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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Sausage Tree

Not sure what this is, but Bella noticed them in the Pricesmart parking lot. The "fruit" of this tree hangs down like sausages.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Rock Paintings

We saw these painted rocks on the road to Atenas:

Here's one up close:

Not sure what the idea is here. Some seem to have numbers by them. Are they being sold? Judged? Do you take the rock? Is this artistic expression or for sale? It is an affront to nature?

Anyway, we thought it was interesting as we drove by.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

No Gringos

We recently took a trip to Manuel Antonio Park. It was a lovely trip and we had a great time. On the drive down, we saw this sign. The key thing to note is the anti-Gringo sentiment here. As you get to the coast, I believe that there is some of this thinking. I don't think that they mean the tourists, it's the Gringos that want to stay. I think. Still, we have never felt any direct anti-Gringo sentiment.

But it is out there.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Hail Mary, full of Grace

I may have mentioned that this is a Catholic country. You may have seen my post about Semana Santa. But here is some more evidence, in case you are interested.

This statue is in the back play area/woods at my kid's school.

And again with a little help from photoshop.

Beautiful, no? It almost makes me want to whip out my rosary.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Costa Rica Spanish is a little different than high school

I may have mentioned that I took Spanish in high school. Three annoying years. Three years for which I am now so thankful. I never would have predicted I would need Spanish, I mean I lived three hours from Quebec, French would have been a more convenient choice, but I took Spanish.

But I have to tell you, some things are different here than in my "Churros y Chocolate" text book.

1) People here do not really say "Adios" - instead they say "Ciao" or "Hasta Luego"
2) People do not refer to others as "mi Amigo" (in fact I know a Filipino friend that says "Hola Mi Amigo" more than most Costa Ricans.
3) Instead, you refer to people as muchaco/a, or campesino/a - this is for a shop clerk/worker, or a co-worker.
4)Buenas is perfect for hello (more formal would be buenos dias, buenos tardes, buenos noches).
5)Gracias is said by saying the c, not like the soft s sound of "science". More like Gra C es.

That's it for now.... more as I figure it out.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Costa Rica and the environment

Costa Rica says it will plant a bunch of trees to be carbon neutral. This is wonderful, now if they would just stop throwing the garbage in the rivers.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Llavalo Me

The other day I was out without my camera and I saw the funniest thing. I saw a dirty car (an unusual site unless it is my car) and someone had rubbed a message into the grime on the rear window:
"Llavalo Me"

which translates to:
"Wash Me"

There are some parts of humor that are the same everywhere.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Mel and Britney

Mel and Britney are coming to Costa Rica. Maybe we'll see them.

The ragamuffins are mine - end of the day at Manuel Antonio Park

We moved to Costa Rica to live a life less ordinary (at least for a while) and a life less regulated (I am not talking about governments or politics here - I mean that little girl needs a shirt kind of stuff.) So here you have it. Our kids look like ragamuffins living in a shack. We've got a kid in a sling, a kid with no shirt and a boy who is actually cleaner in this photo than most days. But don't they look happy?

In actuality, we just finished a lunch at a hard-to-miss restaurant on the road from Quepos to Manuel Antonio Park. Perhaps you have seen it?

It is a restaurant stuck onto an old airplane. Supposedly this is the plan that crashed in Nicaragua and outing the entire Iran-Costa scandal. I am not sure if I believe that, but this restaurant is still a fun place.

They made the interior of the plan into a bar area.

But the real attraction is the view from the patio dining at the top.

Food was okay (I have not been blown away by any food in Costa Rica, call me a California Food Snob, but it is true) but it was a lovely time and a great end to our visit to the beach that day.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Friday, May 9, 2008

What's on Fire? - Info about the header photo

People often ask - what is going on with that photo on your header? What is on fire? Is everything OK?

So I will tell you. I could make up some great story about how the truck was on fire and the guy on the motorcycle was an undercover cop and my husband saved a baby that fell from the truck, and then the flying saucer landed - but you probably wouldn't believe it.

The truth is that it was twilight and starting to rain and we had to wait our turn to go across the "Oh Shit bridge" on the way back from Manuel Antonio Park. We took this picture through the windshield (lazy) and it just came out really cool. And that is kind of how Costa Rica has been for us. Things just kind of turn out cool.

Cumpleaños Feliz Costa Rica Crazy

I just realized that I have hit (or passed) my one year bloggy anniversary. Things were a little rocky there in November and December, but we pulled through. Cumpleaños Feliz a mi.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Who is taking the picture?

Actually it was Bell's playing around with the digital camera, but I just had to laugh.