Return To Costa Rica 

After 2 weeks in the USOA I’ll be returning to Costa Rica on Saturday. I got to see a lot of old friends and froze my hiney off every night. Most importantly I got to see my son Dillon. I can’t thank Bob and Rhonda enough for their hospitality and help while I was here. I couldn’t have done it without them. I’m really looking forward to getting back to my new home in Costa Rica! I fly out Saturday night and get into Liberia around noon on Sunday. I’ll go back to my Costa Rican cellular service after I fly out of Houston Saturday night so it’s back to WhatsApp if you want to get ahold of me. Wish I would have gotten to see more people but it will have to be next time or you can come see me in Costa Rica. 

They Call Me Marteen!

Marty isn’t a very common name here so I’ve adopted Martin which is common and it’s pronounced Marteen! I don’t know why but I really like my new name. It goes with my new life. Haven’t taken a lot of pictures because I haven’t really gone anywhere new lately. There is a gal that comes to my apartment and cleans, cooks, does my laundry and helps me with my Espanol 4 hrs a day 5 days a week. She has really helped me to learn how to eat cheaply here and more importantly she is really helping me with my pronunciation and helping me to remember all the words necessary to carry on a conversation. After she leaves I’ll run any errands I need and then head back to my apt to study Espanol. On many evenings I’ll go with Carlos or by myself to the beach and will take a 40 min or better swim. I’ve seen some of the most beautiful sunsets while we were swimming and the water temperature is just perfect.

I’ll be arriving in Portland on Aug 13 @ 11:06 pm. This will be my first time returning to the USOA in just over 10 months. I’m somewhat expecting sensory overload and I know I’m going to freeze at night. The low here is often higher than the high there. I was always cold in Washington and I’ve never been cold here so it will be an interesting experience to say the least.

I should have my old telephone number working once I arrive in Denver barring any technical difficulties and would love to hear from and see as many of you as possible when I get to Longview. Until then buenas suertes! good luck😉

Rodeo Costa Rica Style

I drove to Santa Cruz on Monday to meet up with my friend Silene. She’s one of the students in the university that I met when I was living with Cecilia. I’m really impressed with Silene. She is majoring in ecotourism management and hopes to one day be the director of some sort of business related to the ecotourism industry. Obviously, Costa Rica is the perfect place for her decision. Santa Cruz is a 40 min drive to the south and has a population of 60,000. July 25th is the celebration of the Annexation of Guanacaste which happened in 1824 when the Guanacaste province which I currently reside in seceded from Nicaragua. It’s given great importance because it is a large province and it’s felt that it gave Costa Rica much of it’s culture today. Seline said we were going to a bullfight. My first thought was that I didn’t want to see any bulls killed but I didn’t want to be rude and I thought “when in Rome………..”. Fortunately it turned out to be a translation error as it was just a bull riding event. It was unlike any rodeo I’ve ever been to though! Here’s some video from the event. They don’t have a few clowns like in the us, but there are lots of people to distract the bulls. There was also a ruckus that started up behind the bleachers we were sitting in that I’ve added a video of. I only caught the tail end of it on video. I’ve seen it in the movies but this was the first time in real life I saw a guy grab a bottle and bust it to use as a weapon. Quite an entertaining day to say the least.