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Monthly Archives: May 2012

El Caribe

There really is a difference between the Pacific side and the laid  back side of Costa Rica.  Granted, we do not have the sun sets like the Pacific, but we also don’t have the mass of people either.  Now with the down season upon us, the little town of Puerto is quiet and not much happening.  It’s nice to be able to drive down main street without having to run thru a maze of parked delivery trucks, cars, people and bici’s.  For some reason a lot of people think it is ok to walk 4 or 5 abreast on this little narrow road.  Some of these folks here only drive one speed, FAST!  I am surprised more people aren’t run over.  Maybe it’s just me wanting to driving on an overgrown sidewalk.  I always try to avoid the main street by taking the back roads to avoid the masses.

Today is the official start of the rainy season according to the newspaper.  It is amazing how accurate they are with the date.  Of course the rainy season is only applied to the central valley and Pacific side of the country, it rains here all year long, sort of.

We had a visitor the other day as we were working on the floors.  I saw an iguana walk across the yard and into a tree.  I told Marvin, our carpenter, what I saw and he ran out to see and plucked it off the tree.  It is a female, we have about 4 or 5 of them living in our trees around the house.  They drive the dogs crazy.

 

Marvin and the iguanathe iguana

 

 

Pedro, our gardener, came by and cut our yard so I thought I would quick get a shot of that before it got overgrown again.  It is amazing to think that this was full of overgrown Cacao trees and covered with dead leaves.  By just adding a little sun and water the grass  has sprung to life

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So goes the life in the rainforest, Pura Vida!

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Air Shots

I found these images from a local facebook person (Miguel Lali) here in Puerto Viejo.  I thought I would share those too.

puerto from the air

This one shows the old harbor from which the town is named.  The reef helps protect the boats from the waves.  This is one of the few places in Costa Rica that still has reefs, some growing some not.

 

puerto viejo downtown

Here is a shot of downtown with the old harbor in the back.  Pura Vida!

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Salva mi Puerto Viejo

I had another outdoor Spanish class yesterday.  Went took a bike ride down to Punta Uva and Playa Grande.  It was a great day, plenty of sun shine, calm seas and pleasant breeze from the water.

 

On the way there I passed some guys getting ready to go out and fish, the sardines are back which brings in the bigger fish to feed on them so life is good!

 

fishing

This road leads to Playa Grande.  It is a really impressive part of the rain forest here with lots of wildlife.

road to the beach

 

The road ends up here at Playa Grande.  A great beach to go bogie boarding and hang out.  Very quite place to be.

playa grande

We found this throne a ways down the beach, someone’s idea of a joke I guess.  They probably got this from the demolished hotel not far away!

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May can give way to great days at the beach.  The water is calm and clear great for snorkeling.

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This is the sign that is posted all over town and along the coast.  For good reason.  Last year the government closed down two hotels saying that they were affecting the environment and causing harm to the wet lands.  They brought in track hoes and demolished them, sort of.  As you can see from the pictures they did not leave the area very clean.  In fact, they caused more environmental damage than good.  It’s been over a year since this happened and as you can see, when the money runs out, so does the government leaving in it’s wake a  landscape of hollow buildings, debris and no one to finish the job.  Que lastima!

I am not sure why the government is so set on destroying such a beautiful place as Puerto Viejo, one can only hope that they come to their senses before they bring on the next wave of track hoes!   Pura Vida!

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Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

May Day

Here in Costa Rica it is Labor Day, a national holiday.  This gives people the chance to go to the streets and protest about things they don’t like and since they can’t do that while working they have the day off.  Great Fun.

 

So for the past couple of months we have been having average rain.  Right now our yard is way over grown and just waiting for payday to happen so I can get the gardener in to cut everything.  Re lacing the floors has consumed way more than our budget will allow.

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The weather report says we are supposed to have rain most of May, but it’s not very accu-weather they really don’t know what is going to happen.  Even the weather people here in CR don’t have a clue.  No such thing as Doppler radar here!  If they put one up on top of one of the volcanoes it would cover the whole country until it erupts.  Oh well………

So little by little things move along.  Pura Vida.

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Uncategorized