And we are BACK! If you follow our page on Facebook you will know that my MacBook charger took a walk in Bocas del Toro so my photo editing/blogging station has been down for a while. Luckily Panama mainland is not short on malls and electronics shops so I finally found a replacement and I am back online!
The last post was on our overland trip to Nicaragua and Costa Rica. We traveled by water taxi (from Bocas del Toro Islands to Panama mainland) and bus from Panama to Costa Rica and on to Nicaragua and back again. In Costa Rica we stayed with friends in the area of Tarbacca, just outside of San José.
What I didn’t mention previously is that the main reason we decided to take this trip now was to visit these friends, since we were so close and we weren’t sure when we would be back in this part of the world. We had originally met the Jensen family when we hosted them on a sailing charter in Belize the previous year. We got on so well with them and stayed in contact ever since. They had offered to host us if we ever visited Costa Rica and so we took them up on the offer!
Andreas is from Denmark and Andrea is from the US, of Columbian and German descent, with two beautiful adopted daughters from Columbia. The family relocated from the US to Costa Rica some years ago and have been living on their lifestyle farm in the hills of Tarbacca ever since. They have horses, goats, pigs, sheep, geese, ducks, chickens, turkeys and they grow their own coffee!
Andreas and Andrea hand make a variety of delicious cheeses from their own goat’s milk and from time to time their own pork and lamb. They spoiled us daily with delicious meals from mostly their own produce – cheeses, meat and veggies – as well as including us in all the daily happenings of the farm and family life.
We rode horses in the mountains, witnessed their stallion mating (which is a lot more dangerous complicated than we ever expected!), got to milk the goats, ride quads, help dry coffee beans and spend wonderful hours chatting and relaxing with the family and their friends. It was also an extra treat because of the warm fresh water showers!
I think we, especially Rufus, must have driven Andreas and Andrea crazy with all our questions about the farm and Costa Rica but they were so patient and generous with their time and their home. Thank you Jensen family for your hospitality!
The first morning we arrived Andreas put us to work milking the goats – so much fun! photo: A.Jensen I loved the small details and thought that goes into every aspect of their farm and their home Rufus peppering Andreas with (more) questions about farming with livestock Andrea and Nicol spending some quality mother-daughter time in the kitchen one of the delicious breakfast made with Andrea’s own ricotta cheese Andreas giving us the tour of his land it’s time to ride! photos: A.Jensen
Laura in full farm girl mode 😉
cutest little kid Rufus was a hit with the lady goats… the resident stallion getting new shoes resident mouse catcher