Somehow my plans never quite work out the way I plan them. Long story short the bus I took didn’t leave when locals told me it would. So, I ended up missing the bus in Quepos that I needed to get to the other farm. By that time, I had already decided to visit the beach in Manuel Antonio with Jasmin. I have found it easier to not worry about things and to deal with them as they happen. But really it wasn’t so bad, I got to extend my vacation for two more days. I spent two days in Manuel Antonio, touring the national park, swimming in the ocean, and getting a tan, watching the sunset over the ocean, star gazing by the ocean, and meeting some very cool people in my hostel. After that bit of paradise, I went to Quepos and caught the bus I needed. I happened to be traveling the same day as three other volunteers of Villas Mastatal (the farm I was heading to). So, I got to ask them about the farm.
Now, here I am at the farm, my second day. It’s quite a different atmosphere and experience. It’s unfortunate that there isn’t much Spanish spoken. However, I have met people who have traveled/are traveling around the world for months on end. I suppose it’s easier to have these discussions in English. For a month and a half I haven’t really met or gotten to talk to many English speakers, but here there is an American, Canadian, Hollander, Australian, British, and Irish. So, instead of getting a mix of Spanish I have a mix of English, which I’ve never experienced before. I’m also with people a little more…let’s say less moral. Nice, but a little drinking, smoking, and “bad words” is common. I also feel quite young here, but I like the fact. I can take advice and knowledge from those who are older and have already traveled a bit.
The work here isn’t quite as strenuous or as long as at the last farm, which gives me plenty of free time. Yesterday I went to some waterfalls and swam around. Today I’m going to check out the one at the farm. Now, I’m trying to settle into a routine and figure out how I can contribute to the farm. And thus a new chapter has begun.