Issue 374 – May 3, 2018 – Bradenton, Florida – An Occasional Publication
To all of our friends, far and near:
I just finished editing and posting the many photos we took during our month-long stay in Costa Rica (March 29 to April 29). While those photos are copyrighted, they are open for anyone to view . . . and to download for your personal use. No password is needed and you do not have to buy anything or signup for anything. Here is the best link, and it will take you right to my topical albums on Flickr.com:
We wish to again thank our friends Larry and Linda Seng for their kind invitation to let us to live in their home in La Garita de Alejuela, Costa Rica for the period from March 29 to April 29, 2018, during part of the time they were back in the United States. We will never forget that generous act.
The biggest challenges we faced were (1) our very limited knowledge of the Spanish language; (2) our inability to find English-speaking Costa Ricans at moments of our greatest need for such; and (3) dealing with the really aggressive driving habits we encountered on the highways and byways.
However, overall, our stay in Costa Rica was a wonderful “once-in-a lifetime experience” in broadening our cultural experiences. The food was great and the countryside was simply beautiful. We saw an amazing array of birds and animals and even one of the nation’s most poisonous snakes in the wild. Plus we enjoyed getting to getting to know two of the Sengs’ neighbors there in La Garita: Patsy Jackson (from Las Cruces, NM; Texas) and Sue Doucette (from Tucson, AZ). And we are especially pleased to count as new friends some natives of Costa Rica: Raquel and Jose Soto Moreno (of San Ramon; he is an English professor at a university in Alajuela), Maria Elena Muñoz (director of the Juan Santamaria Museum in Alajuela), Wilson Rojas (owner of Coati Tours; driver-guide extraordinaire), Giovanni Borgadi (founder of the Borgadi Trail in La Fortuna and a neat guy), and a really nice policeman up in San Ramon who helped get us “unlost” one morning. We hope to stay in touch with each of them.
Oh, it was a joy and a blessing to have friends Michael and Penny Letichevsky (seasonal in Florida; residents of Boston, Mass.) join us for about the last week of our stay. They really kicked our activity level up a few notches and sometimes made our stomachs hurt from laughing so much. Mighty good times. As Bob Hope always told his audiences, “Thanks for the memories.”
Please visit the link, up above, to see hundreds more photos of this beautiful country.
Thanks for stopping by.