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Organic Coffee Nauma

San Vito, Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica Thursday, June 12, 2014 Today we explored a well-maintained, organic coffee plantation, which is close to San Vito, in the South of Costa Rica. No chemicals are used on site. We met the friends of Senior Luis Solis: Family Navarro Umana. Senior Navarro Umana and his son Jeffry, two friendly, passionate and hard-working men, walked around with us on their organic paradise. We went treasure hunting ...

Manuel Antonio National Park

Quepos, Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica Monday, June 16, 2014 We are now in Quepos, located on the central Pacific cost. Quepos is is close to the Manuel Antonio national park, which is the smallest of the 20 national parks in Costa Rica. We woke up early and were the first two tourists, who entered the park. The beautiful white sand beach was empty. Besides us there were only a few iguanas walking around, enjoying the beauty of nature. ...

Capturing the Coffee Aroma with a Smile

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica Monday, June 30, 2014 We traveled to Monteverde in the Central Highlands Region of Costa Rica. A long winding dirt road with excellent views leads to this mountaintop paradise. Monteverde is located between two cloud forests. When we arrived in Monteverde, we visited the Don Juan coffee plantation. While sitting on the terrace of the meetinghouse, we enjoyed the delicious ...

The Aroma of Tarrazu

San Marcos, San José, Costa Rica Thursday, July 3, 2014 We rented a car for 1 week and explored the Tarrazu region, which is located in the Central Highlands of Costa Rica. This area is a gourmet coffee growing center of the country and a mecca for coffee-lovers. While driving through the highlands and valleys, we passed many coffee fields. We saw quiet mountain towns surrounded by spectacular mountains, which are completely covered with ...

Silent Smiles, lots of Colors & good Coffee

Grenada, Nicaragua Thursday, July 17, 2014 Granada is the 4th largest city in Nicaragua. Just like Leon, it is full of beautiful Spanish colonial restored architecture, vibrant markets and charming coffee-shops. It is hot in Granada. Most of the drivers are honking their way through the traffic. By a coincidence we discovered the ‘Cafe de las Sonrisas’ (Cafe of Smiles). This coffee-shop is unique because all of its workers are ...

Costa Rican Food

San Jose, Province of San Jose, Costa Rica Thursday, July 17, 2014  Costa Rican food is generally known to be simple with a pleasant mild flavour. However, it is also common to have big jars on the tables filled with vegetables that have been mixed with chiles. Rice and beans are the basis of many meals. The ‘Ticos’, as Costa Ricans are commonly known, like to eat tortillas made of maize, eggs, fresh local cheese, fried sweet ...

The highlands of Alajuela

Province of Alajuela, Costa Rica Sunday, July 20, 2014 San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, is surrounded by many small, charming towns and picturesque hills. Many of them are covered with coffee plantations. We took the time and visited the lovely towns Grecia, Sarchi, Naranjo and Zarcero. While driving from one town to another, we enjoyed some of the most beautiful views and scenery within Costa Rica. Each town of this agricultural center ...

Pura Vida!

San Jose, Province of San Jose, Costa Rica Sunday, July 27, 2014 While travelling around in Costa Rica, we try to explore the way of life and creativity of the locals as much as possible. One thing is for sure: Costa Rica is a home country of life-enjoyers! Most of the time, locals greet each other by saying ‘Pura Vida!’ (Pure life!) to each other. Locals also say ‘Pura Vida!’ to each other, when they are pleased with ...


Follow the river and you will find the sea. –French Proverb Laos is located in the Greater Mekong Subregion. It is the only country in Southeast Asia that is landlocked. Laos is a communist country, which has been tied for centuries to its official religion – Theravada Buddhism. Throughout history, the powerful Mekong river  ̶   known as the “mother of all rivers” – has supported the Lao people to make a living. More than ...

Cambodia – the land of wonder

‘The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.’ Albert Einstein We travelled to Siem Reap/Cambodia to explore the mystical temple ruins of the powerful Angkor dynasty, which was ruled by warrior-kings. Angkor was the capital of the Khmer kingdom, which had been established in the 9th century. It was the biggest pre-industrial town. About 1 million people lived there. At its peak, ...

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