it has this little hole here for the line. Basically this master caster thing is part fishing. Rod Part slingshot. This looks like a garage sale. A fourteen year old boy's dream could both and and so with a fishing weight loaded into the slingshot. So I'm thinking right up there. Malini cast masterfully. You we set the ropes now on your weight on this got harnessed in step down and then started the long hard process of inching up the road. You're going to go into a crouch and lift your legs up. That's kind of like a caterpillar and then San exactly you. Well you know. I've got to kind of over. The course of her career researching canopies in the Pacific northwest as well as in the forest of Costa Rica. Malini has documented all kinds of things about the canopy sixty feet up this giant maple tree. She shows me one of the cooler ones. Just looking at the underside of these mosses like. There's this canopy soil Allowing Dig Samat over here. Malini peels back a thick fistful of Moss from the branch on the tree. Instead of bark we're looking at tightly packed bed of Brown dirt. I mean that has actual soil that is basically composed of the dead and decomposing. Moss's that live up here and there are like earthworms that live up. Here are a big round up exactly. It's called into canopy soil. Wow look at that. And it's a weird you know you hear smelling the soil smell. But you're you know you're up sixty feet above the forest floor. So it's it's this sort of whole world that the canopy creates they're living plants or mosses there ferns their soil and it's all kind of invertebrates that live here birds that forage for these invertebrates that live in the canopy soil. So it's like this microcosm this mini co system. That's going on kind of independent of the forest floor. But at the same time interacting the forest as a whole of course today canopies all over the world face threats from climate change from logging fire deforestation and a lot of work. Now is about trying to figure out what would happen. If we lost such a complex interconnected ecosystem. I think it's important for canopies to be as intact as possible. Because they do foster so much diversity that you can get seventy species of mosses on a single tree and each of those mosses sort of living life with its insects and invertebrates and supporting birds. And so it's just part of this sort of whole cycle of what makes a primary important. Here's another thing leany discovered when she was first getting started in canopy research. There were very few women. Scientists doing this kind of work and so she set out to change that this was. This was just a fabulous day. That happened in my lab forest. Canopy lab undergraduates worked there. My graduate students would work me and we were just kicking around by these. Look how could we make the forest canopy more meaningful to mattress other scientists but to regular people like how about young girls? They need encouragement. And somebody said. Well what about Barbie aright pause Barbie time because she was busy enough helping to basically create an entirely new field of scientific study in the early two? Thousands deleted decided. You know in her free time she would try to create market and get into the hands of little girls and boys everywhere treetop Barbie. What took iconic doll which is so symbolic of what young girls aspired to. What if we just put this shell around her? Which is a canopy biologist? So called Mattel the company that owns Barbie and then when I propose this idea they said no no no. We're not interested that has no meaning to us We make our own barbies. You know you can't do this. Forget it forget it. So that's when we said well. Why don't we just do it ourselves? And if Mattel's not going to take a couple of trips to goodwill later to get some recycled barbies with the Angela's making our top barbies. And I started bringing campy Barbie along with me and you know talking to my fellow scientists and saying look guys we not only have to do our good science we need to start encouraging people from outside science and and this is one way that we might do it trees are wonderful arenas for discovery this is Malini is two thousand nine tedtalk which by the way is a hugely nerve wracking thing for scientists. And you're hooked up to this hands-free Britney Spears Mike to give a talk. That will basically be your top. Google hit for life to stand on stage. Showing off a little plastic treetop Barbie. Should I really be spending time with this? Are PEOPLE GOING TO THINK? It's weird that me as a scientist and me as a woman scientist is a brown woman. Scientist is spending her time doing this. they're sort of risk. That goes along with that but I felt that the potential good that could come out of it of providing a real role model for a little girl. Who doesn't even know that that the canopy exists to study. You know like when I was a kid and so if that can happen then I think it's worth the risk what we do my students in my lab and is we buy barbies from goodwill and value village. We dress her enclosed that have been made by seamstresses and we send her out with a canopy handbook. And my feeling is thank you that we've taken this pop icon and we have just tweaked her a little bit to become ambassador who can carry the message that being a woman scientist studying treetops is actually a really great
Irina Falconi on Life as a Tennis Pro in the Coronavirus Era
"I have. Nfl Coney as you guys know. She's a w shape pro hugely affected by the suspension We just got announced on Monday morning. That there's no w Ta play until May At at this point now the way things are going I mean I'm in New York Arenas in Orlando I'm expecting that to be pushed back more Irene out. Let's start with. What is your life like these days? Well to be honest I just got back from Sam's Club where I was able to stock on quite a bit of dried and canned goods Just because I've been hearing whispers and rumors about actual You know we're probably going to end up getting quarantined in our own homes So if that's the case I mean we're just trying to prepare ourselves early. We're not really coming contact with anyone other than people that live in the house So thankfully there is lots of trails outside that you're able to go out and no run sprint. Do Whatever You can to kind of keep your fitness up because I mean as of now as of last night The USCCA center which is only five minutes away. Where I usually train it's close. It's completely shut out. Shut down and locked up so unless you actually go to some public courts public facilities where you're not really hitting with anyone that has corona virus It's kind of hard right now and The thing is you don't WanNa be hitting too early. You don't want to peak too early since as of now it's May second. It can be even further than that so it might just be very light hitting if that for the next couple weeks but just maintaining fitness. I think is the most important thing and thankfully. My fiance built a boxing gym in the garage. So we are good to go on that on that front but Tom Yeah. You are lucky to have that because I think a lot of a lot of players will be desperate for space and room if they live in an apartment especially you have a Nice House. You have that garage. I mean that there is some positives and all this chaos when all I started unfolding in Indian Wells cancelled and all this was happening and it was like okay might be four to six weeks. Spent my initial thought was like oh well okay look. Income is obviously a problem for players. But sometimes you guys have injuries that last four to six weeks. Sometimes you have illnesses that last two to four weeks in the grand scheme of things. It doesn't seem like a very big chunk of time but now that things escalated so severely it could be three months could be six months it could be. I don't know and that's the hard part is when you're sick and injured you kind of have somewhat of an idea like hey. I'm working towards this goal now. It's like I'm working towards what? Yeah that's the other thing because for example. Let's say you do have six weeks of where you're trying to rehab from an injury. You have the option if you want to go somewhere if you WANNA go and travel if you WANNA go just go to the beach for a couple of days or anything like that. You have that luxury if you want it now in this case it's like Oh man. Flights to Costa Rica and Ecuador in Puerto Rico are like less than one hundred dollars. It's so tempting to want to go out and travel. But you can't so in a sense you know a lot of tennis players. We tend to complain that the season is long. It's very very You know it's it's tough on the body So the fact that we have this time to kind of just almost regroup. It's weird time in the year because it season just kinda started But Yeah I think it's just it's very very weird. I don't think that there's another word to put it another word that you can really describe it because I mean with the Olympics coming up I mean I'm in a situation where I have a special ranking so does that mean that my special ranking Kinda freezes because once I start my first tournament I only have a year to use up all my special ranking tournaments. So that's another thing that we're just have absolutely no clue whatsoever and with the Olympics. Coming up I mean. Do we know whether that's GonNa Happen? I mean a lot of girls are just in limbo right now. It's never a good place to be in when you're uncertain So as of now I'm just taking it day by day to be honest. I'm just enjoying the crap out of it. There's no other way to see it. You just have to see it as an opportunity And one of the things that you know you can do is Ago Christiane was posting different. Things that you can kind of do while you're in this state and You know whether it's facetime ing with people that you probably haven't talked to in a while. Learning new hobby cleaning house from you know had to tell there. There's a lot of things that can be done during this time. So I think that if you go about it the right way you can see it as a very positive thing whether it's for me whether for the world I think we just have to see it in a positive light. You'd have some positive spin on this thing. It's nice to hear but it's also I. You mentioned Christiaan heff players been talking a lot of you guys been communicating with each other. A Lot I know you're probably not hanging out a lot but has there been a conversation between you guys. I mean at the end of the day. I think a lot of the players are just kind of Speaking the same boys right now in unison which is suffering Soleil. Y'All do not go and be around other people do not put yourself at risk and do not put others at risk So I think we're all trying to find ways on how to have the new ways to work out at home because that's pretty much. What a lot of players are doing. I know I was speaking to Madison and she said. Hey We got some board games you know. So there's that so yeah. I mean there's there's a lot to do and I think a lot of players I mean it's that uncertainty but I have a feeling that they're gonNA come back pretty
Interview with Todd Bensman from the Center for Immigration Studies
"Folks as promised and I'm so glad he answered the call right as promised I have senior national security fellow Todd Benjamin from the center for immigration studies and you don't fellow as part of his title but he's also good fellow let's see I mean right at the top how are you tired I'm doing great great thank you Hey I really appreciate you taking the time to be on the show we spoke earlier today with people might not know is I just met you this morning yeah I think so so we started this morning said tell me your story you know how you yourself you did the trek with one of the caravans and there was a lot of insight that you have on the reaction of the caravans on the different individuals from different countries and and I think its stand because we've been talking so much about the coronavirus and you know after I spoke to you I started you know my brain started kicking in and working after I had a little bit of caffeine in Pepsi form and I started thinking you know there's a lot of issues because now and I think there was a case confirmed of corona virus in Brazil now and I think with that issue comes from is you'll be getting not just the just thinking Hey people will be coming to America but at the same time the medical treatment is not great in a lot of these countries so we might even see on up number of individuals entering the United States because they want to get medical treatment for well you know this just flu variation didn't want everyone's been talking about and that alone is going to deplete you know the agents because they can be working in that area then you're gonna get more agents obviously they're going to catch the flu so now depletes the line more and it's just a it's just going to cause a big Ole tidal wave but you you made me think of all that because we talked about it and and I think those are are the major issues that I think you know are going to be concerning but I want you to tell us about yourself what you've done and explain your your role with the the center for immigration studies and specifically about you know what you did from January eighth through what was it through the eighteenth and your trek through atop a Chula through Guatemala and all that area the center for immigration studies were research institute that studies all issues related to immigration and border security and as a spirit the guy who does national security as it relates to those things yeah I write and speak and research about all of those kinds of issues but I also feel like you don't have the full story if you don't get boots on the ground sure now and again this summer the center will send me al and all go get get my boots muddy down there I've been to Panama and Costa Rica and most recently came back from topics you are you know that the border between Mexico and Guatemala which which I regard as America's other southern border because what happens to their directly impacts our guys on the ground here and all of our policies here and I wanted to see mainly what the trump administration's I guess arm twisting up the Mexican government to shore up its southern border how that was working and what what it looked like on the ground so that we could write about it with with good information and I came back a few weeks back and have been writing pieces are about what I found so I just kind of summarize some of that for you you know we edge is a special your listeners with though we were us want to I mean our border systems broke down completely border patrol guys were all turned into child care your babysitters and what not correct and dying we had people you know coming through just kind of swarming through about a hundred thousand a month from twenty eighteen through about and probably getting close to the fall of twenty nineteen when some of these policies kicked them out that the peak was was in may of twenty nineteen where we had a hundred and forty four thousand mostly central Americans so we went to Mexico we said Hey because our Congress isn't going to do anything you guys need to fix it on your end you need to do something on your border and if you don't we're going to enact progressive trade errors on your economy and ammo the president of Mexico deployed but now about six thousand National Guard troops on its southern border and I went down there to see what they were doing and how it's all working two things one is that the Mexicans have required anybody coming into their territory from Guatemala to either or be deported or apply for Mexican asylum and if they do apply for Mexican asylum they have to stay in the southern states mainly in Chiapas most of them in Chiapas well what do you think that sometime what do you think that's that stems from because it said there's an understanding that is they get if they get out of the bottle neck down there then they'll make it to the U. S. border and anger the president the result was that we are now we get we're now looks like we have about thirty five or forty thousand a month which is still high uhhuh retaining our southern border but they the Mexicans that knocked off about a hundred thousand through these policies the the migrants who were getting into coming into Mexico from Central America and all over the world actually which we can talk about finding that the roadblocks manned by I and M. Mexican immigration who are unarmed and sharp sharp in chief of the National Guard so they're on our re wrote their own aren't I N. M. is on offer yes the people in the world around that yeah people need to understand some data yeah they walk around and polo shirts with clipboards I'm not not intimidating at all but but with the National Guard who are in full battle rattle at fifty three road blocks and they're going to trucks and buses and they're pulling people off you don't have to write paper work from down to top the Chula and they're turning up right around and sitting up straight back to top at you to either be deported or to apply for Mexican asylum which is pretty terrible what's not as bad as our asylum system with its big backlog but at least if you apply for American asylum and you lose your in anyway your country well yeah that's the loophole that that we are with that we're all concerned with obviously in the listeners that they listen to the show and that's one of the things we've constantly talked about that a lot of these individuals they'll ply for asylum in the United States and alarm they don't show up they just they just they still you know no one's gonna come after me anyway I'm here I'm not leaving the system that the Mexicans are put in place deportations and Mexican asylum what has had this great a factor for us that have have brought the numbers down for your people you're still dealing with a lot of but these other policies like push back in P. P. and were made in Mexico and the third is a safe country good service sector country travel ban and those also have had a great deterrent in fact on the migrants so that instead of turning themselves into you guys looking for you to turn themselves in uhhuh there runners they become runners because now they know there's a pretty good chance you're going to end up back in Mexico rights which is last place that they want to be because the Mexicans are going to deport them and the whole thing is just sort of like a hot potato being passed back so you you're seeing runners now as a result of not wanting them not wanting to end up back in Tapachula which is just pretty god awful down there people sleeping in the streets and there's no there's very little work to be had in their budgets were for just long enough to survive to get to the U. S. border and now they're stuck down there they run out of money you know it's it's it's it's some it's a deterrent for them and they turn around a lot of damage the you saw this I was there in top it you are okay he's on and on on the river suu kyi aqui as we were coming and going I found the the well getting to the caravans uhhuh what what the issue is with without this year we've had to we've had one big caravan show up to robe and passed the Mexican will hold its ground if you remember last year when those caravans came through the protections would put up like a chain link fence right guys would all just going to climb over it and and then the Mexicans just said okay okay your goddess you know go on you know come on through right not not the case this time at all and so about two thousand Hondurans Dr gather in and attempted to break through this court on they wanted to test it and break it down and that's what they were about two thousand of them I found them and took gnomon which is right on the Mexican border I didn't actually travel with them I just found them getting ready to come over with the next two to test the Mexican system and as we know what happened is the next day the day after they conducted charge after charge after charge across the Rio see Chiaki and across the bridge and Mexican national guard waiting form and they rounded up all two thousand album put him on buses and drove them right back to Honduras they decimated this caravan completely and when they did that there was another caravan to more caravans that were forming one in El Salvador and another one in Honduras and when they saw what happened about one they all gave it up and those caravans have disappeared but I will say that it's not the end of those caravans that there will be more caravans we should expect more caravans looking for a way to operate the Mexican will to have those on National Guard leave and return to their barracks and the day that that happens you guys will be swamped again right there are you guys all need to watch closely what's happening with any new caravans that form out in Mexico just simply has to hold the line down there or you're not gonna be able to N. P. P. O. or you can become baby you're probably become babysitters again or you know at least you know be overwhelmed when runners still Todd and get it during this during this time that you did you did this and you saw this obviously you know that the Mexican government is helping now you know a gig which kind of makes you wonder what they were doing before you know but they're hoping now that that's a good thing but at the same time people need to understand the numbers are lower than they were when it was record numbers but the numbers are still high now one of the things that always concerns people and I think it's the number one question that I get asked all the time so it's kind of weird being on the other side now be asking the questions is the number one question I get asked is how many people from you know special interest countries and you know obviously people are gonna say for the Middle East but the people need to understand that you know it's it's obviously the boots on the ground in the United States side they're on high alert all the time but I've always wondered and you would know because you were there you know once again guys we're we're speaking we're speaking to somebody that was actually there someone that knows what's going on Todd Benjamin works center for immigration studies I thought you were there what was D. D. I guess the attitude of the the individuals with the Mexican government if there was any issue with any type of
"Hands-On Review of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III"
"After spending four days in Costa Rica and continuing shoot with a camera. Simpson Dan I can comfortably say that. I have a good feel for the Olympics. D M One. Mark Three is neither mono- from heaven that many users hoped-for nor is it. The disappointment that some reviewers have complained about. It's a solid semi professional camera for Nimble photography that's only limited by the users imagination. I'll explain my views on today's TVs photography podcast. I hope you enjoy the show so I was lucky enough to be part of a review experience. put on by limps that sent journalists from DP Review Imaging Resource Pedal Pixel and gadget and so forth to Costa Rica to test. The M one mark three. Now the only rule was that we didn't violate the embargo in other words. We didn't talk about the camera before we were supposed to Which was really unfortunate timing for me because they lifted the embargo on Wednesday morning about one. Am and you know. The podcast publishes Tuesday so I just missed it by that much but you know as it turned out. I'm kind of happy about that now because we've all had a chance to look at the various reviews of the em one. Mark Three by the other folks on the bus and now I get a chance to sort of talk about some of the issues that they brought up so it all worked out right. It all worked out. There was a moment on the bus and I was talking with a fellow journalists that I realized how the reviews were going to go for the camera. He was disappointed with the not updated censor As are many reviewers the comparatively low resolution. Lcd is one million dots. The non state of the art of Electronic Viewfinder two point three six million dollars the lackluster performance of AF tracking. And what they said was the relatively high price for a small sensor camera which is one thousand seven hundred and ninety nine dollars. Those are some of the things that I was hearing on the bus and I wasn't hearing a lot of discussion about the other aspects of the camera of which there are many so I'm going okay. So my approach was while I was there. I'm not an apologist for Olympus nor any other brands so I didn't feel the need to defend the camera or defend them or really defend anything. But I did offer a few tips because I have experienced with the mark to with the pen. F with practically every Olympus camera in the Mirror era. I just left it at that. Offered my tips and left it at that. But I decided what I would do is lead off this review addressing those five comments and again. There are things that we have seen in reviews published over the last week. Then we'll get onto the stuff that I like so I guess the way the mood that I'm in today. Is that as a kid? There were nights where I just ate the vegetables I the soggy cauliflower the Stinky Broccoli. You know whatever it happened to be just get it out of the way and then. I could really enjoy the mashed potatoes and hamburger okay. That's what I'm GONNA do today. We're going to have some overcooked cauliflower. I already now before I get into the specifics. I do want to make a general comment. About Olympus the Olympic mindset that I've learned over the years of working with them in their cameras and what they do as in my opinion is they take a very holistic approach to the devices they build and they will live and die by those choices in other words. I never got the feeling that they were looking so much at the individual components the sensor or the electronic viewfinder whatever in isolation in other words them saying we have to. Have you know the top of the Line Electric Viewfinder in our flagship camera? We have to the top of the line. Lcd If the have you know a brand new sensor every time. I never got the impression from them that that's the way that they think the way that I see them working is that they designed the camera and they're looking at the whole camera. They're looking how everything works with each other in the camera and interacts with the system. And what they WANNA do is create an experience that I think is unique to what other manufacturers are making. I don't feel that they are individual component driven as much as they are experienced driven and I sort of sum up the Olympus Approach to photography with what I call the three CS. Now these are mine. Not There's however I will live and die by three CS just like they will buy their cameras and I think there's design. Principles are driven by compact creative and capable. Those are the sort of words that I kind of here here and there from them and that I get when I work with their devices so keeping those three C.'s. In mind compact creative incapable. Let's take a look at some of the complaints or the most common criticisms of the mark. Three at the top of the list is the non updated twenty point. Four megapixel live moss micro four thirds sensor when Olympus debuted this sensor in September two thousand sixteen and that was in the em one mark to is scored the highest according to the EXO mark of any for third sensors Edging out the Panasonic Competition and the twenty point three sensor that they had just launched in the NF earlier in the year so it was the top of the line. Four third sensor in September two thousand sixteen when it came out now that same twenty point four chip is in the M one mark three but the difference is that the mark three has a true pick nine image processor compared to the true pick eight found in the and one mark to and in fact even in the an one x they are true pick eight processors but there's two of them so there's a there's a little horsepower there right but They are true. Pick eight and nine so at the moment the mark three is the only camera has the true pick nine in it by the way the that launched earlier in two thousand sixteen has the true. Pick seven in there now. I can say that after shooting with all three cameras. My view is that it's the processor not the sensor that we should be focusing with the mark three and I talked a little bit about this sort of stuff in last week's podcast. I mean if you think about the evolution of smartphone cameras and where the real progress is made from you know iteration to iteration a lot of that progress in the computing power in the software. Not so much the sensor itself and I think that's where the upgrade is for the mark three now would I love new sensor in the? Em One right yes. Of course I mean we always would. I'm not going to say no to. It is like saying one hundred dollars you know slipped under my front door. Of course I would. I would take that. And when they do come out with a new sensor which I know they will at some point. We'll all put on lamp shades and run around the House with arms waving in the air of course but at the moment. I don't think that this camera the mark three should live and die by this twenty megapixel sensor that has been a proven good censor. I think we should look however at the processor. That's powering all these unique functions that this camera can do so you know. That's my take on the non updated sensor. Yes I would love to have a new sensor. I am not crestfallen because we don't next complaint. The three inch one point zero three seven million dot very angle touchscreen. I heard a little bit of carping about this and you know I will agree that reviewing images on the mark three is not quite as lovely as let's say the Sony a seven Armar Four. That has a three inch. One point. Four four million dot rear. Lcd
Costa Rica seizes 5 tons of cocaine headed for Netherlands
"Costa Rican officials say they have seized more than five tons of cocaine the largest such hall in the central American countries history the public security ministry says the eleven thousand one hundred and twenty eight pounds of cocaine were found Saturday evening in a shipping container at the Caribbean port of Moline the container supposedly held ornamental plants and was destined for Rotterdam in the Netherlands police say that as of Sunday the only person detained in connection with the new seizure is a forty six year old Costa Rican who had driven the shipment to the
"costa rica" Discussed on Podcast RadioViajera
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"costa rica" Discussed on Podcast RadioViajera
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"costa rica" Discussed on FP's The Editor's Roundtable (The E.R.)
"But 'cause we got a problem with cars, just like the rest of the world and car ownership per capita is high and it's growing, and as I understand it only two percent of those cars are electric, you can have set muster those emissions, but what's the solution to the car problem? Obviously our weak spot is transportation. So we have a problem with congestion, and we have a problem with pollution because the fleets for public transit are old. And for cars. They are completely dependent on gasoline diesel. So what do we do about that? The first is to definitely tackle public transit because he's polluting it's old and a lot of people use it. So is on the one hand is the covering sation. Yes. But it's also about modernisation, and there is a pilot that was launched in June this year, in my view, this is going to be a game changer because once people see the electric buses they will love them to the first lady's office, given her background in architecture and urban issues has taking on board the very visible project of building an. Electric train. We have right now ugly diesel train and it transports a lot of people. And it's it's incredible. That people use it because he's loud and his very dirty. So this is one of the most popular projects right now, the famous electric train the other thing that is going on is a push from very young constituencies, especially millennials. They want to ride bikes they won Costa Rica to allow them to bike and not die. It is a fascinating story of urban activism. You know, it is a good way of reducing emissions and to give him freedom because they don't wanna be incurred. The other thing that is happening is that now the country has created the first lowing Latin America that gives incentives to anything that is electric could be a bike could be a bus could be attract could be a. Car and the idea is to for now for a few years is not permanent to give them a tax benefit. They don't pay any taxes, and the logic is that we need for a few years to make sure that when you go if you are going to buy a car, it better be electric, and you think this will incentivize people to to pick up electric cars or move more towards lecture cars, if they have those tax incentives. Yes. So what we have discovered is that in a country that has already these green narrative in a country that already has these increasing sense of pride around clean electricity. A lot of people see they're buying a car as a way of being part of this big transition. And I do think that from a fury of change perspective. This is very strategic because if you talk about the carbon ization in a way that sounds like it's only for politicians or for engine. Nears in for experts in you're not part of that. It's just not going to work. So these people who buy electric cars become activists. These lot of them are women. You know, when they go and convince their cousin or their sisters, order neighbors. It's really good because we've learned from Norway that a person who switches on average convinced three more people indices critical because what I told you before our car dealerships and their skepticism and their tactics. So now, we have for the first time the incentives also for fleets and the point here is that the state the Costa Rican state by a lot of cars for ministries for the public universities. And these cars if they are going to buy them, they better be electric because it doesn't make sense for the state to buy gasoline cars, and then have to peel them with foreign oil. So that is why this year it will be the launching of the first hundred electric cars by the national you. Utilities the largest institutional purchase in over electoral cars in Latin America, and what happens is that. Because this is getting somewhere. The national insurance company is also offering fifteen percent discount..
"costa rica" Discussed on FP's The Editor's Roundtable (The E.R.)
"Makes people have a sense of collective self that sometimes you miss in countries where everybody has to take care of itself of hair cell for himself. And then you are already in the fifties sixties where you have built this this country that is stable that has nor made that has the social institutions and around the seventies. Costa Rica hand this pressure to start thinking about sources of energy such as coal, and you we know, you know, very well that the problem today. Is that the world has a coal diction? So why is it that we developed that action in the seventies? And what is interesting is that at the time, even though it was pressured to go for coal these engineers, very Costa Rican very much committed to the idea of using our own resources said, yeah, it could be cheaper. But we wanna stick to water and other time hydra was a big big thing for them. I wanna understand better. I mean for you Anderson the history, and we're talking about the forties and wonder parents children, but for yourself as a child, and let's say the late seventies and early eighties. Did you have a sense already then of both the social contract and also the way the environment played a role in that. I do believe in the power of stories and in the power of narratives any was very empowering for as mobile to have. The sense that you had been born in a country that was different that was special that did not have an army. So I used to hear you live in a country that doesn't have soldiers it has teachers. So when you have that kind of empowering story in your head as a child, I do believe it does something to you. And it is that when you grow up you try to punch above your weight. So we sometimes three comes laugh because when we interact with the world, we sometimes have to remind ourselves we are very unimportant country 'cause we act as if we were important, and is probably because of this joint stories, but I also grew up with a very strong sense that a lot of people in Costa Rica where not poor and we're not rich as a kid. That's how I thought about it. So you did have the conditions to have people like me and many others. I'm not always leading. Only one many many others who grew up thinking, you know, now, it's my turn to be special into do something special for the country. And by the time we had to choose career. Many of us happened to be at university at a time where bio-diversity became such a big thing in Costa Rica, we were doing the National Institute for bio-diversity. We had already national parks for twenty years. There was a precedent at the time who was very green for for Latin American standards. So by the time two thousand eight came and we decided to approach carbon neutrality a lot of developing countries where upset like why on earth would you want to carbon neutral? We don't have a big Gatien's. They have obligated to give us money. I and in Spanish there is a word call Sapele, which means like a toad. And it means, you know, when you are a person who wants to be. Head of the other US apple because you're just view are. And and we've we're very aware that in the context of the g seventy seven and China with sounded like a sample because at the end of the day, the relevant country block, whereas argue indicates against climate action against climate responsibility. We actually decided this without having the plan. We were not asking engineers, I can we carbon neutral so that we can announce it. It was completely the opposite way. And of course, that has an advantage, which is that it forces you to to learn into experiment, but the downside is that it is difficult. You know, nobody has done it before a lot of Costa Rica's energy needs are met. Now by hydro wind geothermal energy to power homes. Tell me how it works the way. It works is through a state-owned enterprise, which is. Called ISE is the National Institute for electricity. Any was an institution that was born back in the forties. When we had this. You know, these new constitution, and we were recreating the country because they were so adamant to go for hydro. They basically stuck with we hired. You know, they basically wanted to keep it that way and then started to diversify including energy coming from volcanoes..
"costa rica" Discussed on FP's The Editor's Roundtable (The E.R.)
"From foreign policy Unser Wellman. And this is first person this week climate change. After thanksgiving. The Trump administration released the government's latest climate change study, the drop move been quiet. But the report was a blockbuster that congressionally mandated report from thirteen federal agencies says climate change could shrink the US economy by hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century. The report also warns of President Trump's response. I don't believe it. No, no. Here's you his long rejected the widespread scientific consensus on the issue. The climate change is due to human influence his stance puts him at odds with his own government's report and the position of much of the world last year, he decided to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement a coalition of one hundred ninety five other countries. So we're getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that's fair. And if we can that's great. And if we can't that's fine. A new U N report. Meanwhile, says the world has only twelve years to stem rising temperatures or face serious risk of drought floods extreme heat climate related deaths and devastation for the natural world. The message is that countries will need to cooperate. We don't have a top down agreement with potus. It's both them up that they need to take collaborative and coordinated action. If we're actually going to achieve a goal of one point five degrees warming, well, some European countries. Like Norway have set forth rigorous goals for reducing their carbon emissions. The country was one of the most embellishes plans might surprise you. It's Costa Rica, one of the leaders behind this push has been Monica Araya. She's the founder and director of Costa Rica Limpia that Spanish for clean. It's a citizen group that promotes clean energy. We reached her name. Stor damn. So monica. I'm really curious about why carbon neutrality and green issues was a priority for Costa Rica, given how much of a struggle. It's been in so many countries around the world. Yes. And it is a question that I have asked myself many times why is it that already in the nineties? We have twenty years of experience taking care of our natural capital. So we have to go back to the seventy s at a time where developing countries where pretty aggressive in terms of their developmental policies on in our decade where there was conflict and the environment was not a priority in Latin America, why is it that some people in my country decided that it was a very good idea to create national parks and to protect them. I personally attribute that to the fact that we grew up in a country that saw it south as different because we did not have an army does that mean that defense spending. Therefore that money was available to look at in terms of environmental protection. Why would? The army or lack of an army enable the country to see itself in green context. It is a strong message to country. You know, when you say we're not going to have an army, even though the rest of the world has an army so already very in forty eight forty nine. There was a sense that you had to create your own vision. Even though we were small even though it was different from others. We have to create our own pathway at the time in the late forties. It wasn't the environment. That really created a sense of purpose. What did was the notion that we had to invest in our social welfare and that at the time meant schools, and it men hospitals because people needed safety net's? There was a sense of social welfare because people like my parents went to pilot school. There is you know, public education is a right in Costa Rica, and is embedded in the. Constitution and at the same time, if you are in Costa Rica, and you are sick. They hospitals will probably take a long time to take you. But they will take you for free. I also believe that the connection between not how India army and having more resources is that the sense of safety net..