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It Tickles My Nose

Wednesday, 28 Jul 2021 | Views [160]

WE ARRIVED EARLY AT THE COVID TESTING site at Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia, expecting long lines. Surprise—it was just us, Luis who processed us and the biohazard-suited woman who swabbed our noses. Fully staffed, the purpose-built big top ... Read more >

Leaving the Pura Vida Behind

Tuesday, 27 Jul 2021 | Views [156]

A MONTH IS SCARCELY ENOUGH time to explore all that Costa Rica has to offer. But this is our third visit—2½ months in all. We Vagabonds have to be somewhere, after all, and Playa Flamingo was just what we were looking for. Our condo at Summit ... Read more >

Palo Verde National Park—It's Hot!

Thursday, 22 Jul 2021 | Views [165]

PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK IS ONE of Costa Rica’s birding “hotspots”—more than 200 species of birds have been recorded here. Although we saw only 30 species today, Palo Verde was definitely a hotspot. The thermometer in our car ... Read more >

Big Bird, Little Bird

Sunday, 18 Jul 2021 | Views [188]

THERE ARE LARGE BIRDS AND THERE ARE small birds. Summer isn’t the best time of year for birding in Costa Rica but we saw plenty of both on this rainy day at Arenal and, of course, Connie and I each have our favorites.     ... Read more >

Arenal Volcano

Thursday, 15 Jul 2021 | Views [203]

WE WEREN’T REALLY SURPRISED TO BE pulled over in a roadside check. This wasn’t our first time driving in Latin America, after all—we had been stopped three times on Christmas Day in Nicaragua back in ’07. But the officer didn’... Read more >

Connie's Beach—It's a Secret!

Tuesday, 13 Jul 2021 | Views [166]

IT’S CALLED PUNTO DE PLAYA PELENCHO on the map but to me it is “Connie’s Beach.” She “discovered” it on one of  her morning walks, a bumpy dirt road ending in a mile long cove of beach. The ATV tours sometimes ... Read more >

Where The Birds Are

Tuesday, 6 Jul 2021 | Views [189]

THE BARE TREE OUTSIDE OUR BALCONY is a favorite perch for the resident Hoffman's woodpecker and great-tailed grackle. It’s convenient birding for us when thunderstorms threaten another deluge and we’ve photographed streak-backed orioles, ... Read more >


Monday, 5 Jul 2021 | Views [174]

A NASCAR PIT CREW CAN CHANGE ALL FOUR TIRES in under 20 seconds. A good Indy crew can cut that time in half. It took me about nine minutes today to change the flat tire on our Nissan Quashqai—not bad for an amateur. We were on our way Las Baulas ... Read more >

Pura Vida—It's A State of Mind

Friday, 2 Jul 2021 | Views [191]

“ PURA VIDA ” LITERALLY TRANSLATES AS the “pure life” or “simple life,” Pura Vida means hello, good-bye and everything is cool—the Tico equivalent of Hawaii’s hang-loose Shaka sign. Pura Vida is an ... Read more >

Tags: the good life

Going, Going . . . Almost Gone!

Tuesday, 29 Jun 2021 | Views [211]

PASSPORTS ✓ TICKETS ✓ HOTEL ✓ CAR ✓ AirBnB ✓ Pase de Salud —huh? It seems you need to complete an on-line health form to enter Costa Rica during these still Dark Times. Which means you also need a special travel insurance policy ... Read more >

Tags: finally!

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