It's hard to believe that it is a month since I posted anything here. So busy! And a lot of company. Today I am alone...though expecting a writer friend who lives in Portland for lunch...so I'l take a minute to update things.
My granddaughter 19, finished her almost-3-months in Costa Rica, where she was atending language immersion school and also volunteering in a national refuge for rescued animals, and came here for a brief visit before returning to Germany. She came away with a great love of the country, a lot of new friends from everywhere, and a conversational comfort with Spanish.
There was a tragic interruption when one of the volunteers was murdered by poachers/drug runners. He had been patrolling sea turtle nests at night, guarding the eggs, which bring a hefty price and are therefore valuable to poachers. There is now a reward for the capture of the murderers and there has been a lot of publicity (google MURDER LIMON COSTA RiCA), but no arrest yet, and it was a devastating set of events for young idealistic volunteers.
Here is Nadine, with a knkajou, which is actually related to the raccoon family. She also worked with baby monkeys.