Monday, October 21, 2013

composting toilets, tears and oreos

First of all sorry it has been a while. 
You should be glad to know that nothing exciting has been happening. 
I have just been in class. 
And reading. 
All day everyday!!! 
(that might be a bit of an exaggeration.....but not much of one) 
but i will try and do better....i promise

so this weekend we went on a field trip to a sustainable ranch/education center. 
it is a super cool place that was started by a couple from the U.S. 11 years ago. 
And all 50 of us met up on friday to take the school bus there. 
Yes this the second largest class i have ever been in. 
Yes we do have school buses in grad school....they are small....its cause we are special 
Yes we did stop for a 45 min bathroom break....lots of girls.....just one bathroom. 

all together the trip was enjoyable. 
i sadly don't have a bunch of awesome pictures to show you,
i had already visited the ranch last semester so i didn't think to take pictures.

now back to the title of this post. 
about 15 of us girls had to stay in overflow housing in a bunk house at a different ranch. 
this other ranch was located .5 kilometers away from our home stead 
there was lots of rain and lots of mud and it ended up being somewhat of a huge mess. 

and you know there are some moments where you just feel the need to cry 
and let me tell you getting up in the middle of night in the pitch black dark and climbing down from the most unstable bunk bed ever and grabbing your rain jacket and flash light to walk in the mud up the hill to the bathroom, which is really an outhouseish place with a lovely view of the rainforest (the view was not lovely in the middle of the night) and sitting your bottom on wood is just the thing to make those tears roll out of your eyes. 
Now shockingly i didn't actually cry (which is really surprising cause i am quite famous for my over active tear ducts) but i thought about crying. 
but i didn't i walked back to my bed and switched my rain jacket for my fleece and climbed back in bed and then slept for three hours and then was woken up by the evilest birds ever. 
i waited about 30 minutes and then i got up. 

and ate oreos.....
when times get cookies 

the view from the yoga deck
i never said it wasn't beautiful 

i would just like to mention that this sign was not visible at night in the poring rain.
who doesn't like a bathroom scavenger hunt??? ...oh

el bano 

the view form the toilet. . . 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

love on public transportation

this past summer i spent some time just about every morning on BART
here in Costa Rica I take the public bus all the time
and I spent lots of time on the Metro back in DC

and i always wonder the same thing...
what was public transportation like pre-cell phones (mainly iPhones)

(also lets just take a minute to discuss how crazy it is that i usually still have cell phone service when going under the bay...i mean underwater...and in case you were wondering you can't see the fishies..such a disappointment)

okay back to the point....(sometimes i get a little lost)
now a days everyone has there head in their phone and no one really bothers to say hello or even give a friendly smile because they aren't actually in the moment they are off in some weird place.
and so they miss the fact that their friend from high school is sitting two rows down or that there colleague from work has been taking the same train as them for two years.

even more so...did people use to fall in love on public transportation.
just think of it a lot can happen in a thirty minute metro ride.
and before with nothing else to do but maybe read a book.
how more likely were you to spark up a conversation with a stranger before the era of earbuds.
and where might that conversation have led.

how many people met their soul mates on the bus??
{now thanks to too many seasons of criminal minds i am aware you could also befriend a serial killer on the bust...but maybe he just needs a friend and doesn't plan on locking you in his basement (too naive??? i prefer to say optimistic, yep my friendly conversation is what would keep me from being kidnapped by a serial killer) see what i mean about getting lost sometimes}

well guess what even in this modern technology obsessed if it doesn't happen on facebook its not real world people still fall in love on the bus..
that's right.

this couple here met on a bus.
and they only had three stops together.
but that was enough to send the boy after her the next day
(yes this might be considered stalking...but hey its true love guys)

and a while later they got married on that same bus that they met on.
(not sure how i would feel about a bus wedding...i bet it is economical though)

just another wonderful story that restores my faith in this world.
that life really is simple
even with all the technology in the world

Thursday, September 26, 2013

a little bit of magic

Some days are just rough. 
On those days you need a little bit of magic to remind you how wonderful the world is. 

This video is definitely full of magic! 

I found this amazing video from this article on Grist. 

Make sure you turn the sound on when you watch it. 
It is part of the experience.

I hope you enjoy it!!!  

P.S. You can also watch it here on vimeo (it is a better link). 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


This magical awkwardness happened when I had to say goodbye at the BART stop. 

People definitely stared. 
It was a little awkward. 
But the guy next to me understood. 
Apparently his daughter also acts ridiculous when she has to say goodbye to her college friends. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

the day i became an old lady

22 is a weird age, it is in between anything exciting
 but still young enough to be outside of the adult world. 

Is some how so much older. 
22 and 23 are worlds apart. 
I am not entirely sure why but turning 23 terrified me. 

Luckily I had an absolutely wonderful day! 

Naturally the big kid that I am, I started my morning off with a nice big cup of hot chocolate. 

My supervisor Anna brought me some wonderful treats from a local bakery. 
I definitely had my fair share of chocolate on my birthday. 

We also went out to lunch with one of my co-workers at this awesome restaurant. 
It looked like what I would imagine a restaurant in Paris circa 1920 would look like. 
The food was pretty delicious too. 

Then we got all dressed up and Erin, Tricia and I went to dinner at In N Out. 
I like to keep things real classy. 
Plus a burger, fries and a milkshake is one of my favorite meals. 
And Erin needed to get one more trip in to In N Out before she headed back to Colorado the next day. 

Grilled cheese. Absolutely delicious
And I finally got to try a Neapolitan shake. 
I highly suggest it. 

Then we went to Henry's in Berkeley for some birthday drinks. 

It was pretty classy for a college bar. 

I got some sort of blue drink called a Cable Car. 

It was delicious. 
It tasted like blue lemonade. 

All together ir was one of my favorite birthdays. 
23 might not be so bad after all. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Bouchon Bakery

After we went to Muir Woods we traveled just a bit north to visit 
Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery
and it was delicious I mean absolutely delicious. 
We had sandwiches. And how good can a sandwich be.
But these were amazing! 

And then of course we went back and got dessert. 
We did manage to spill water all over the floor but oh well it happens.  

Erin got an oatmeal raisin ice cream sandwich and I got a raspberry eclair. 
And then we shared a hazelnut macaroon. 

I highly suggest a visit to the bakery. 
So goood. 
Plus you don't have to make a reservation which you kind of need for all of Keller's other restaurants. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Muir Woods Take 2

On Monday morning we had this great grand plan to go to Mama's in SF (which we missed the day before) and then drive across the Golden Gate bridge and then head north to Muir Woods. 
But there was one tiny problem. 
You see I didn't have a car with me in SF. 
So I borrowed my friends and it just so happened that this was the day it decided 
to get sick and have AAA pay a little visit. 
So our plans had to be changed a bit. 
We didn't make it to Mama's or the bridge. 
But I did get to take Erin to the Elmwood Cafe in Berkeley.
And eventually the car situation was made all better and we got to drive to Muir Woods. 
Thankfully Tricia had an amazing CD collection in her car.
So while driving the blue VW bug we sang a long to the Grammy nominees from 2003. 
I highly suggest that album. 

To say that we enjoyed our time there is a major understatement. 
It has been quite some time since I laughed that hard and that much. 
Now there were signs that said to be quiet.
But we didn't really pay attention to those. 
And so we laughed a lot. 
A LOT!!!!!
And it was absolutely wonderful. 
And there really aren't the right words to explain it. 
So I will let the pictures do all the talking. 
And let me tell you these are just a few of them. 
The rest of them were slightly to ridiculous to share. 

^^^ P.S. This is my favorite. ^^^


It was an absolutely wonderful morning. 
It just felt like a different time and space. 
And driving down from the hill we saw the most amazing fog. 
It was literally rolling past us off a cliff. 
There are so many things that just amaze me. 
This world that we live in is so magical and never ceases to surprise and mesmerize me. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Being a Tourist in SF with Erin

On Sunday Erin and I spent the entire day being tours in San Fran. 
She had a list of places she wanted to see. 
And I had saved a few for her visit. 

It was really fun to adventure around and someone it all ended up working out perfectly. 
I love the size of SF, it really is a small city and besides the change of death by hills you really can walk all over it and cover a lot of ground in one day. 

Our adventure naturally started with breakfast. 
After all it is our favorite meal and it just wouldn't be wise 
(or right) to start an adventure on an empty stomach. 
We had attended to go to Mama's which is suppose to be amazing but the line was obnoxious and we had a full day ahead of us. So we tried a different little spot and it was wonderful. 
Surprisingly I did not take pictures. Weird I know. 

We did take the time to ride the Cable Cars.
They are absolutely wonderful and they dropped us off right by our breakfast destination. 
The line of course was ridiculous, even though we tried to get there early.
While in line we got to hungry so I ran in and bought pre breakfast hash browns 
from Burger King. I am not really a fan of fast food (thats a total lie I love fast food, I mean grease!!!! and potatoes!!! and soda!!! but I know it is bad for you and as someone who studies food culture I am well aware of its badness) but sometimes it just really is so darn great and sometimes you are just starving and you need hash browns! 

And yes I can justify just about anything (wink)!!  

We were super bold and decided to ride the cable car standing on the edge. 
Yep that is as close as i get to living on the edge. 
Let me tell you it is really hard to take pictures when you are holding on for dear life. 

Here is the inside of the car. I am super impressed by the guys who drive these. 
Not a job I would want. 

Such a cute little sign.

We walked up to see Lombard St. 
It was most definitely the most touristy place I went in SF.
There were so many people there taking pictures. 
And it is really pretty. 
But I also kind of just don't get it. 
I mean it's more than a little silly. 

We also went to Coit Tower. 

And we were way to cheap to pay the seven dollars to ride the elevator to the top. 
Also there was a really long line. 
But that is what you get on a Sunday in the middle of Summer. 
So here are some views from outside of the tower. 

We accidentally found the stairs at Telegraph Hill. 
Which was on our list, but we had actually forgotten about. 
So it worked out perfectly. 
I think if I had to live in SF I would want it to be one of the houses along the stairs. 
They are in their own little garden world. 

At the bottom of the stairs we found the Levi Strauss & Co. headquarters. 
Levis are by far my favorite jeans. 

They had their own museum. 
It was super cute. 
The store inside their HQ was awesome also. 
It has a cabin inside of it that held the dressing rooms.
There were a gazillion things that I wanted to buy. 
But I left my money in my wallet and the clothes in the store. 

They also had some amazing couches in their lobby. 
This was the view from them. 
We might have taken a little bit of a rest there.

I just love signs. 
Everywhere you go in the world they are equally ridiculous! 

I have absolutely no idea what this was suppose to be a picture of but I love it just the same. 

The bay bridge from a far. 
And some boats.

We were going to the exploratorium but it was also extremely pricey and we didn't really want to pay to fight children to play with things. 
Then we went back to the San Francisco Center and visited some of our favorite stores. 
Erin and I both love a good mall. 

Altogether it was a really fun day!!!