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  Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, is home to 2/3 of the country’s residents.

  Hello, everyone!  I’m Doug Walker from Cape Cod, Massachusetts! The day started off very interesting as we were leaving Rancho Margot we traveled to the northwest region of the country.  We can see the vast differences in the landscape. Near Rancho Margot, the brush was fairly scarce and there were a lot of holes in the ground due to the 1968 eruption of the Arenal Volcano. As we traveled closer to the Pacific Ocean, the air became much drier compared to the constant overcast and rain we had at Rancho Margot due to it being in the rainforest. Then we visited a wind farm at Guanacaste. The year-old farm has 9 turbines producing 2.3 MW. The view at the highest windmill was…
  Today we left Rancho Margot, not before a final, amazing, breakfast. We hopped on our bus and headed for Miravalles. Miravalles is a geothermal plant. Miravalles is also the name of the volcano next to the plant. The magma in the chamber of the volcano is the same that heats the water in the reservoirs. We discussed how renewable geothermal is if some of the steam escapes and isn't put back into the reservoir as condensate. Our guide, Frederico, who is a chemical engineer was telling us how they treat the water to avoid calcification of pipelines.  After we finished our quick tour of the plant we got back on our bus for a long ride to a solar wind farm. On the way, we stopped…
Greetings from another beautiful day in Costa Rica! Today's highlight had to have been the hike to the top of the trail that overlooked the valley and lake. If it was clearer, we all would have been able to view the volcano. The hike up was physically demanding as the incline of the trail was higher than normal. We encountered a small snake in which we later found out was not poisonous. Once we got to the top we understood that our hard work walking up the mountain was so worth it. I can not wait to come back to this spot on a clear day in the future!    
Mathematics: "We used derivatives to find the volume of sculptures at museums." Name: 4/C Patrick L. Fahey Hometown: Duxbury, MA "I love a good challenge so I took Pre-Calculus and Algebra II in the same year. That's when I started to grow a passion for mathematics." Name: 4/C John M. Warren Hometown: Sutton, MA "Math got more challenging but also more interesting in high school. I liked to challenge myself by taking all the hardest math classes" Name: 4/C Lukas J. Janulaitis Hometown: Centerville, MA "The AP Calculus exam really humbled me because I got a 1 on it when I had an A in the class. This showed me that I needed to study harder." Name: 4/C Zachary R. Sylvia Hometown:…
  ¡Hola!  Today we had an amazing day! We rose before the sun to milk cows here at Ranch Margot. We each got to try out hand at pulling milk from udders. We also saw a baby goat drink from it's mama. It was amazing! Immediately after we had a lovely yoga class with our teacher Rachel.  After that, we had breakfast. The milk in our coffee was the very same we milked earlier. After a delicious and sustainably farmed breakfast, we hiked up View Point. It was absolutely unreal, after walking through the thicket for what felt like forever the world seemed to inform around us.  When we got back, it was time to make cheese and study microbes. We got to taste the cheese, again made from…
  "My family is from Lithuania and I visit pretty much every summer. I see my Grandma, cousins, and aunt and look forward to my trips." Name: 4/C Lucas J. Janulaitis Hometown: Centerville, MA "Ireland in April 2019" Name: 4/C Patrick L. Fahey Hometown: Duxbury, MA "I traveled through Canada to get to Michigan in 2017." Name: 4/C Codey J. Murray Hometown: Whitman, MA "I traveled to Australia in 2011, England in 2013, France in 2017, and Ireland in 2019." Name: 4/C Adam C. Lanctot Hometown: Anywhere "I traveled to the Dominican Republic during my senior year of high school." Name: 4/C Neil W. Collins Hometown: Wrentham, MA "In high school I traveled to the island of Dominica…
  Today I had a ton of fun.  I was very interested in today's topics. First off, we had the jungle. Although it was really scary due to my fear of snakes - especially when we saw a snake, I still had an incredible time.  I saw an actual Costa Rica jungle. It was a totally different experience than what you see in the films, with all the animals, unique plants, and all the adventure you as a person get to experience for yourself. It was a roller coaster! My favorite part was when we reached the ranch where we will be staying at for the next few days. It was so intriguing and interesting - a place trying to achieve full sustainability, while being comforting and beautiful. I loved…
  Today we left EARTH University after a few great days of meeting people and learning new things about renewables and sustainably. We went on a mile long walk through the rainforest this morning where we saw everything from bullet ants to boa constrictors. We found a juvenile boa constrictor and our tour guide Al captured the snake. It was amazing to see something like that in the wild and actually be able to touch it.  Also, when we are able to find a bullet ant mound he was able to take one of the ants out and let us see a closer look at it. Once were done with the walk we drove many hours to an amazing resort called Rancho Margot. Rancho Margot is a 100% energy sustainable resort…
  Today we woke up at the same time as always which is 0545. I was more tired than usual, so I took a shower and then crawled back into bed for a couple more minutes. We then all went to Violetta’s for breakfast and today we had breakfast burrito’s which were probably the best thing we had for breakfast so far. Everyone was super exited when they were handing out the plates of food. For drinks most of us have a cup of coffee but for others they had orange juice. From breakfast we went to the job sites and worked until we had to come back for lunch. On my way to the worksite I was looking out the window and thinking “I can’t believe that we are going home on Saturday, this trip has…
Hola!  We had our last meal at EARTH today!! It was amazing.  We followed it up with a lovely jungle hike with Al. No pictures from the hike because, sadly, my camera died. We then had a three hour bus ride to Rancho Margot. At Rancho Margot we had a sustainability tour. We saw the farm where they grow 60% of their food. The animals were adorable. We had a quick meeting and free time to explore the gorgeous grounds! Pura Vida from Costa Rica!