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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.


Dan and Lisle said...

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

Diana said...

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).