Great Reads

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Having an abundance of time on my hands I’ve been able to read some really good books. My favorites are always stories that are just seeing the light of day thanks to some writer stumbling across the persons amazing story and then bringing them back to life so we can appreciate them in a modern light and appreciate how radical the things they did were at the time. Both of these books are of women from England in the early 1900’s. Jane Digby was truly a woman ahead of her time and lived an amazing life but Gertrude Bell was a force to reckon with. She was a pioneer rock climber, rubbed elbows with Winston Churchill and TL Lawrence from Laurence of Arabia and was pivotal in the formation of the government’s that rule the middle east today. I assure you these stories are stranger than fiction and actually true! Expand them bwains y’all!

Tico Life From A Non Tico

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Bear in mind in this next part I’m not complaining. I’m merely stating the differences I see in the world I left behind and the one I currently inhabit. I’m experiencing things I haven’t seen or experienced in the longest periods of my life if ever before. Foremost is the fact that there is no air conditioning and even more significant I don’t have a car. I haven’t eaten any fast food in the longest period since I was a child and I’ve washed more dishes than in my entire life. Nobody has a mailbox though you can get a PO Box in Coco Beach. I’ve spoken less English than at any time in my life. Most people walk to the store or take the bus. I walk a lot too but me, I’m getting a car. The bus was fun to start with but like with riding a scooter, what’s starts as fun starts losing its luster real fast. Not to mention there are these relentless little gnats swarming around your face and there is no telling how long till the next bus comes. You are at the mercy of the sun, clouds or rain. Most of the time it’s pretty comfortable. It’s those times when the wind dies and the sun isn’t shaded by the clouds that it gets hot and humid. This is when it’s prudent to get in the water which is a perfect temperature and provides instant relief. The beach has one of if not the most gentle drop offs I’ve ever seen and the surf is rarely more than a foot or two. It is the off season so the beach is never crowded though the first 2 weeks of July are a national holiday so I’ll get to witness one of the “peak” seasons soon. Another difference is that 3 weeks ago when I got here I started buying Coke Zero at the local minute mart. After 2 weeks I depleted their entire stock and it still hasn’t been replenished. I keep thinking it’s selling, let’s sell more but for some reason that’s not factoring into the equation. The things that are important in the US just aren’t as important here. It’s really nice in a so many ways. Being happy and tranquil is the important thing and how can you argue with that? Don’t let the off season scare you off. It’s cheaper, the sun still shines and the water is warm and inviting. Toss in some of the most amazing sunsets you’ve ever seen and you can’t come away unimpressed.

Playa Bonito

On Sunday Cecilia wanted to take me to see Playa Bonito. It’s north of us about 7 kilometers. I’m not even going to get into the conversions. Suffice to say I prefer Playa Hermosa. I’ve yet to find a more beautiful beach. As it is I’m struggling with Espanol! It’s not coming nearly as quickly as I thought. Fortunately there are a good number of people that speak English but it’s still going to be necessary in order to truly integrate here. Cecilia still thinks I understand way more than I do because she tells me stories that I’m only getting bits of pieces of and then she just laughs like crazy. Still in all I’m learning new words everyday and when you basically have to learn every word it gets a little intimidating and discouraging. Others have told me though it will eventually snap and I’ll start hearing it.The main thing I’m focusing on is that for the first time in a very long time I have almost zero responsibility. I can’t even begin to explain what a pleasure that is. My goals are to go swimming at least twice a day, hopefully see some new critter and other than that chill. I’m researching what is necessary to get my pensioner visa for Costa Rica so when I come back in August I’ll be able to get all the documents necessary. I’m really looking forward to when I get back and getting my own place and a car. I’m really thankful for everything Cecilia has done for me and the warm hospitality she’s shown me, but she has her own schedule and I have mine. Not to mention I lived alone for over 20 years. Enough about all that stuff. The beach is calling and this beach thing requires a lot of time and energy.  More pictures from my travels.  Enjoy! I certainly am 😉