Today we switched focus from biodiversity to eco-tourism. This means we went out to a local sustainable farm for breakfast this morning. Many of us weren’t too happy at getting up even earlier than previous days to do this but we once again piled into the cars at 6:15 this morning on our way to Finca-Albergue. This small village is at a higher altitude than Tirimbina (1000m or 3000 feet) and the access road was not meant for minivans. My van driver once even had to ask all the guys to get out and push while the rest of us sat in the front of the car as dead weight to give the driving wheels more friction (MIT students never stop doing physics). As we caught up to them, we saw Erin – a TA – rescuing a horse from some barbed wire. Later up the hill two of the three vans were once again stuck. After a couple failed attempts, everyone was forced to walk up the hill while the cars stayed parked at the bottom.
Today, and a little last night, we also got our first taste of rain in a rain forest. The sound is beautiful and the coolness it brings refreshing. The radio students aren’t as happy with the rain because it means that they need to take extra care with the fragile equipment and keep it out of the rain. The best way to do this is to cover the microphone in a condom! Now, the radio people are already being somewhat invasive because in order to get good sound you need to hold the microphone rather close to someone’s mouth. Imagine the scene when the protected microphone is held up to a speaker’s mouth!
I hope tomorrow will be as exciting as today was!