At least that’s what they say in costa rica – pure life.
I’ve been here almost a week and haven’t seen any of it… I arrived late on Sunday night and boarded a bus. I slept for the next 2 hours of the bus ride when we arrived in Turrialba. We’re staying at CATIE the Center for Tropical Agriculture Investigation and Teaching (or something to that effect – http://www.catie.ac.cr). It’s a very secluded place. We’re kept inside the walls by a guard who works at the entrance and we’ve only been off campus once since arrival. The center is used to do research and there are also Masters and PhD programs here…
Since Monday, I’ve basically been staring at a hundred thousand power point presentations about REDD – reducing emissions from deforestation and land degradation. The idea is that countries that are forested and haven’t cut down their trees should be given an incentive for not cutting them down with the idea that cutting them down would release more greenhouse gases, leading to global warming and our eventual deaths (okay, so I wouldn’t go that far, but it will involve a lot of changes in all of our lives). I’ve learned a lot about methodology, different projects, etc, and it has been great! I’ve met a lot of cool people from all over the globe. And I’ve also learned that the real purpose of these conferences is not really to learn more information about the subject matter, but to meet people and make connections to improve your work – whether financially or otherwise. Today was our big show – our project clinic. We had 12 potential projects present, all of which have questions about methodologies or legality, etc, and we have them sitting down with experts in the themes and they are trying to figure out how to make their projects work. Pretty cool. I managed to escape to a little side room which has a good internet connection to be able to do this sort of stuff now, though I’ve mostly been able to check my email all week.
Tomorrow I’m going white water rafting!!!! Then, hopefully on Sunday I’ll have a little bit of time to explore down town San Jose before I get on the plane to go back home and to real life. Monday is NOT going to be a fun day. I have a bunch of work that I need to catch up on. I think I might stay home on Tuesday to be able to vote, plus I get a comp day for travelling on a weekend, so I might as well use it – I have to do a lot of laundry and Mom is not willing to share her new (front loading!) washer.
For now, though, I better post this before my internet connection disappears. Peace, love and pura vida to all!