Posts Tagged "Costa Rica"

First Food Impressions

Posted by on Dec 13, 2014 in Adventure, Costa Rica, Live Your True Nature | 2 comments

There are many food options in Costa Rica from fried chicken, western fast food to tico food. Love the little boy in the opening of Pollolandia–Chickenland. Notice also the sink in the corner of Pollolandia. I was surprised to see sinks with soap in almost every eatery, even a market stall.

Pollolandia

Pollolandia–Chickenland for the whole family

Yes, the whopper is apparently a bit like me and makes it’s home wherever it finds itself in the world.

Fast Food in Costa Rica

Fast Food in Costa Rica

No Burger King monopoly, McDonalds is also here; I spotted the golden arches high above the weekly farmers’ market. A few organic venders were here and I got my first pipa fria since Thailand 12 years ago. With his machete, the vendor hacked the top off the green coconut shell just enough to poke a straw through so I could drink the cold coconut water. When I finished he skillfully cut a slice of the green shell off and then hacked the coconut in half, and with that piece, scooped the coconut meat so I could eat it.

Golden Arches above the weekly Farmers' Market in Alajuela, Costa Rica

Golden Arches above the weekly Farmers’ Market in Alajuela, Costa Rica

Pizza delivery is possible too.

Pizza Delivery in Costa Rica

Pizza Delivery in Costa Rica

My first meal in a market stall was one of my best first meals. A simple meal of rice and shrimp with fresh ‘salad’ that was like a tasty fresh salsa. I added homemade chilero (not the stuff pictured in the bottle), which is various veggies such as carrots, cauliflower and hot peppers fermented in vinegar. Fresh fruit juices are quite common. My first was cas, which is a bit like guava, but more acidic.

Arroz con camarón

Arroz con camarón

One example of a typical meal is called a casado, which is means married because it is as if the rice, beans, ‘salad’, tortilla and choice of meat are married. My drink of choice for lunch this day was tamarind juice.

Typical Costa Rican Dish: Casado

Typical Costa Rican Dish: Casado

 

There was a steady stream of ants along the curb of the market. They found leftover snacks to take home for dinner.

The ants got takeout

The ants got takeout

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First Day in Costa Rica

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Adventure, Costa Rica, Live Your True Nature | 4 comments

In the last post I said Costa Rica was decked out for the holidays. Here are a few photos to illustrate.

Decked out for the Holidays

Decked out for the Holidays

Decked out for the Holidays

Decked out for the Holidays

Christmas Trees for Sale--at the best prices

Christmas Trees for Sale–at the best prices

Here is the back garden from my first hotel as well as breakfast fruit. It’s funny how I didn’t care for ripe papaya at all when I lived in Thailand. Actually I had a strong aversion to it. In the past few years I have eaten dried papaya with no sugar and liked it When I got this plate of fresh fruit my first morning, I devoured the papaya. My body loves it! And those bananas remind me of fresh bananas in Thailand–so much better than the ones that arrive green in Vermont.

hotel garden and breakfast fruit

hotel garden and breakfast fruit

Here are a few scenes from around the town of Alejuela outside of San José.

Las Frutas

Las Frutas

Doorway con cebollas y bananos

Doorway con cebollas y bananos

This colorful street mural looks like it might be of the Costa Rican national bird, the yigüirro (ji-gwe-ro). You may be surprised as I was that this clay-colored bird is the national bird when there are so many exotic ones to choose from. The song is quite melodic and it is said to announce the rains are coming–though I have heard and seen it quite a bit and the dry season is starting!

Tico (Costa Rican) Mural

Tico (Costa Rican) Mural with the national bird the yigürro

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Is it a Sign?

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Adventure, Costa Rica, Live Your True Nature | 0 comments

“What amazing adventure can I have this winter,” I’ve been asking myself?  Two years since I left my teaching job, I was free to venture for the winter. It felt as if now was the time! I have wanted to learn to speak Spanish fluently for years, so I considered a Spanish speaking country in Central or South America. Costa Rica popped to mind as one possibility. Honestly, I’m not sure why Costa Rica. I stayed open to possibilities of places I might go. One day in August, I went to the food coop. After I paid for my purchases, I put the change I received in my pocket and left to do more errands. When I got out to pay at a parking meter, I dug out the change. One coin was neither American nor  Canadian, which we sometimes see in Vermont. What was it? I couldn’t believe it was a coin (1 Colón, I’ve since learned is no longer in circulation) from Costa Rica! What were the chances of that!? Was it a sign?

Is it a Sign?

Costa Rican Colón. Is it a Sign?

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