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”!
Headed into town shortly after noon today to go to the Post Office and a few other places.
Stopped at the P.O. and voila! I had a small package…..so exciting! There were 4 males and one female in the P.O. laughing like crazy. Two of the men were laughing so hard, their shoulders were shaking – you couldn’t help but giggle at them. I have no clue what they were laughing at; but, it was infectious!!! Smiles were all over in the P.O. this afternoon.
Then I headed to Dra. Victoria’s to get my glasses adjusted. She was really busy!!!
Saw Julie and Norman next door at Dennis’ and Gerardo’s….said they had finally recovered from Bunky’s party on Monday.
Then on to Coope…as I was checking out, the checker grinned and acted like she was sniffing the air – you could hear raindrops on the roof; not enough to get anything wet, but they were raindrops. She broke into a broad grin and explained that when she was pregnant, she loved smelling the rain because everything smelled fresh! Yep, I understood what she was communicating!
When you go into town, everyone is happy!!! I remember when Terri came with me to house hunt. We were sitting at Don Tadeo’s and watching people in the park. She remarked “look everyone is happy, everyone is smiling, no one is walking hunched over” – Costa Rica, or at least Atenas is “home of the happy people.”
A Pura Vida day for sure!
Seems like not that long ago it was 2013….and now it’s 2014. They say time flies when you’re having fun – time is flying, we are having fun!
We have celebrated our third Christmas and New Year’s in Costa Rica. Can hardly believe it’s been three years….and yikes, it’s time to re-new our cedula’s…….when we moved here, I knew it would be our paradise, weather-wise; and it is! It’s also been a great place to forge new friendships and meet new people from “all over da’ world”.
Friends are here from Bowling Green and I’ve been looking at houses with them….took me back to when Terri and I were looking at houses; seems like ions ago. Have seen some pretty and not so pretty homes! LOL As when Terri and I were looking. Tiring, tiring days…..Terri and I looked at least 25 houses that week and ended up buying the first house I/we saw!
This morning we woke up to gorgeous sunshine, the December winds blowing (yes, I know it’s January!) – it just doesn’t get any better than this…..many friends questioned whether we were doing the right thing moving here; for us, yes, it was the right thing! It’s not for everyone….you must have a little bit of adventure in you.
Pura Vida and Happy New Year to all…..