33 item(s) tagged "costa rica"
on Friday, September 19, 2008
First and foremost who in Costa Rica doesn’t have a kid! And if they don’t have one yet, there’s one on the way. It’s contagious. Even us ex-pats are multiplying like bunnies down here. My husband and I have made a sport out of counting the amount of pregnant women we see on the street within an hour. On average I’d say eight to ten. So you can understand how great ...
on Saturday, September 20, 2008
Being a mom of a four year old, I am constantly inspired to show my son new stuff. The reality is, I'm really good at stimulating my son when we're traveling, or out adventuring the world, but when I'm at home I'm horrible. I can't get excited about building blocks, or reading little books--after one I'm pretty much done:) But once I'm out of the house I can practical...
on Thursday, September 25, 2008
When I traveled through Latin America, I booked over 330 bus hours. You couldn't pay me enough to take a long bus ride anywhere these days. However, I absolutely adore local public transportation; in moderation, of course. And, in Costa Rica, you can get anywhere on a bus. To me this is the true traveler's experience. You get to see sights that you would never venture off to - ...
on Tuesday, September 30, 2008
by Marina Kuperman
I took my son on a last bang before his mid-school break was over to Parque de Diversiones, the Tico version of an amusement park. And to be honest with you, I can not even begin to tell you how impressed I was!!! I was expecting some dinky little park with a few rides, like the fairs that are held in various places throughout Central American countries, usually attached to some Saint Day or Vir...
on Thursday, October 02, 2008
Ready for a bit of chaos and sensory overload? San Jose's Central Market is a real treat!
The market is jam packed with a variety of small shops selling everything from colorful bouquets of flowers, spices, all kids of housewares and weird looking fruits and vegetables.
It is also a great place to find lots of small "sodas" (local restaurants) where locals eat (elbo...
on Sunday, October 05, 2008
There is nothing in this world that I love more than traveling. And the best travel is with family! I live in the mountainous region outside of San Jose (near Heredia) and the weather here is always perfect and crisp. A nearby popular park called Monte De La Cruz (Cross Mountain) is a great place to chill out with family. (The reason it's called Cross Mountain, is because on one of the trail...
on Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Let's face it, when you come to Costa Rica you don't exactly want to make San Jose a destination of sorts. I mean, there's so much more to Costa Rica. But then again... You'd be surprised about all the fun things there are to do in San Jose.
Since I love to host friends and family at my house and I live in the Central Valley area, I've been able to explore San Jose extensi...
on Wednesday, October 08, 2008
A volcano is always a special treat to see if you've seen one before. Before I arrived to Central America I'd never laid eyes on one, and even though they have become almost the norm for me now, I still think that they are spectacular! And they are all different, so if you've seen one, you still should see more.
Of course, the most famous is Arenal. It is the most activ...
on Thursday, October 09, 2008
Costa Rica is a country with 4 million inhabitants. In comparison to its neighbors it's a village, and the village mentality flows over to the mindset of its people. Since moving here I haven't really felt too much of a culture shock. Yeah sure the language could be a barrier at times, and I'm adjusting to their holiday schedules and other little things here and there, bu...
on Sunday, October 12, 2008
Buttressed tree trunks / roots are a common sight in Corcovado National Park. Rain forest soils are traditionally poor and all the nutrients live near the surface, so the roots of trees spread out, rather than down.