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I’m Turning Tica, Si! Oh Yes, I Think So…

It’s official, I’m turning into a Tica, and here is why: #1 When we first arrived in Costa Rica, I thought many women dressed somewhat provocatively. Late teens through great grandmothers, they all flaunt what they’ve got! As a fifty year old, ex-hippy, I ambled around in my sensible flats (often Birkenstocks,) loose fitting shirts, and comfortable khakis, camouflaging what I felt was my less than perfect body. In the US, the obsession with being thin is ingrained in every woman from a young age, I was dieting in middle school! Latin women embrace their figures and exude confidence. Most women exercise daily and naturally tend to eat healthier with such an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. They are comfortable in their skin and…

A Quick Trip to Tortuguero

We left on Friday morning to go check out the island of Tortuguero, on the northeastern coast of Costa Rica. We would be catching the tail end of the green turtle watching season, but we remained optimistic as ever! I belong to a Yahoo group called Costa Rica Living, and many generous folks there, recommended a stay at Casa Marbella, in the little town of Tortuguero. The innkeeper, Daryl Loth was quick to reply to our inquiry, and we headed out, instructions, and maps in hand. Many visitors sign up with the larger lodges, which provide transport to and from the Central Valley (San Jose,) to the riverboat that takes you to the lodges. These are “all-inclusive” packages and sounded like something we would absolutely…

Labor Day in Costa Rica

  The past few weeks here in paradise, have been eventful! We took the family to Termales del Bosque: http://www.termalesdelbosque.com/english/ and had an amazing time at the quiet and little known, hot springs in the jungle. We took our regular vacation to San Carlos, Nicaragua, and were able to share this unique adventure with our son, who was utterly “blown away” by the experience! You can find out more about this trip by checking out my earlier post in June. We went into San Jose and had lunch at Tin Jo,(fantastic Asian fare) then made our way to the nearby import store to purchase fresh tofu, a new Mah jong set, and I bought myself a birthday present…a lighted and framed picture of a waterfall…

Costa Rica = Paradise

I awoke to thunder this morning…or was it something else? This area is not far, as the bat flies, to Volcan Poas. My friends who live higher up in the hills than I say they can hear it rumble often. I’ve learned about the significance of the full moon on our volcan friends here, and I thought perhaps I was what hearing our towering neighbor. I took our little Costa Rican “Frens Poll,” as they are often referred to in ads for puppies, and we went out and sat in the big leather rocker on the porch. Mind you, it’s 3:30 in the morning, so the lightening was illuminating the entire sky, with the clouds to magnify it. The bats were swooping all around, and…

Romeria – Cancelled!

This annual walk by the faithful from all over Costa Rica to Cartago, has been cancelled for the first time in history, due to health concerns. Perhaps as many as 2 million persons make the trek, mostly from the Central Valley. However, others come from distant places in Costa Rica and even other Latin nations. The pilgrimage is unique in that so many people walk long distances and frequently sleep outdoors. The gathering in the plaza of the basilica includes many who press forward to touch the gold case in which the representation of the Virgin is carried. The Romeria has been an annual event for the last 227 years, as faithful Catholics visit La Negrita to ask for a miracle or pay her back…

Peaceful Easy Feeling

We went to Gringo Bingo today, it was a fund raiser for the local Conversation Cafe. This is a generous group of English speakers that meet in the local municipal building, every Saturday afternoon, to sit down with ticos wanting to learn English, or improve their skills. Refreshments are provided, which is why they held the fundraiser. We had a ball, it was well organized and entertaining! Just about every gringo I’ve met, gratefully gives back, in their own way, to the people of our adopted home. From installing libraries in public schools, chatting it up at the conversation cafe, coaching soccer, or doing all they can to lend a hand. My friend visiting the states, is anxious to come “home.” We forget the level…

Last week…

  …we lost our internet service, and just got it back yesterday, after the repair truck somehow ended up sideways on our steep driveway, and had to wait hours for two tow trucks to extricate, and drag him back up the hill. But I digress, in my almost 50 years, I have never experienced downpours, lightning, and thunder like I have in Costa Rica! The rain comes down with a vengeance, the lightning is always too close for comfort, and the thunder rattles your innards like a roller coaster. Our friends warned us to unplug everything when a storm starts, including the phone line, but I figured the odds of lightning hitting our house and utilities was so remote… Then I heard stories of lightning…

“You’re gonna make it after all…”

A close friend of our older son needed some help the other day. Her flight to San Jose was delayed, which made catching a bus to La Fortuna impossible. My husband picked “Rochelle” up at the airport and brought her home with him. The kids and I were thrilled to see her in the morning, and she and I visited after they left for school. Rochelle is very bright, and is graduating early from UC Davis this December. She spent a semester here in CR last year, and has now returned for the summer to teach, in Spanish, to middle school students in Puntarenas. She came down early to visit with her former host family and tune up her Spanish skills. It was so refreshing…

Carnival In Costa Rica!

Carnival in Costa Rica clip de la pelicula Carnival in Costa Rica filmada en costa rica entre 1945 y 1946. and this… A Costa Rican girl dreams of her “typical” Costa Rican wedding to the American fellow she has fallen for. While watching her crazed performance, her groom is torn between checking her into the nearest hospital and hightailing it to the airport! Just another day in paradise…