Saturday, March 31, 2012
|Costa Rican Resource off the beaten path|
|Learning from the Ancients|
Friday, March 30, 2012
|What you Expect to see is this but there is...|
One of my favorite though is to take a look into the sociology and humanity lessons visiting an indigenous tribe has to offer. Much of the reserve is now a mix of indigenous culture and a culture that is in extreme poverty holding on to the dream of modernization. The hard fact is that these indians are last on the list when it comes to what the government can do for them. It is here that you see a culture that is dead and younger children that they say want to play "white" which is what they refer to the Spanish decent race in Costa Rica. These young Bribri children that want to play "white" are now speaking Spanish and much have forgot the Bribri native language. They are fighting strong to conserve the traditions and many of the Bribri are committed to making this happen but when you cross the river into the tribe at Sureka and you see a bus stop that is just filled with trash and litter you get the sense that the tribe that was once one with the Earth is now detached from the Earth as is much of the world we live in.
It is an important experience that visitors to reserves see both aspects of the traditional customs and the hardships of what has happen in recent years. There is much to learn and it can be an incredible experience to see sometimes what you are not expecting to see.
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Thursday, March 29, 2012
|Let the Termites Crawl on your fingers|
|Then Suck them off your fingers like the Mader's do here|
For your next snack in the jungle consider a termite nest!
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
|The moment of Respecting Nature|
There are many guides that will tell you not to bother the frogs while they sleep. They say this for good reason as the frogs are nocturnal and nobody likes to be woken up during the middle of their sleep time. I am one who argues that we need ambassadors to the natural world. Although I am a naturalist guide and very much so an environmentalist I have to say if I can wake up a frog and show a little girl the wonders of nature and give her a WOW! moment then the frog was the best ambassador to the natural world you can find. It is true that after touching the frog and waking him up that he might have a rough couple hours of sleeping but the fact of the matter is that the little girl that had this experience might be able to get a step closer into understanding the beauty of the natural world that no textbook or postcard can ever share. Just take a look at her face when I show her the frog! Click Here to Plan a Costa Rica Family Adventure
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