Ficus Tree, Monteverde

Ficus Tree, Monteverde

“El Arbor Hueco / Ficus Tree” in Google Maps should easily lead you to it through a path into the woods near the Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge signage. Found out later though that I was at the wrong tree, as there was a bigger and hollower one. Don’t leave your belongings “alone” when climbing, I was also told thereafter.

Ficus Tree Bridge, Monteverde

Ficus Tree Bridge, Monteverde

Once you hit the river after going down the path from the highway, follow it downstream to the right where the Ficus Tree Bridge awaits you. Forgot this instruction on my first attempt to look for it and went straight ahead ’til I saw a sign which read: “Do not pass. There’s a crazy man with a gun.”

Four Days of Winter in Korea Itinerary

Winter in Nami Island, Korea

“Denied ba?”
“Approved po.”

And the smile never left my face. That was the only question and answer I wanted to hear when the travel agency called to tell me that my passport was already ready for pickup. After being denied of a Japan visa and even after acquiring one for Taiwan, the fact that you can never really can never can really can tell ever (okay, that was a long one) if you will be granted a visa seems to have traumatized even my hardest bone. In an ambitious plan to give Japan another shot the soonest time possible, I thought of collecting other visas first. And with that, winter in Korea became inevitable.

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