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Waterfall

hiking-down-to-the-waterfallIn Uvita we did a hike to a wonderful waterfall. waterfall uvitaWhen we first arrived we were the only ones thereswimming-in-the-fallsSo we quickly shed our clothes and got into the water.costa-rican-familyIt wasn’t long before a large Costa Rican family joined us. practicing-englishThe father was very insistent that his teenage daughter have a conversation with Dave to practice her English. She asked good questions. english-practiceHere Dave is describing the cold and snow of Winnipeg to her. 

hiking-up-the-river-bedAfter swimming for quite a long time we hiked up the river bed to a smaller waterfall and pool. should-he-jumpDave contemplated whether or not he should jump from the high rocks at the sidedave-jumping-into-waterfallThere he goes!

good-landingGood landing!waterfall-spaWhere the water rushed over the rocks there was a little cradle in the stones where you could lie down, put your ears under the water and the spray whirled around you like you were in a hot tub at a spa. waterfall-spa-daveAll the outside noise was blocked out except for the sound of the water. It was blissful!floating at the waterfallFloating in that lovely cool pool in the Costa Rican heatsky-as-i-floatedand staring up at the sky and clouds through the trees was sooooooooo relaxing. hike-to-smaller-poolIt was hard to leave and begin the rocky trek home. 

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The Dawn Chorus

loft-bedroom-flutterbyThe dawn chorus is quite remarkable here in Uvita Costa Rica.  Our last days at the Flutterby House we were switched to a room with a loft bedroom that had us sleeping way up high in the trees. shower-flutterbyOur shower was open to the jungle.  There were no windows along the front wall of our room so in the morning when the sun came up at 5:45 we woke to its natural light and the loud dawn chorus of the birds. The dawn chorus is an extra loud and long crescendo of noise issued by birds just as the day dawns. There are lots of ideas about why this happens but no one really understands it. 

sunset-at-uvitaI learned about the dawn chorus while reading the book For the End of Time by Rebecca Rischin. She wrote about two concentration camp survivors who decribed the dawn chorus of the birds this way…… “We’d hear a ‘peep’, the small cry of a song bird, like a conductor giving the pitch, and then all the birds, the whole orchestra of them would be singing. It was deafening.”

uvita-skylineThe dawn chorus of the birds in Uvita is accompanied by the sound of the ocean surf in the background, which we hear all night long and the occasional loud thump of a coconut falling from a tree onto our roof.  To hear a recording of the dawn chorus I tried to make one morning just click on the photo above. 

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Flutterby

flutterby-signWe are now at  Flutterby House a few kilometers from Uvita, Costa Rica. Kim and Pam two sisters from California founded Flutterby House.

We are in Flutterby Cabin 2

We are in Flutterby Cabin 2

Together with friends and local workers Kim and Pam have constructed all the buildings and infrastructure in the Flutterby camp.

People from all over the world stay at Fluttery

People from all over the world stay at Flutterby

When butterflies migrate they come together at the end of the day to roost. Flutterby House tries to provide a place for people to come together and ‘rest’ on their journeys, to be inspired by one another’s stories before moving on.

Help yourself bananas outside the lounge

Help yourself bananas outside the lounge

Butterflies are symbols of change as they move from egg, to caterpillar, chrysalis and butterfly. Pam and Kim want visitors to realize that every little positive change we make in our lifestyle can have an impact on the future of the earth.

Reception desk at Flutterby

Reception desk at Flutterby

Caring for the environment and conserving it is at the heart of everything at Flutterby House.

The yoga platform

The yoga platform

 There is no air conditioning on the campus. All roofs are built so the ocean breeze will ventilate the rooms and lots of screens let in the cooler night air.

Walkway to our cabin

Walkway to our cabin

Solar lights illuminate the pathways and skylights let natural light into buildings.

Our one room cabin

Our one room cabin

 Laundry is hung outside to dry. Only second-hand sheets and towels are sourced for use at the hostel since they are as comfortable as new ones.

Even the straws are reusable

Even the straws are reusable

Straws are made of steel and no paper or plastic containers, dishes or cutlery are used. All waste is recycled or composted.

Communal showers and toilets

Communal showers and toilets

Since all soaps are biodegradable, water from showers and laundry runs through a stone and gravel drainage system and then is used to irrigate plants and trees. Water and solids from toilets goes through a waste system that turns them into fertilizer for the soil.

The restaurant kiosk

The restaurant kiosk

 All the meals in the restaurant are made from locally sourced food suppliers.

Communal kitchen

Communal kitchen

There is also a communal kitchen if you want to cook yourself

Great Flutterby breakfast with lots of fruit

Great Flutterby breakfast with lots of fruit

but we find the food made in the restaurant so good, generously proportioned, healthy and reasonably priced at Flutterby it seems crazy to cook on our own.

Communal dining

Communal dining

You eat at a long table so you can get to know the people from all over the world who are at Flutterby. Last night we had a great visit with a woman from North Carolina who had lived in Shanghai for the last five years and with a couple from Washington state here on a holiday.  

Flutterby motto

Flutterby motto

If you can’t afford to pay the reasonable rates (our cabin was $40 a night- dorm room space can be reserved for under $10) you can volunteer and work for your food and lodging.

Equipment for rent

Equipment for rent

The staff is helpful and cheerful and there are surfboards, bicycles and snorkel equipment available. The other guests are a great source of information about what to do in the area. There is a very strict 10’o’clock quiet rule so everyone can sleep comfortably.

flutterby-house-uvitaStaying here is a very different experience but one we are glad we included in our Costa Rica itinerary.

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