Just heard a barking spider…didn’t know they were down here. Must’ve been all the beans Abram ate yesterday and today. I could not for the life of me find any Salsa at the Fruiteria in Kino Viejo (old kino) so I decided to make my own, which is what the locals must do. Just finished up a delicious dinner of Salsa Fresca (tomatoes, cilantro, radishes, onion, among other fresh things) and bean and cheese burritos. Ohhh yes. I got most of these vegetables from the produce man who yells over a megaphone to announce his arrival. It sounds like something out of 1984. Anyway, we open the gates for him and his truck is packed to the brim with all sorts of goodies. Some stuff I didn’t even know what it was. I got two full bags of stuff for about 12$. Oh yea.
Yesterday, I ended up playing soccer and volleyball in the hot bright cloudless sunshine for hours. The wind was also blowing very strongly against the other team so that helped. I LOVE beach volleyball but am definitely feeling it in my legs today. Also realized I am going to need to bug people to put sunscreen on my back because of the sweet red blotches I acquired trying to do it myself.
Today was an easy day - weekly staff meeting which was 100% in Spanish and I surprisingly followed along pretty well. I went for a play in the water even though it was very very very windy. It stopped being fun after a little while. In the evening Abram, Danny, and I went to find more Osprey nests. We found 2 with chicks in them which was quite exciting. I met a sweet little puppy - if I see him again I may bring him back with me...we went to the Estero Santa Cruz and I was tested on my birding skills. Getting better poco a poco. (little by little). Here is a photo of us looking at the heron colony that is starting up. HUNDREDS of herons: great blue's, tricoloureds, nightherons, snowy egrets and more all gather in these mangroves and nest. This is going to be one of my projects - going out super early in the morning and counting herons. They make weird ass noises that sound like hissing cats.
It will be a week here tomorrow. My how time flies. “I feel like I’ve fallen off the face of the earth” says Danny. He’s been here a month. I sit on my cot made of wood and canvas in my tent and I have an extra blanket tonight because it’s been cold. Buenos noches.
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