Living with Felipes family in San Jose (crocodiles and surfing)

Felipe and all the members of his family loves outdoor activities and so do we! The day after arriving they took us to Jaco (beach town), so we could learn how to surf.

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We were both a little overwhelmed by the waves, but Felipe was a great instructor. Quickly he got Esben on the board, and just after a few instructions… Esben was…

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Esben was flying, and really got the feeling of surfing

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I also tried to learn how to surf, but never just surf in a bikini! I would love to do more surfing, but with a swimsuit that keeps everything in place wlEmoticon-smilewithtongueout Living with Felipes family in San Jose (crocodiles and surfing). Instead I just posed with the board on beach – surfer style.

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After the surfing we joint some of Felipes friends for a trip on a paddleboard. Yes, they are big

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This time I was the one, who was standing on the board, while Esben was sitting on his knees because he could not keep his balance. BUT… Esben had our camera, and he would not give it up, maybe because he didn’t want any pictures of him looking angry and annoyed on the paddleboard.

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I have always been a little bit skeptical and never though of paddle boarding as exercise, but after an hour and a half I was physically tired. The combination of concentration on keeping my balance, using my core strength and all the other muscles in my upper body, was a great work out! We ended a great day with ice cream.

Yes, the ice cream is upside down, because a big part of Costa Rica had been without power, so the ice cream was runny.

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We also visit the famous “Crocodile bridge” on the way to the beach. Big crocodiles laying on the shores at the river. We counted more than 30 crocodiles! The crocodiles in Costa Rica are thriving, and the population of the crocodiles are growing and becoming a problem in Costa Rica. The crocodiles now get’s closer to the beaches, and it is normal to find a crocodile laying on the beach in front of the big hotels, which is at risk for both the tourists and the locals.

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The crocodiles were big, and every year a few people get eaten by the crocodiles in Costa Rica

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Paula also showed us downtown San Jose, because they live in a nice suburb to San Jose called Escazú just 5 minutes from the mountains. San Jose is the capital in Costa Rica. The population in Costa Rica is 4,87 million, whom of 1,72 live in San Jose. In total Costa Rica is 51,100 sq km in comparison to Denmark that is 43,000 sq km and the population is 5,5 million, where 1,3 million lives in Copenhagen (capital of Denmark).

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San Jose is an cultural capital, which is visible all over downtown. In the left picture Pedro Calderón de la Barca (17 January 1600 – 25 May 1681), was a dramatist, poet and writer of the Spanish Golden Age. Walking around downtown enjoying all the art on the streets.

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Murals (paintings on the walls in San Jose)

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Two of the biggest attraction in San Jose is Teatro Nacional and Museo Nacional de Costa Rica. Teatro Nacional was built in 1897 with several statues (Beethoven to the left).

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It is also famous for the lavish marble lobby

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Watching Museo Nacional de Costa Rica from the outside – we didn’t have time to visit (and they wanted 10 usd in entrance)

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Pigeons on the marketplace

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The biggest deferens between Denmark and Costa Rica is the nature, animals and climate.


Denmark Costa Rica
Warmest month July avg. 17 Celsius Annual avg. 21-27 Celsius
Lowest temperature February avg. 0 Celsius Annual avg. 21-27 Celsius
National food Meat balls (frikadeller)
Liver paste (leverpostej)
Port tenderloin (mørbradbøf)
Roast pork (flæskesteg)
Gallo Pinto (rice and beans)
National fruit Apples Banana
National drink Pilsner (lager beer) Guaro (a slightly sweet elixir, which is distilled juice derived from sugarcane)
National sport Soccer Soccer
Number of islands 443 islands about 34 islands
Highest mountain Ejer Baunehøj 171 meter Cerro Chirripó 3,820 meter
Dangerous animals None, except that horses causes 9,000 injuries per year Snakes, crocodile, jaguar, puma, spiders and frogs

Having the same national sport we watched the soccer confederations cup final between Germany and Chile. Felipes grandfather is from Chile… but Chile lost 0-1.

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