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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Some Great Things About Costa Rica

  • Clean tropical sun and wind dried laundry fresh off the line.
  • Bougainvillea bushes - non-stop blooms and great security hedge - thorny like roses and they grow sky high.
  • Free orchids - they are growing on our trees and there is also an orchid plant growing out of the lawn that is about four feet high and in bloom right now.
  • Good vodka - bought a 2.1 litre bottle for $15 CAD yesterday. I don't know what that might cost in Ontario but I do know that it would cost about $70 CAD in British Columbia. Meanwhile, although he seems to be successfully abandoning the habit, Lance can get his ciggies for about $2 CAD a pack, as opposed to $10/pack in Canada.
  • Fresh pineapples.
  • Pineapple juice to mix with the vodka - recipe courtesy of Julie. I made this yesterday and it is so good and nice to know I'm not wasting anything. 
  • Tomatoes from the feria. 
  • Tomato seeds from a local tomato thrown into the ground that sprout in less than a week and grow like crazy.
  • Delicious, inexpensive meals from the local sodas.
  • Walking on the cool tiles in the house in bare feet.
  • The afternoon rain and thunder in the green season.
  • Parrots, hummingbirds and birds we've never seen before.
  • House geckos.
  • Irex dishwashing paste.
  • My favorite brand: "Bimbo".
  • Beautiful insects - incredible colors and shapes.


  1. You are absolutely right - we really need to try the tomato gardening approach!

  2. Yes! do it, just throw the seeds from the local tomatoes, red peppers, and anything else into the ground, stir with a chopstick, water, sit back and watch. It's just that easy! (courtesy Shell Busey).