In an unexpected visit to Tartulas, 8 of us experienced the rainforest's spectacular beauty up close. The forest wakes up in the morning in a busy whirring, clacking, whizzing, clucking, snapping symphony and goes to bed at night in the same way just a different tune. The sun takes an hour to sift from the top of the mountains down to our river hammocks. Some of our gang went ziplining through the forest in the moonlight under the careful guidence of biology students and outdoor educators. Others watched the birds drift along the up drafts and others went in search of crocodiles and herons and the elusive waterfalls. As K so eloquently put it.. "studying abroad is being in the classroom 24/7 every minute there is something new I must try to learn and understand"