San José continues to grow; the tallest building visible from Hotel Cacts in 2006 was about ten stories and currently houses the British Embassy (among other embassies and businesses). Now, there are extensive apartment high rises.
I didn’t shoot the greatest photographs, but I wanted to share some photos of a sloth on the Universidad de Costa Rica-San Pedro campus. In the bosquito (small forest) surrounding a stream that runs though the center of the campus, there is a large diversity of wildlife, including sloths, momots, and various parrots. It was incredible to see these kinds of animals, living wild, on a college campus in the center of a dense city.
This sloth had ventured away from the bosquito to feed on a tree outside the biology department. As I was studying an aquatic invertebrate collection in a lab, I noticed a group of people looking up into the tree outside the windows. I eventually ventured out to see and discovered this sloth, but it was a bit to late in the day and dark to get decent photographs with my relatively slow (high f-stop) telephoto lens.
Upon arrival in San Jose, Mike and I made some exchanges at the bank, resulting in a a large stack of colones. I moved from San Jose last night and am currently at one of my mentor’s parents-in-law’s house in San Pedro, a 10 min bus ride to UCR instead of a 45 min one. Plus there is good, grandmotherly, cooked typical tico (Costa Rican) breakfast and dinner.