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Category Archives: Costa Rica
Puntarenas (Sandy Point) is one of the main fishing ports in this part of the country. It is only about a 30 minute ride so we drove down to give John a look and for us to check out a … Continue reading
When we returned from our mini trip to the south, the tree beside our house was in full bloom. This is the dry season – we haven’t had rain in months but that’s when many of the trees and bushes … Continue reading
John Zadro joined us for a few days in Atenas and also planned to see his friends near Dominical. We wanted to see their property and the land in that part of the country so we went along. We had … Continue reading
During our visit with John’s friends, Dennis and Enza, Johnny sat in on one of Dennis’s gigs at the Roadhouse near Uvita. Dennis (from Guelph) has been playing blues most of his life and Johnny can jump in and play … Continue reading
When the rodeo comes to town there are thrills and spills and some very close calls.
Costa Rica has deferred the decision on whether to allow transgenic seeds/plants to the local level. Each County is voting to reject or accept transgenic agriculture. A group of concerned citizens and friends lead by the local cooperative grocery store … Continue reading
After they harvest the sugar cane, they set the remainder of the field on fire. It is a centuries old tradition that replenishes the carbon in the soil. We have been seeing the fires almost every night…this is the fire … Continue reading
When you enter CR, you have a tourist visa which lasts for 90 days. To stay longer you are required to leave the country and then re-enter. We call this the “hula” since it is a dance we all do … Continue reading
We had never been up in the high country of Cartago (south west of san Jose) nor to the Orosi Valley which had a good rep as being a beautiful place. Both places were amazing…
We had this idea that there should be more art and music in Costa Rica and that a day of music and art in Atenas would be a good start. We thought we might do it but then we heard … Continue reading
Here are the rest of the pictures from the last half of the Camp….It was very rewarding. We had 11 students who came to almost every session – there were a total of 9 sessions (2.5-3 hours each). We made … Continue reading
We took a tour with Ron and Francine Johnson to La Paz to see the animals they have rescued. It is a huge exhibit where they have native Costa Rican and Central America animals, birds and butterflies. They also have … Continue reading
We have been presenting an Entrepreneur Camp (Campamento Empresario in Spanish) for the youth of Atenas. I have been teaching the sessions and we have had a guest entrepreneur almost every day and they have been great. Through a friend … Continue reading
I’ve been kinda slow getting these posts up because of doing the Entrepreneur’s Camp starting January 8-26. We were invited to our friend’s church because they were having something like our Thanksgiving where the people all brought fruit and chickens … Continue reading
A few pictures from the most recent full moon. BTW Psychology Today (for what that is worth) sited research that was done at the University of Saskachewan that showed no increase in emergency room admissions and a whole range of … Continue reading
I received some nice cards sent to me for my Birthday…one hilarious one from Melissa with 3 Chihuahuas singing Felice Cumpleanos. This one is funny too……
The “Festival of Lights” is the annual Christmas Parade with marching bands and floats.
Marg and I didn’t feel like working anymore on the upcoming Entrepreneur Camp so we decided to climb the nearby mountain. They had cut a road a few years ago through it, but then the rain came and washed half … Continue reading
Today, our friend Mark Kulick (Brian’s Dad) passed on to a better place, and is now free of a body that was making life not much fun. A great guy – we will miss his humor and friendship! God Bless! … Continue reading
Today, was busy with a trip to a friend’s (Eric and Natalie) organic farm and playing the Atenas Children’s Christmas Party. There was more than 300 kids who received presents while Marg and I played Christmas songs in the background … Continue reading
Our friend doing what he does best – make music. This time with just the mouthpiece of the flute.
We have been busy with our lives and it seems that taking pictures has been on the lowest priority although I have taken a few most of which have come from right near our casita. We also helped to celebrate … Continue reading
We have been settling in and reconnecting with friends, looking at property and making plans for a 4 week series on giftedness and purpose with young adults from the area; as well as a planning our film festival for the … Continue reading
Ok, as promised I made a point of taking some pictures which show the crazy beauty every where. The pictures of the flowers and foliage were taken right around the house…..the rest are some of the things we have been … Continue reading
I went for a walk (without my camera) – what was I thinking!!! I did take a couple of shots with my phone though…..(sorry).
In all the planning to leave and other objectives we had for our time at home I had forgotten just how beautiful Costa Rica is. I woke up at 6 am with the sunrise and was greeted with stunning beauty … Continue reading
We are just days from leaving for Costa Rica and starting a new chapter in this adventure. We had a number of family and friend get-togethers which were great – they included a “Rib-Off” (Best Ribs Competition) with our friends … Continue reading
A few more shots to complete this trip….tomorrow we will spend traveling – not something I enjoy. But I hope to publish some pictures from South Western Ontario (Home) since after the last 5 months I hope to see it … Continue reading
We are coming to the end of this trip and it has been a very good one. The weather here continues to live up to its reputation as being the best in the world. Almost everyday is an early summer … Continue reading
As I mentioned in an earlier post, we have had some rain after almost 4 months and things are starting to turn green again. We went for a drive to look at properties and took a few pictures before going … Continue reading
This is Semana Santa (Holy Week) and many things (stores, restaurants) are shut down. It is nice to see the Costa Ricans “close” the country and take a break. Everybody heads for the beach since this is the last big … Continue reading
Took a drive down the old ox cart road to Orotina….beautiful drive. Had breakfast (Gallo Pinto and huevos – Rice and Beans and eggs in the traditional style). Dorine took pictures and I took a few as well…..take a look!! … Continue reading
A Tope is a horse parade and the ATENAS Tope is among one of the biggest in Costa Rica with more than a 1000 horses and riders. People enjoy the evening with food, music, dancing, fireworks, and cerveza.
At this time of year, they’re harvesting sugar cane and then burning the fields. The carbon is a great fertilizer for growing the next season’s crop. At night, you can see the flames for miles!
Just a few photos of Costa Rican life.
We went to La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a beautiful park with great exhibits of animals, birds and other creatures that have been rescued. There are also has 3 amazing waterfalls……look at the pictures.
Since our guests Paul and Suzanne and Doug all love photography, we decided to go down to the center of town and spend a half an hour taking pictures…..here’s what I took.
We spent a couple of days along the Pacific Coast hanging at the beach and with our friends from Esterillos Oeste.
Went for a walk to the coffee fields next door to our house.
It was a beautiful day for a country drive so we decided to go to Sarchi, a small town north of here renowned for its ornately painted oxcarts. Oxcarts such as these were once used to haul coffee beans to … Continue reading
We spent the day in Santa Ana and Escazu doing some business and taking in the Multi-Plaza (Mall). We have been in Costa Rica a total of 7 1/2 months and finally drove over to see it. I spent about … Continue reading
It was a beautiful day for a drive through the country, especially when you get to a high point and can see the whole valley. This is the dry season and it has been even drier than usual – it … Continue reading
Friday night (24th) our friend Andrew invited us to his family’s dance lesson (in Spanish). We didn’t “get” much of the instruction but Marg and I just filled in the blanks and followed the “bouncing ball”. Sunday (26th) We haven’t … Continue reading
Just catching up after a few days of a hectic schedule. Here are some of the moments we took time to capture…..on this amazing adventure.
We came down to the beach to visit old friends (the best way to spend a special day) and pick up Dan who will return with us to Atenas. A trip to EO wouldn’t be complete without dinner a Los … Continue reading
Two of the better local tourist sites are”ZOO Ave.” and “The Butterfly Farm”, both only 20 minutes from Vista Atenas (our place). John loved it and so did we …..the pictures speak for themselves.