Monday, 6 December 2010

Tail of hurricane Tomas hits Costa Rica

When we arrived on the beach of Puntarenas in Costa Rica, it was covered with wood and crap. The week before, hurricane Tomas caused a storm in this area that damaged the beaches, destroyed houses, changed the course of rivers, created mud streams and killed 28 people. To us this village looked rather unsafe with its houses projected by barb wire, but the guide explained that this was a Costa Rican tradition and that the people are very peaceful and friendly. Costa Rica is one of the few countries in the world without an army. They decided to invest in their educational system instead. They have a population of 4,2 million and are one of the most ecological aware countries. We will visit a tropical rain forest and make a river trip to watch birds, crocodiles and wildlife.

Toen we aankwamen op het strand van Puntarenas in Costa Rica, zagen we dat het bedekt was met hout en afval. De voorgaande week had orkaan Tomas hier een storm veroorzaakt die de stranden had bevuild, huizen vernield, koersen van rivieren gewijzigd, modderstromen veroorzaakt en 28 mensen gedood. Voor ons leek het stadje wat gevaarlijk met alle huizen beschermt door prikkeldraad, maar de gids verklaarde ons dat dit een Costa Ricaanse traditie was. Hij verzekerde ons dat de mensen hier vreedzaam en vriendelijk zijn. Costa Rica is 1 van de weinige landen in de wereld die geen leger heeft. Men heeft er voor gekozen om te investeren in onderwijs in plaats van militaire doeleinden. Het land heeft een bevolking van 4,2 miljoen en is zeer ecologisch bewust. We gaan het tropisch regenwoud bezoeken en een trip maken op een rivier om vogels, krokodillen en ander wild te bekijken.

Costa Rica Puntarenas
Costa Rica Puntarenas
Costa Rica Puntarenas
Costa Rica Puntarenas
Costa Rica Puntarenas
Costa Rica Puntarenas
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  1. It happened when I was visiting Antigua and Barbuda, at the day of the departure. It was scary and, of course, planes didn't land and I couldn't leave the island! :-)

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