I started Tuesday, November 29th off by taking some pictures of this beautiful flower at Casa del Indio. Jilario, the superintendent, told me that it only blooms once a year and asked if I would take some pictures of it. I was happy to! It was while taking pictures of this flower that I saw the caterpillars on a nearby leaf for this Photo Friday.
After taking those pictures, I walked to this orphanage. I called a day earlier to make sure I could volunteer there since it is about 3 miles/5 km from where I’m staying. They said I was welcome to come and help out, but when I arrived it was a different story. The lady told me it was the end of the year, things were wrapping up, and they didn’t want any volunteers at the moment.
Somehow I didn’t feel disappointed. Maybe it’s because Bernal, founder of Casa del Indio, showed me another orphanage in the city I could volunteer at the night before and it was much closer to the house. And I enjoyed the long walk to the orphanage despite the rain.
I asked to use the bathroom at the orphanage and I set my umbrella down. I can only imagine that’s where I picked up this “guest.” I think it got inside my umbrella and then jumped onto my ear.
Instead, I put this little guy on my sleeve and took out my camera. I took some pictures, as you can see below, as well as a video.
As I walked back into the city in the rain, I was treated to the extreme annoyance of these mobile advertising units. They aren’t as bad in Costa Rica as they were in Nicaragua. In Nicaragua they were louder, so loud you have to pause a conversation as the car drives by, and more frequent. In Mexico there were some mobile street carts selling tamales and other food with a speaker, but they weren’t terribly loud. In Costa Rica it’s in the middle – they aren’t too loud or frequent, but they’re still annoying!
So I captured the video below. Keep in mind that it’s so loud you can’t hear the rain or other cars going by. And yes, the car does drive slower, so it’s annoying for the other cars on the road as well. And I just thought it was strange to hear Christmas music in English included in the advertisement.
I went to the city museum here in Cartago because it had free, fast internet access and I could get some work done. I uploaded the two videos above immediately since I knew I’d use them in the future and the bandwidth in the museum was plentiful.
About an hour after uploading the video, I got an email from a website I’d never heard of asking if they could use my video. I checked out the website and we communicated by email a few times. In the end, about an hour after they contacted me, we were chatting via Skype about the video, The Happy Nomad Tour, and more.
The website showcases videos daily, but they are also on TV channels across the U.S. So maybe my clip will be on TV.
You can see the 2-minute video clip here.
So, what a crazy day. It started off with a wasted walk in the rain to an orphanage I was told I could volunteer at but then got rejected from. Because I couldn’t volunteer there, I was able to capture the mobile advertising on my camera and then upload it using the fast internet connection in the museum. And since I was in the museum, I could do a video Skype call with the hosts at RightThisMinute.com.
Pretty random series of events that make for a pretty cool story.