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2019 Costa Rica Tour Day 9

By Susan Mahr January 24, 2019 Those of us staying at Trogon had a relaxed morning, with breakfast anytime after 7:00, luggage needing to be outside the rooms by 7:30, and departure at 8:30. It was a little bit warmer this morning than yesterday (53) and there were a few birds around, including the ground-foraging…

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2019 Costa Rica Tour Day 8

By Susan Mahr January 23, 2019 It was quite chilly overnight, but between the propane heaters, hot water bottle left under the covers and the thick, snuggly comforter on the bed it was very nice for sleeping. And it was pretty quiet, with few sounds other than the soothing hypnotic sound of the river running…

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2019 Costa Rica Tour Day 7

By Susan Mahr January 22, 2019 The birds and people started making noise around 5:00. Most people were up early, leaving their bags outside the rooms and up to the dining hall by 6:30 (or before to watch the same assortment of tanagers and other small birds we’d seen the previous day coming in to…

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2019 Costa Rica Tour Day 6

By Susan Mahr January 21, 2019 The students were noisy for a while, but by 11:30 they had dispersed to their rooms, and things were quiet outside other than the occasional rustling of foliage in the breeze, and a brief shower in the middle of the night. The kitchen workers started clanking and banging in…

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2019 Costa Rica Tour Day 5

By Susan Mahr January 20, 2019 Howler monkeys started up around 5:00 and kept going for nearly an hour in the trees in the near distance. The bird dawn chorus started up around 5:30, with a diversity of twittering, cawing, peeping, chirping, whistling and squawking. By 6:00 the clouds out over the ocean were tinged…

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2019 Costa Rica Tour Day 4

By Susan Mahr January 19, 2019 Today was a free day, with a few people going off on the optional tours to learn about mangroves or visit Corcovado National Park. We met for breakfast around 7:00 to partake of the typical buffet with fruits, pastries, eggs, gallo pinto, bacon, plantains, pancakes, etc., sitting at the same…

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2019 Costa Rica Tour Day 3

By Susan Mahr January 18, 2019 This morning we had to get up early and eat hastily, with a request to have the luggage out when we came down for breakfast at 6:30 when the restaurant opened. While we quickly enjoyed the same buffet – this time with pancakes – Andreas and the bellboys loaded everything…

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2019 Costa Rica Tour Day 2

By Susan Mahr January 17, 2019 Everyone was on their own for breakfast in the restaurant any time after 6:30. The buffet offered a large variety of selections including tropical fruits, assorted pastries and breads, and hot dishes of scrambled eggs, gallo pinto (rice and beans), fried plantains, and more, along with juices and coffee. For those…

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By Susan Mahr Tuesday January 15 A few of us flew down the day before since flights wouldn’t get in until very late in the evening. Larry and Judy from the Minneapolis area were the first to arrive in late afternoon, followed by sisters Sandy and Kaye from different places in Wisconsin that evening, and…

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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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