Reflections on Ottenhöfen im Schwarzwald

The best travel tip I have ever received is to travel locally, and on this trip this meant that I deliberately chose places away from the cities. Places that travel guides don’t tell you about. Places that the locals go but the tourists have never heard of, or better, even locals have not heard of it yet. Places where your google search might only come up with one reliable website as a resource. Continue reading

My Experience With German Rail So Far

Before I came to Germany, I had heard so much about German efficiency. It was almost like a phrase that could just roll off your tongue. People had given me high expectations of their public transport system. However, I can’t help but feel so disillusioned with what is supposedly one of the best train networks in the world. I’ve only been here for 4 days, and here are some disastrous stories already:

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Confessions of An Atypical Uni Student

I After three years of being at uni, I’m slowly realising that everything I was told in high school about this magical phase of my life hasn’t really happened. Every time I mention something that I love, or complain about something that I hate, someone will always go on to say that I’m crazy. But hey, that’s ok! I’m finally starting to embrace these abnormalities! Here’s a list of my confessions: Continue reading

Las Tortugas Pizzeria, Ostional

Life on our volunteer project was very pleasant. We were fed three meals a day, and this isn’t an exaggeration, but even till this day I still miss our chef Yami’s cooking. It was just such a balanced diet, with lots of rice, beans, vegetables, meat and fresh juice at every meal. However, we’re not Costa Ricans (unfortunately). We sometimes needed those fatty foods, and those sweets. Luckily, even a small town like Ostional has 2 restaurants in town. Las Tortugas Pizzeria was our go-to place. They did the best batidos I have ever tasted! When I travelled around the country after my volunteering project, I would order a batido with all my lunches and dinners (and some breakfasts too), but nowhere was the same as the pineapple ones from Las Tortugas. I really hope this post will inspire you to go to visit Ostional. Don’t forget to visit this wonderful pizzeria while you’re here. Continue reading

La Baula Lodge, Tortuguero National Park

I have found my favourite national park in Costa Rica. Really, if you ever go to that country and (somehow) only have the option of visiting one national park, this one would be my recommendation. It is surrounded by forests, the ocean and brackish water canals. It is where you can see all sorts of different wildlife one would associate Costa Rica with (think toucans, sloths, macaws, hummingbirds etc.). It is the place with some of the kindest Ticos (Costa Ricans) you’ll ever meet. The beautiful thing about this national park is that it’s the extreme version of Venice. Everywhere you want to go, you need to take a boat, which is why choosing your accommodation is so important. I stayed in La Baula Lodge, which was at a wonderful location of in between two canals. Honestly, out of all the places that I stayed at while travelling around Costa Rica, this was the most authentic Costa Rican experience I could hope for (other than my volunteer research station back in Ostional). Continue reading

Leaving Turtle Conservation Project

I’ve finally arrived home after a month of volunteering at the turtle conservation project in Ostional, followed by travelling around the country for about 20 days. As much of an introvert as I say I am, I can’t help but think that those moments created by the people here are the things I’ll miss most about the turtle project. Don’t get me wrong, I will definitely miss the daily routine of seeing turtles lay their eggs and watching the Arribada happen (An Arribada usually occurs once a month when there’s a new moon, where hundreds and thousands of turtles come to lay their eggs simultaneously. The Arribada usually lasts for around 3-4 days, each day between sunset and sunrise, and over the course of a five-day Arribada, up to 10 million eggs may be left here in Ostional.), but there was just something about the locals that really stuck with me. Continue reading