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Fabio Comes Across the Ocean To See Me At The Ranch

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So this idea came about many months ago when during one of our many "skype-dates" I questioned the potential for two such drastically different people coming from different continents and cultures and backgrounds to have the ability to comfortably meld their lives together. After many hours of talking it out over the soft glow of the computer screen, Fabio finally came up with the idea to come visit me while I would be in Costa Rica so he could witness first hand what it is that makes me tick and try to learn more about the sustainable lifestyle. Maybe, this way we could see if he had what it takes to take the plunge into my preferred lifestyle. I thought it was a grand idea. And here we were, several months later, experiencing life in the mountains of Costa Rica together.

I can not even begin to describe to you how overwhelmingly I was overtaken with anticipation of his arrival at the ranch. From my first day at the ranch, whenever I would learn or see something new I would find myself thinking "I can't wait to show this to Fabio". Finally, the day had come; I got up at 4:30am so I could take the buses into the city to meet him at the airport, and as I eagerly waited in the greeting area of the airport, I shamelessly held up a sign that I made with his name inside a big gaudy heart. When I saw him come around the corner I couldn't help but jump and squeal with excitement as I ran and jumped into his arms :)
From that moment on things didn't go exactly how I had been dreaming (due to some unexpected revelations... which I won't get into here...) we still managed to have a unforgettable beautiful shared experience in CR. I am so happy that I was able to share my favorite country with him and introduce him to the alluring magic of the tropical rainforest.

His visit came during an unusually eventful time in Mastatal. His first night at the ranch happened to be the same night as a big dance in town which set the fun bar pretty high for an otherwise fairly boring and uneventful tiny village. Then a couple days later, we broke ground for the bamboo composting toilet project (with which he was a great help), and at the end of the first week we took a group trip to the beach for a few days. We went on a couple hikes to the beautiful nearby waterfalls and spent a lot of quality conversation time together over the course of his two week visit. In fact, as a fellow intern so accurately put it "never have I ever, spent an entire 36 hours talking to only one person"... hehe, but honestly we needed it. So here's a few pictures of the time we shared.

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