ginormous.

Today I visited Poás volcano, which has the largest volcanic lagoon on earth. Experiencing something so huge is such a humbling experience for me, and I stood above it in complete awe of the beauty of creation. I was so grateful that we had the best possible weather while we were there; apparently it’s pretty rare to catch the volcano cloudless! The sun stayed out during part of our drive back and I snapped some pictures through the bus window!









ps- shoutout to Kathryn.. happy birthday seeester!

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all natural.

I’ve officially finished a week of my classes at the University of Heredia, and this weekend promises to be filled with excitement! This afternoon I went to a Biopark in Santo Domingo, tomorrow I’m headed to a coffee plantation and Poas Volcano, and Sunday I’m headed to a beach on the pacific coast!

Everytime my camera comes out for an adventure in Costa Rica, I realize once again that I definitely prefer having people in front of my camera. As scary as it is to direct them and figure out what I think looks pretty, I always have so much more fun laughing, interacting, and taking pictures of people. While flowers and nature are beautiful, they are definitely not at the top of my list of favorite things to photograph (Taylor Thomas, on the other hand, is way up there:) ! Here are some very nature-y pictures from the biopark:







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what the holy heck.

“What the holy heck” — she got me saying it, and it’s all i can use to describe her. The deepness in her eyes is nothing compared to her beautiful heart. The comfort between us makes Taylor so much fun to photograph; the laughter is natural and the smiles are so real. Words cannot express how much I love doing life with you, Taylor (aka Tail-oar, Flowa, Prime*).



















tails, you are beautiful.

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May 20, 2010 - 6:30 pm

Sierra - Taylor-You are a model.
Haley-You are an amazing photographer.
I love you both!!!

May 20, 2010 - 9:20 pm

Anonymous - Haley these are beautiful. Taylor, YOU are beautiful. How did I get such talented, wonderful, beautiful friends?

Keep up the good work hotties!
Love, Annie

May 21, 2010 - 12:48 am

nicolefiehler - GORG!

May 21, 2010 - 1:45 am

Lindsayphotog - So beautiful!

market adventures.

Yesterday was the first day of classes. I like my contemporary latinamerican short story class, i LOVE my latin american dance class, and i am already bored senseless in my advanced grammar class. My host mom took me to school and picked me up yesterday, and we joked that it was like my first day of kindergarden, because I was SO lost. Today, however, I walked ~30 minutes to school with a friend who lives nearby instead of taking the bus. Exercise is going to be very necessary with my excessive rice and bean intake. After lunch today (yes, rice and beans) my hostmom took me on an adventure to the market and what is considered downtown Heredia! Here are some pictures..

Oh, and please note the color of the sky in every single picture. The sun is nonexistent in Costa Rica’s rainy season.






All of the Costa Rica guidebooks and orientation papers say to be so careful when crossing the street, because cars have the right of way and do NOT stop for people. I took the next picture while crossing the street, and then had to explain to my hostmom that photography is simply a dangerous sport.








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May 26, 2010 - 9:29 pm

Angela - i love the one of the hanging bananas and the dangerous, street picture haha even without the sun the colors are so pretty!

limón.

I spent the day in Limón, a province on the carribean coast of Costa Rica, watching my host brother Pablo’s bike race. We left the house around 5:30 this morning and drove two hours through mountains of rainforest to the race. There were several places where earthquakes had caused landslides and the sides of the mountains were completely bare…such a contrast to the lush forest everywhere else. While Pablo raced, the rest of us went to “la feria,” which had muchos tables of colorful souveneirs from different latin and south american countries. As much as i wanted to get a snowcone, i didn’t know if the ice would be clean and i decided that my health was probably more important…boo.
We stopped at a restaurant on the way back and I had no idea what to order, but i ended up getting a traditional costa rican dish, “casada,” which consists of beans, rice, meat and salsa. When my food came, my host mom asked me if i liked “casada” and when i answered yes, everyone laughed. I was referring to the food, but casada means “married” and i had just fallen for her joke and said that i am into married men. Good one, mamacita.
Here are several pictures from today!



This is Pablo and his wife Johanna, who is very pregant with bebe Felipe!


I’ve officially had rice and beans at every single meal (not breakfast) for the last 6 meals. We’ll see how long I can handle this. Breakfast, on the other hand, is fresh cut mango, piña, papaya, and watermelon, with coffee of course. DELISH.

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May 23, 2010 - 10:38 pm

Anonymous - <3 rice and beans and married men

May 24, 2010 - 10:12 pm

Angela - These are great Haley!! I love being able to see what you’re experiencing! looks like TONS of fun and ADVENTURRRRE!
Love you! keep posting! :)