|Beautiful sunsets - Costa Rica is full of them|
Statistics show that Costa Rica is the happiest country in the world – brilliant! So no need to panic. Storming ahead of rival countries in categories such as life expectancy, life satisfaction and ecological footprint, it seems that Costa Rica is the number one place to live in the world… which can’t be a bad place to be spending the next few months of your life! This is closely followed by the Dominican Republc, Jamaica, Guatemala, Vietnam, Columbia, El Salvador, Brazil and Honduras to round up the top ten. (We’re unsure of where the UK is ranked… but let’s not dwell on that).
Population - Approx. 4,578,945
Climate - Hot, hot, hot for the majority of the year. The dry season runs from January through May and the rainy season from May to November and December (top tip: pack your waterproofs just in case). The average annual temperature for most of the country lies between 21.7°C (71°F) and 27°C (81°F). The coolest months are from November through January, and the warmest from March through May.
The very basic:
Hola - Hello, Adios - Goodbye, Gracias – Thank you, Por favour - Please
Buenos Dias – Good morning!
Hasta luego – See you later
¿Cómo estas? – How are you?
The Raleigh essentials:
Una Carpa - Tent
Una Brujula - Compass
El destornillador es debajo el balde - The screwdriver is behind the bucket.
Pasame la pala – Pass me the shovel (You will use this a lot)
Querría algunos más Pork & Beans – I would like some more Pork & Beans (One of the finer meals amongst the Raleigh rations... You'll see what I mean).
Debo lavar – I need to/must wash (This will be a common thought on expedition)
Es trabajo muy duro, pero me gusta - It's hard work, but I like it (That's the spirit!)
¡Recuerde su bloqueador solar y repelente! - Remember your sun cream and bug spray!
¡Adoro Raleigh! – I love Raleigh!
¡Vamos! – Lets go!
¡Wejepa! – waheeyyyy!
That lot should get you through the first few days at least.
*Blog written by Dawn Tennant unless stated otherwise. Photo’s by unknown.