Friday 24 September 2021

Costa Rica Mermaid Swims Pacific Coast. For the 7th Time

Paying the bills

Latest

Legislators to begin discussion on reducing the 2022 Marchamo this Monday

QCOSTARICA - The political fractions, except that of the...

No National Census in 2022!

QCOSTARICA - The Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos...

Seven drivers a day go to the Prosecutor’s Office for driving drunk

QCOSTARICA - Every day, seven drunk drivers are referred...

Costa Rica has the lowest inflation in the region

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica registered the lowest inflation in...

11 benefits of e-learning

Whether you struggle to learn in a traditional educational...

Will Paul Chaplet ever fly the flag for Costa Rica on the PGA Tour?

Life comes at you fast when you’re a teen...

What Are the Best Costa Rican Players in the MX League?

The Primera División de México, better known as Liga...
Paying the bills

Share

Photo: Renate Herberger
Photo: Renate Herberger

Costa Rica News – Renate Herberger is a self-described Pagan who sings to the African goddess Yemaya for permission to enter the sea before each of her long-distance swims. Yesterday, she swam 1,100 kilometers along the endless Pacific.

Herberger said, “I hear about these Mt. Everest climbers. For them, it is man against nature. For me, it’s the opposite. I don’t fight the ocean. It is has a sweetness to it. The longer I swim, the quieter my mind becomes.”

- Advertisement -

She has swum the length of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast six times before and this seventh swim will be her last in the country. She does it to raise awareness for a variety of aquatic concerns in many areas, namely sea turtles, wild salmon, and, in Costa Rica, the dying coral reef.

V
Visit Herberger’s blog

Herberger is a native of Germany who is trained in dance therapy, works as a kayak guide, and speaks five languages. She’s 55-years-old. “If things went wrong in my life, I would have a swim,” she explained. She suffers blood clotting in her legs and aquatic sports act as therapy for the condition. “I must swim every day,” she says, “or else I become very sick.”

She travels through Costa Rica with only a backpack and an aide who kayaks next to her to give her water every 30 minutes. She often stops to speak at schools or other community locations. She exchanges free housing with teachers or uses money from sponsors to travel for free, most of the time. After doing the trip 6 times, however, she has lost some sponsors and doesn’t have as much generosity offered to her. She has to use a credit card with a limit of $10,000.

Herberger recently got injured on a waterslide in Mexico, breaking a rib and tearing tendons in her arm. “It’s so ridiculous. It’s so stupid. I’ve swum 6,420 kilometers so far! I’ve swum with sharks! I’ve swum with whales! But that stupid, stupid waterslide,” she says. Nonetheless, she returned to Costa Rica for the final promised swim for awareness.

Article by Costa Rican Times

- Advertisement -

- Advertisement -
Paying the bills
Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Legislators to begin discussion on reducing the 2022 Marchamo this Monday

QCOSTARICA - The political fractions, except that of the Partido Acción...

No National Census in 2022!

QCOSTARICA - The Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (INEC) -...

Subscribe to our stories

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.