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Friday, November 17th finally came and at 2 PM I “punched out” of work and started my long awaited vacation to Costa Rica and Colombia. The flight was one of the worst I’ve been on in over 30 years of flying. There was so much turbulence that there was no meal on the flight because it was too dangerous. To use the restroom people were actually crawling down the aisle because it was too bumpy to stand up. All in all I was very happy when we finally landed.

I got up early on Saturday and my driver Gerardo met me and took me to the Café Britt coffee plantation for a tour. The tour costs $30 and includes a tour of the plantation, a tour of part of the processing plant, a live theatrical performance, and a buffet lunch. It’s definitely worth the $30 and you learn quite a bit about the history of coffee throughout the world. After the tour was over and while we were waiting for lunch I took the opportunity to sneak back out into the coffee fields and pick some coffee beans. I tried one and it doesn’t taste anything like you would think. Coffee beans are actually fruit and they taste like berries and are kind of sweet.



Check Out The Window Washer On The Building

The "Road" To Heredia

2 Cars On This Bridge Is A Bad Idea

What's Under The Bridge...

Roadside Hardware Store

Feliz Navidad

Are U Ready For Some Futbol?

Cafe Britt Grounds

Cafe Britt Grounds

Our Tour Guides

Killer Ants

Tour Guides

Bagging Area

Bagging Area

Coffee Roaster

Coffee Roaster

Production Control

Bagging Area

After touring the production area there is a performance in the Cafe Britt theatre about the history of coffee. It's actually quite amusing and some parts are very funny. I filmed a short video of it so you can get an idea of what the show was like. I should point out that since this was a new camera I had no idea how big the video file would be and I didn't want to fill up my memory card so I kept it short. It hadn't dawned on me yet just how much you can fit on a 2 GB card. (a whole lot) I also didn't want to put video on the site because of the large amounts of bandwidth it uses. Then the thought occurred to me to put the videos on youtube...unfortunately, the thought didn't occur to me until my last day on the road so I didn't take a lot of video. I plan to add a lot more on the next trip since I now have an easy way to host them that won't cost me any money.



Cafe Britt Tour

Cafe Britt Tour

Cafe Britt Tour

Cafe Britt Tour

Cafe Britt Tour

Cafe Britt Tour

Cafe Britt Tour

Cafe Britt Gardens

Mmmmmmmm, Coffee

Coffee

Coffee

Bananas

The Red Beans Are Ripe

Coffee

I Picked My Own!

Cafe Britt "Cafe"

A Cinnamin Bush

Macadamia Nut Shell Mulch

The Buffet

I Had Pollo And Rice

Fruit For Dessert

Costa Rican Wheelbarrow

Adios, Cafe Britt!

On Saturday night I went to my favorite restaurant, La Esquina De Buenos Aires, and had my favorite meal. As always, the Lomito de pimienta and carpaccio were fabulous. I took my camera with me and took some photos while I was there. This brings me to another subject…I bought a new camera. My old camera, while very good, was big and bulky which is a very bad thing if you vacation were I do. My new camera is a Cannon SD600 (6 megapixel) and is about the size of a credit card. Not only does it take fabulous photos it easily fits in your pocket and can be concealed in the palm of your hand.


Carpaccio

Lomito De Pimienta

La Esquina De Beunos Aires

My New Wallpaper On My Computer

I Love This House

Sportsmens Lodge, Great Sports Bar


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