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Costa Rica Tour – Tour Day 8

By Susan Mahr January 12, 2018 We had to be up early this morning to have the luggage set outside the rooms at 6:30 and down to breakfast when the restaurant opened at 7:00. It was cloudy with a heavy mist, enough to have the gutters dripping from the accumulated moisture, so there was no glorious sunrise to…

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Costa Rica Tour – Tour Day 7

By Susan Mahr January 11, 2018 The sound of the surf crashing on the sand just a few hundred feet from our rooms was a constant white noise to lull everyone to sleep. With no activities scheduled for the day, everyone got to do their own thing – sleep in, take an optional excursion, hike…

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Costa Rica Tour – Tour Day 6

By Susan Mahr January 10, 2018 It had rained overnight and skies were partly cloudy this morning when we met on the deck near the restaurant at 6:30 to watch the birds coming in to the feeder in the cool air. The howler monkeys that had been howling in the distance had stopped making noise, but the…

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Costa Rica Tour – Tour Day 5

By Susan Mahr January 9, 2018 Birds started chattering and howler monkeys could be heard in the distance well before dawn (and people in adjacent room jabbering). The volcano stood out against the pale sky, with tendrils of clouds streaming across its slopes when we got up around 6:00, but 15 minutes later it was completely gone from…

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Costa Rica Tour – Tour Day 4

By Susan Mahr January 8, 2018 The rain continued for much of the night, but it was just incredibly damp when we woke in the morning. As the avian dawn chorus diminished a few howler monkeys could be heard in the distance. Margherita was waiting with her spotting scope near the dining area at 7:00, but…

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Costa Rica Tour – Tour Day 3

By Susan Mahr January 7, 2018 It rained on and off all night long, with the soft pitter-patter of raindrops on the foliage outside mixing with the whirring, trilling and buzzing of insects, chattering of geckos, and clicking and plinking of frogs for a lovely background serenade that was only occasionally disrupted by noisy trucks…

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Costa Rica Tour – Tour Day 2

By Susan Mahr January 6, 2018 The skies were brighter this morning, but still plenty of clouds around and a bit breezy when we met for breakfast at 7:15. The blue crowned motmots were not cooperating and didn’t visit the feeders at all while we were there. We were back in the lobby with our luggage…

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By Susan Mahr January 4 & 5, 2018 Thursday January 4 This was the smallest group we’ve ever had, with only four participants. Kathy, from Tucson, came on a redeye, arriving early in the morning, while everyone else got in late afternoon on the same flight. Nancy, from Houston, and Beverly, from Fort Atkinson, WI, were…

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Spain Tour – Tour Day 10

Check out our gallery for more photos! By Susan Mahr October 14, 2017 Everyone enjoyed breakfast at their leisure and were in the lobby around 9:20 when Alberto pulled up with the bus. We loaded up and were on our way at 9:30, driving the winding streets downs from the heights with a dramatic view of Granada below…

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Spain Tour – Tour Day 9

Check out our gallery for more photos! By Susan Mahr October 13 Everyone was on their own for breakfast in the hotel dining room, with a large spread of wonderful looking foods – large assortment of cut and whole fruits, including whole persimmons, baskets of all sorts of breads and pastries, a meat and cheese…

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Spain Tour – Tour Day 8

Check out our gallery for more photos! By Susan Mahr October 12 Once again everyone was on their own to go to the breakfast buffet at their leisure, and we were ready by 9:20 to board the bus just down the cobblestone street (where we were let off previously). Susan passed out individually wrapped See’s Candies before…

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Spain Tour – Tour Day 7

Check out our gallery for more photos! By Susan Mahr October 11, 2017 Breakfast was in a nice, but not exotic, room in the lower level, with a wide selection of standard breakfast items, plus a lot of desserts. People came and went as they chose, and we were all assembled in the entry courtyard…

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Spain Tour – Tour Day 6

Check out our gallery for more photos! By Susan Mahr October 10 Everyone went to breakfast at their leisure and were in the reception area by the appointed time of 9:20. There was a little confusion about what to do with the luggage, but it was finally determined that a taxi was coming to take the…

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Spain 2017 – Tour Day 5

Check out our gallery for more photos! By Susan Mahr October 9 We had a free morning until 11:30, so people slept in and got to breakfast whenever they wanted. The morning meal is served in the basement; exiting the elevator was like stepping into a cave or grotto with the walls encrusted with small stones…

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Spain 2017 – Tour Day 4

Check out our gallery for more photos! By Susan Mahr October 8 We were up early and everyone was downstairs by 7:00 to pick up our bagged breakfast (ham sandwich on white bread, apple, banana, orange juice, bottle of water, and a package of Oreo cookies) at reception (although a few went downstairs to the restaurant for…

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Spain 2017 – Tour Day 3

Check out our gallery for more photos! By Susan Mahr October 7 We were on our own for breakfast any time after 7:00, but had to be ready by 8:30 to meet our guide Norbert for our walking tour this morning. We headed outside to walk down the street the Hotel Cubik is on, stopping briefly to look…

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Spain 2017 – Tour Day 2

Check out our gallery for more photos! By Susan Mahr October 6 We came down for breakfast any time after 7:00 and were all assembled in the lobby by 9:00 so that we could load the bus for departure with driver Ernesto only 3-4 minutes late. We headed through the city, stopping frequently for red lights in moderate traffic,…

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Spain 2017 – Tour Day 1

Check out our gallery for more photos! By Susan Mahr October 5, 2017 No one really wanted to get up in the morning, but Cindy, Mary, Susan and Dan made it down to the restaurant on the lower level by 9:00 to enjoy the extensive buffet (multiple types of cheese, sliced cured meats, a plethora of pastries, several types…

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Spain 2017 – Pre Tour

Check out our gallery for more photos! By Susan Mahr October 3rd Seven of us departed the US a day early in case of travel interruptions and to make the recovery in a new time zone easier. Susan and Dan (from Wisconsin) met Mary (Missouri) in Philadelphia for their flight to Barcelona, while Cindy (Minnesota) and Linda…

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