Sunday, January 30, 2011

La Comida de Costa Rica

All the while I love COSTA RICAN FOOD!!!!.. I mean I love all types of food but Costa Rican food is amazing, so simple and yet muy rico. It might have to do with the fact that everything has cilantro in it but I am definitely a big fan. Our guide told us about how what all Costa Ricans ate was rice and beans for breakfast, beans and rice for lunch and rice and beans for dinner. But of course it was a bit more interesting than that, sometimes the beans mixed with the rice;) And Plantains are amazing… I don’t know why they aren’t so popular they are soo good.
Caribbean style Casado
Regular Casado


For the next few days we would be staying at CATIE, which to my embarrassment was not a lady that we were going to visit but an actual institute for masters and post doctoral studies for solutions for sustainable rural development. Coming here and learning about what the institute does really opened my eyes and made me obtain a great understanding of what sustainable development was about. The mission of the institute is: to contribute to rural poverty by promoting competitive and sustainable agriculture and natural resources management through higher education, research and technical cooperation. 
During our stay there we visited commercial scale and sustainable low scale sugar cane plantations. The difference is quite simple, one priorities quantity whilst the other prioritizes quality. When we were at the sustainable plantation the farmer offered us fresh sugar cane juice that he made right there in the terrepiche it was exactly what u would expect sugarcane juice to taste like... SWEET!!!!!…I think I got a little too excited with the idea of drinking sugar cane, as I experienced a little sugar rush afterwards… I don’t know why but the farmer also had vinegar made from banana and I don’t know why again I tried itand it was exactly as gross as it sounds! On the brighter side we had delicious pineapple at the pineapple plantation the next day. In the meantime we learnt a lot about agriculture, agro-buiness, and agro-tourism within those few days we were at CATIE, it was a bit too much information to absorb in. But I was starting to get really excited about what that classes were going to be like when we were finally about to start.  We were all ready to go to Montverde and settle down and finally unpack. 

El grupo en la fábrica de la caña
Jugo de la caña.... ¡que rico!

Museo Nacional

The following day we went to the National Museum of Costa Rica in San Jose and learnt a lot about the history of the country. I was amazed by the perfectly spherical stone archeological monuments that were made by the pre-Columbian in habitants of the country. It was also very interesting to learn about the ethnical diversity within Costa Rica and the historical events that created them. Such as the afro-Caribbean population in the Limón province that came to work on the plantations there and the Chinese that also came to Costa Rica to make railroads. For that reason I was not surprised when we ended up going to a Chinese restaurant for lunch and when I saw like a million Chinese families all speaking Spanish.