April 27th was a busy, busy day – picked up a friend from the U.S., Pat at 5 a.m.; finding nothing open for breakfast, we ended up coming home. We really aren’t far from the airport, which is a good thing, because Mark was arriving home at 11:00 that same morning!
We certainly had three happy dogs; they were happy Mark was back home, and they remembered Pat!!! Didn’t do much since Pat had an overnight flight and was exhausted.
But Friday morning we were up and at them! Took her to the Feria first and she was flabbergasted at the size of some the veggies and fruits here. Then we headed for massages…..and we were totally wasted for the day!
Made a trip to Grecia and Sarchi…..I’m still in awe at watching the painters work on the souvenirs, etc.
Hooked up with Lee and went to Salitral to a great pottery place. Oh, and Pat bought a Parrot made out of a tire – altho’, she really wanted a toucan! When Mark took it out of the car, his immediate comment was “you’ll never get this in a suitcase!” I was just positive it was the same size as my Toucan, however, it’s much bigger.
Then Tuesday morning, Pat, Michele (from from Costa Rica) and I went on a 3 day, 2 night adventure – and what an adventure it was! We had reservations at Hotel Verde Mar Del Pacific, which is basically on the beach!!!
There is an old airplane on the way to Manuel Antonio that has been turned into a really neat restaurant. And since it was lunch time, the car just stopped there! There are tables and chairs in the actual airplane along with a couple of levels added on to the back of the airplane with lots of tables that have views of the Pacific. I recommend it…..
The first full day we were there we spent on the beach on lounges under an umbrella. Water was warm, like bath water. I loved it because I like all the beach vendors coming up to sell stuff!!! After awhile we took a walk and found a bunch of shops, which I’m sure is where the vendors get their things to sell, even though they all tell you that they made it! We all bought a few things and headed back to the beach.
My favorite beach vendor of all was the massage lady! For $30 I got a massage on the beach…..listening to the waves come in, it just doesn’t get much better than that!!! And it was supposedly an $85 massage if you went to her studio! So look at the money I saved.
Then we headed back to the room to get ready to head out to eat….and I can’t remember the name of the place, but it was really good. Did I mention it was happy hour also? After stuffing ourselves, we headed back to the room.
And then someone noticed it was about 7 p.m. and we were in jammies and in bed reading. Cracked ourselves up till I got a notice on facebook/internet that a huge 8.0 earthquake hit Chile; and where we were in Costa Rica, we were in a tsunami watch area.
Mark had told me to not call unless there was an emergency so I messaged him instead of calling. He hadn’t heard about the earthquake/tsunami stuff. So he went on the internet and kept us informed; he wanted us to leave – remember we are staying right on the beach. At one point he said, “it’s not that far, drive home and go back in the morning”, which wasn’t happening since I was the driver. Another friend from the US suggested we take turns sleeping….ah, not a good idea with a possible tsunami on the horizon!
Pat and I headed to the front desk; the desk clerk might have been 14-15 yrs. old! When I inquired about it, he had no clue what I was talking about; then he wanted to know how I knew it; duh! How does anyone know anything now, the internet! So as he was trying to assure me that the large rocks in the water, would slow the tsunami down; and that if we needed to evacuate, the police would come with sirens. Now I’m looking at the narrow road there and realizing that I would never get out in the traffic…..
so we decided to search out someplace that was higher…..yep, back to the airplane restaurant! Only this time, two of the three of us had already taken sleeping pills, we were all still full from dinner; so we ordered dessert! After sitting there an hour or so, we received an email saying the tsunami watch had been cancelled. So we finished our “food” and jumped back in the car and went down the hill to our little hotel.
The next morning we got up, loaded the car and headed to Playa Dona Ana to feed the monkeys at the beach. So fun!!!
Then on to Jaco and breakfast; can’t remember the name of the restaurant we had breakfast at, but next time in that area, I will be going there again. Wonderful, wonderful food!
Shopped a little there but as you know, Jaco, is hot, hot, hot! Back to the car and then on with our journey home.
Arrived home around mid-afternoon and I don’t know why, but we were exhausted! Guess it’s the heat!
It was fun to get away for a couple of days – and going with girls and shopping, well, let’s just say, we all had a great time!
Pat enjoyed her time in Costa Rica and says she’ll be back!!!
Met Judy and Roxi for lunch today to pick up my 2013 Christmas gift to myself! Pretty cool, huh? Now to get in the bodega and find the book that has the directions to make these.
Belle came wandering in and joined us for lunch; then Olga showed up….it was truly a “ladies luncheon”. I love our little town!
I have spent at least 30 hours, yes, 30 hours looking for a pair of Hi-Tec sandals on the internet to replace the ones that are worn out! Apparently, no one, at any website that carries these type of sandals had a size 6 in stock.
Went to town this morning and look what I found in the shoe store across from Casa Blanca! Made me such a happy camper….so I’m absolutely positive, these are the only size 6′s in the world! And I found them in little ole Costa Rica!!! And they were the same color as the old ones were…..Is this a great country or what? Pura Vida!
Since we’ve lived here, WOW, almost three years ago, we’ve been getting emails about going to Beach Day. Finally, we went to one that was held at Pelicano Resort in Esterillos Este; an hour and a half to a two hour drive because of Saturday traffic.
It was unbelievable!!! There were about 30 people that ventured there from San Ramon, Grecia and Atenas; and some people even brought their 4 legged friends!
Mark and I walked out to the water – it’s quite a ways because the tide was out. We were very happy we had on flip flops – the sand was unbelievably hot – as it came over the top of the flip flops, it burned your toes.
A lady from Canada decided to walk to the water with NOTHING on her feet. As she got maybe 20 ft. from the shaded sand, she began to scream, it’s burning my feet, help me! A friend threw her some flip flops as she was headed back to the shade and she ignored those. So she kept walking and screaming.
She kept screaming the skin is burning off my feet and was she ever right!!! I’m wondering if maybe she had neuropathy and it took awhile for her to realize the sand was burning her feet. She kept saying, “I’m from Canada and the sand doesn’t get that hot!” She actually had black spots on the bottom of her feet.
The resort was bringing her bags of ice and cold water to hopefully help stop the pain….a worker there even picked an aloe plant, but she kept screaming, “it’s burning, it’s burning”. Come to find out ice is the worst thing to use, just tap water or cool water. The aloe didn’t even help her.
Finally the ambulance came, Cruz Roja, and they were going to take her to some clinic, not sure where. There was also talk about taking her to the hospital in Grecia where she was either vacationing or living. At any rate, her vacation, if it was a vacation is ruined….last I heard she was trying to find a wheel chair, poor lady.
Back to Beach Day…..they had a grill set up and cooked beach side or you could go to the restaurant and order lunch.
We had a great day – but you know after you’ve been to the beach, there’s just something that makes you exhausted! I took a nap after we got home late afternoon!
I will also be shopping for beach chairs to take to the next one!!!
What’s really nice is there are people there if you want to talk, if you want to read everyone respects that…..it was just a nice day!!!
Can’t wait till the next one!
Pura Vida…..and remember, at least flip flops are needed when you’re walking at the beach!!!
We celebrated Valentine’s Day with friends Mike and Joni, Pat and John, and of course Mark and I. We had dinner reservations at LaTrocha……because Joni discovered they were having a chocolate fountain for dessert. Chocolate, which has been confirmed as a health food, and skewers of fruit, well, with one marshmallow, which probably isn’t the healthiest of foods…..let’s just say we took a vote and it was decided it was a healthy dessert!
For the most part, everyone was pleased with their food and the dessert.
We had ordered our food and someone at our table was quite concerned that the fountain wasn’t flowing yet. I will not divulge that name! Soon after the “panic”, the fountain was flowing with yummy HEALTHFUL chocolate.
Mark couldn’t wait to try out the chocolate and immediately took a turn.
It was a really nice evening with good friends and good times. It’s what I would call a nice little fiesta!
Tonight is another fiesta! For those of you thinking about retiring, remember, there are lots of fiestas and that’s what makes retirement so difficult!!! (Sort of like living in a college dorm.)
Pura Vida from Costa Rica – the pool is calling my name!
For probably a couple of months now, I’ve been telling Mark that something is wrong with the A/C in the car…..and of course, this falls on deaf ears, because it’s just “me”.
Well a week ago, Mark had the oil changed in the car and while waiting he was thumbing through the car manual….please keep in mind that our car manual is in Korean, NOT English or Spanish.
Since I don’t think he reads Korean, he must have come upon an illustration that indicated that there is a filter for the A/C….in the glove compartment.
He said it was packed with dirt….we live on a dirt road…doesn’t surprise me it was full because I was sure something was wrong with the A/C.
The first time I drove the car after getting the filter “blown” out, I could tell a significant difference in just backing the car out of the drive-way.
Those clever Koreans and their illustrations!
At any rate, it’s wonderful now….and I even don’t have to have the A/C on the highest setting…..
Today Dylana graduated from the English class she’s been taking since last July. She would board the bus at 6 a.m. and ride into town on Saturdays. Then walk to Sabana Larga to take the English class. I can’t thank my friends enough that “donated” money to give her this opportunity! It does take a village to educate! She enjoyed the class; however, Mark and I think she spoke more English to us before taking the class! LOL
Graduation “season” started with her 6th grade graduation from the Central School of Atenas on December 12…then followed many fiestas to celebrate and it’s culminated with today’s graduation.
This graduation was held in the building next to the police station. It included kids from age 8 up to maybe 15-16 years old. There were two young male instructors for probably 50+ students. Different classes met at different times of the day on Saturdays. When they were calling the names of the graduates to go to the stage to receive their diplomas, they announced to please applaud for each graduate.
I couldn’t help but notice that a lot of the girls received a kiss on the cheek (a greeting in Costa Rica) when the instructor gave them their diplomas. What a change from the “old country” where heaven forbid you touch a student.
They would call up maybe 15 students for diplomas then there was a break in the “action” to call numbers for door prizes….ie: free classes, dictionaries in English, more English instruction books, etc. I couldn’t help but notice that a lot of the same families won multiple times. The family sitting at the end of the table that we were at, won 5 different prizes. Reminded me of Bingo!
After all this was over, then it was time to eat. They served a meal of arroz con pollo, ensalada, papas, and arroz con leche for dessert. (rice with chicken, salad, potato chips and rice with milk). It was pretty tasty!!! But I think anything I don’t have to cook or clean up after is pretty tasty!
School will start again for Dylana in February and she’ll be off to Collegio (what we would consider high school). She’ll be learning French this year. Her Mom told us she’ll have 20 teachers….whew! Can you imagine keeping all of them happy? She’ll then graduate from Collegio in 5 years and hopefully going to the University will follow.
While we were waiting for graduation to begin, her mother, Maricela, leaned over and said “you’re the only Gringo here!”
Since this was a class where the students learned English, silly me, thinking that maybe a little English might be spoken. There was none, nada spoken! I could follow some of what was being said, but I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to jump up and request “por favor, despacio” (please, slower)
Been a great experience to see these events take place….even if I am the “token Gringo”!