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Central America, Panama

COFFEE 101- Finca Dos Jefes Coffee tour

April 25, 2015

  Whether you’re an avid coffee drinker or not, not learning a little about coffee when traveling to Boquete, Panama is unacceptable. Boquete is said to have the best coffee in the world, not to mention the best coffee farm tour sponsored by Richard from Finca Dos Jefes. In the region you can find the world renowned Gesha (not Geisha) beans, the highest rated coffee in the world according to the Coffee Grower’s Association! And, it will only cost you between $300-400 a pound. During the tour you’ll learn more about this and others coffee facts. Rich, your tour guide starts…

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Central America, Costa Rica

Resume building on the road- Tamale assembly line worker

March 21, 2015

One morning during our first Helpx experience we were introduced to the world of communal tamale assembly. Graduating from cleaning banana leaves to tying them up in preparation for boiling and cooking tamales was a huge deal for us and a huge jump in the tamale production line. We weren’t expecting there to be so much activity in a tiny town of 300 people. Fortunately for us the upcoming weekend would include a crazy mountain marathon on Saturday followed by a big futbol match between neighboring towns on Sunday. In preparation for all this was the community tamale making session…

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Central America, Costa Rica

Playa Samara- Beach Popsicles and friendship

February 26, 2015
Border crossing midday.

Playa Samara was the last Guanacaste coast visit after stops in Playa Brasilito, Playa Conchal, and Playa Tamarindo. Warmer water, warmer people, warmer weather. A bay, some surf, and a higher percentage of gringos to locals but still the same Costa Rican vibe. Pura vida! This for us was a lovely personal experience because it left imprints in our heart and others. Even though it was only a few days we felt like we had a home shared with two other rooms, a German couple, and a French girl. It was such a pleasure to have such a lovely host with Christine.…

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