Finding the right location

Finding the right location

Day four and the longest Marcos and I had together. As usual we met at 7am and headed off west to Parque Nacional Carara about a 90 minute drive from San Jose through early morning traffic. As soon as we arrived a large male and smaller female gecko greeted us outside...
Rich with surprises.

Rich with surprises.

Like clockwork Marcos and I met at 7am outside my hotel for our third hiking and nature excursion. We set off to the city of Cartago about a 80 minute drive east from San Jose to a national park on its perimeter on the offside of the Irazu volcano and a walk around it...
Peaking on Pico Blanco

Peaking on Pico Blanco

I had an early start today, up at 6:00am to prepare for the day with a hot shower, shave and a hearty breakfast from the hotel buffet. Whenever I can walk to a place I do (sometimes this can drive friends and loved ones nuts but I enjoy it in most weather), and today...
Planning for Success

Planning for Success

Getting ready I arranged a second planning meeting following my whirlwind 4 night visit last March where I toured several opportunities but they were not quite ideal for the program I had in mind. Particularly because I intend to lead annual programs to Costa Rica and...
All Good Things Must End, Too

All Good Things Must End, Too

And just like that, six weeks in Barcelona comes to a close.  Six weeks of navigating a new city, six weeks of befriending perfect strangers and six weeks of pushing ourselves past our known limits.  Time came and went faster than we could have imagined but of course,...
My Three Homes

My Three Homes

I don’t call one place home.  That would be impossible.  A home is defined as a place where one lives permanently.  Throughout the course of my life, I’ve lived in upwards of twenty different homes.  Beginning with the Chicago apartment where I was born...
All For One

All For One

This week focused heavily on the element of teamwork.  In every excursion, the need for group effort and support was overwhelmingly present.  We began the week at a Tapas cooking class, completed our last yoga session and visited historic Tarragona.  While our program...
First and Last Time

First and Last Time

I started the weekend by hiking up a valley to get to Vall de Nuria. This was just one of many amazing views that made the journey worth it.     Last Saturday was about to be the most adventurous day in my life so far. This sign marks the beginning of a...
Reflecting and Unfolding

Reflecting and Unfolding

I often got sick when I was little. I was not good at sports or any physical acitivities. I’ve been told that I have a weak body. I grew up believing that 99% true until today. After 5 weeks in this program, with a lot of hiking and walking, I started to...