Tico Life
by Shayan Khatibi

It’s almost been a week and I already feel like a Tico.  First off, I want to thank all of you, my friends and family, for all the support and help on making this journey possible.  I have already learned so much and feel at home with the locals here. They are hospitable and very accepting of a gringo wanting to meld with their culture.

To give ya’ll and IDEA, I’m in a rural farming town called Esperanzas which is adjacent to the larger hub city of San Isidro Perez Zeledon.  Along with two tico workers, I am care taking 45 acres of rolling hills which mainly consists of coffee, banana, oranges, and 10,000 trees planted for reforestation. Others include: starfruit, avocado, yucca, plantain, cacao, water apple, date palm, pineapple, coconut, lemon, mango….  The fruit is literally dripping from the tree’s and taste of such pure Earth. I have started planting one of the greenhouses which I hope will support my unrelenting appetite.  I have yet to fish the river but the locals tell me of rainbow trout and striped bass which i cant wait to taste. Anyways, I am blessed to be safe and healthy, I do really miss all of you!

IDEAS for Costa Rica

Stay tuned for more blogs from Shayan in Costa Rica as he builds the 2nd International chapter of IDEAS and gains incredible experience in Horticulture, Botany and Environmental Science!