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Scottish, 24, female. Works hard plays hard. Favourite quote- "Though we travel the world to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we will find it not."

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  • Location now

    Costa Rica

  • Travel philosophy

    As told in the quote above, "Though we travel the world to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we will find it not."

  • Craziest place

    There are many, many crazy places in the world, from bad-crazy to good-crazy, Los Angeles is pretty weird-crazy.

  • Bizarre experience

    Not sure if its the most bizarre, but definitely up there with weird and wonderful.. I was staying for a week on a small island in Fiji where I learned about the Fijian culture and customs. I learned, amongst other things, about the different plants on the island, (poisonous and medicinal) how to climb a palm tree, traditional methods of cooking, traditional dances and songs, how to make hats and all sorts from palm leaves, and the tradition of Kava. Kava to the Fijians is like wine to the Spanish. You'll find groups of men relaxing in the evenings sitting around drinking from the kava bowl. It's from the root of the Kava plant which is ground down to powder and mixed with water until it looks (and tastes) like muddy puddle water. My introduction to this was on the beach in a big circle of people, each one going through the ritual before drinking from the half coconut shell. This continued throught the night as you would imagine with those spanish and their wine. The effects are slightly different of course, and the best way to describe it is like getting drunk without the heavy wobbly bit.. And the rather strange anaesthetic effect which slowly takes away all feeling in your mouth and jaw.. Topped off with learning some songs about kava drinking (perhaps not so traditional, see below) it proved to be a very enjoyable evening. The best bit- no hangover in the morning! (to the tune of waltzing matilda) Once a young fijian man Sitting by the kava bowl Under the shade of the coconut tree And he drank and he drank And he drank until the morning light Wont you come along drinking kava with me.

  • Advice

    Always listen to your instincts..!! follow your gut feeling !!!!! And remember you are there for the experience of being there. Don't get lost planning the next move, enjoy the moment.

  • Dream destination

    It´s a big world, lots to see, more than I can dream about.

  • Traveled before

    Europe-UK, France, Germany, Czec Republic, Italy, Spain, Greece,Sweden, Denmark, Bulgaria, Belgium, Ireland, Holland, Austria, USA, Indonesia- Bali Lombok, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia, Fiji, Hawaii.Costa Rica.

  • Going next

    Costa Rica,and around Central America.

Ruth Bell's Guide Book Entries


  • Caribbean Coast History and Overview

    Dec 11, 2008 - Costa Rica


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  • Cha Cha Cha

    Nov 25, 2008 - Cahuita, Costa Rica

    Cha Cha Cha is one of the oldest restaurants in town famous for its wonderful world food menu. More expensive ......

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  • La Fé

    Nov 25, 2008 - Cahuita, Costa Rica

    This is one of the best known restaurants in town, recommended by both tourists and locals for their excellent Caribbean ......

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  • Cahuita National Park

    Nov 25, 2008 - Cahuita, Costa Rica

    One of the main attractions for those coming to Cahuita, the National Park is a natural paradise; dense jungle surrounded ......

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  • Puerto Viejo

    Oct 21, 2007 - Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

    The largest tourist destination on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, Puerto Viejo is located just south the smaller beach town of ......

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  • Limón

    Mar 18, 2006 - Costa Rica

    Limon offers tropical weather year-round and all the enticements of Caribbean culture, from an exciting nightlife to aquatic adventures. Limon ......

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  • La Finca Chica

    Dec 19, 2008 - Costa Rica

    Four lovely houses are up for rent here on the spacious grounds of la Finca Chica, just back from the ......

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  • Cariblue

    Dec 19, 2008 - Costa Rica

    One of the most popular jungle-bungalow resorts in the area, Cariblue is a wonderful place for nature lovers looking to ......

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  • Totem Hotel Resort

    Dec 19, 2008 - Costa Rica

    This spacious beach-front resort is surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens and is great for nature-lovers, surfers and families. Here, the ......

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  • La Pecora Nera

    Dec 18, 2008 - Costa Rica

    Well known as one of the best restaurants in the area, La Pecora Nera is a great place to treat ......

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  • El Sol Del Caribe

    Dec 18, 2008 - Costa Rica

    This popular Argentine pizzeria-bar-restaurant has a warm, relaxed atmosphere as well as great food. Eat at carved wood tables with ......

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  • Café Río Negro

    Dec 18, 2008 - Costa Rica

    Enjoy sandwiches and salads, Dutch pancakes, burgers and snacks all for $3 to $6 in this small local café. The ......

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  • Playa Blanca

    Nov 25, 2008 - Cahuita, Costa Rica

    The long white beach, Playa Blanca, is part of the National Park and is popular with tourists coming to relax ......

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  • Playa Negra

    Nov 25, 2008 - Cahuita, Costa Rica

    Playa negra, the Black Beach, is located on the north side of Cahuita, the opposite end of the main street ......

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  • Horseback riding

    Nov 25, 2008 - Cahuita, Costa Rica

    A popular pastime in Cahuita, horseback tours appeal to all ages and fitness levels. Trips can be arranged to go ......

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  • Turistica Cahuita

    Nov 25, 2008 - Cahuita, Costa Rica

    Owned by a friendly North American expat, this company offers lots of useful tourist information along with many different activities ......

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  • Caribe Tropical, National Park Hotel

    Nov 25, 2008 - Cahuita, Costa Rica

    Situated underneath the National Park hotel, by the National Park entrance, Caribe tropical specializes in transportation and reasonably priced customized ......

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  • Roberto Tour

    Nov 25, 2008 - Cahuita, Costa Rica

    Part of Roberto’s restaurant, the locally-owned tour company specializes in fishing trips. The most popular is the four-hour trip, $100, ......

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  • Cahuita Shopping

    Nov 25, 2008 - Cahuita, Costa Rica

    Cahuita’s main street has many small shops selling clothes, souvenirs, jewelry and swimwear. Just next door to Pizz’n love is ......

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  • Laundry

    Sep 29, 2008 - Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

    Most hotels offer a laundry service at a reasonable charge. If you’re going green, Café Rico and the laundry by ......

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  • Internet Services

    Sep 26, 2008 - Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

    There are few internet shops around town and charges vary, but expect to pay around $3/hr. Some hotels offer free ......

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