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Pura Vida – Part 5 (The End)

This post will close out this series on the Costa Rica Trip.

On the 22nd we visited some family and Sofia received a princess dress. She must have been impressed with the dress because she refused to take it off when we returned home and slept in it that night.

On the morning of the 24th, she put on different clothes, but again put on the new dress after dinner when it was time to see what Santa had brought her. Continue reading Pura Vida – Part 5 (The End)

Pura Vida – Part 3 (One long Day)

Well on the previous day, we made it through a four hour ordeal at Paso Canoas and finally were on our way to San Jose. As I said the trip up was pretty uneventful. We had family waiting for us at the TRACOPA bus terminal to take us to Puriscal, The weather was cool and I was prepared for a great vacation. I would not be disappointed.

On the 20th we got up early to make our drive to the home of the Arenal Volcano. This is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Costa Rica. The drive from Puriscal was a winding highway through a very beautiful mountainous area that helps you understand why Costa Rica has been compared with Switzerland.

We had our small car filled with five adults and Sofia. The winding roads and Sofia’s energy kept us all wide awake. We had fun – can you tell?

There was a major bike race going on and through out the day we met individuals or groups of riders. On these roads, the riders could not have felt all that safe. There is a rider going around the curve in this photo. Continue reading Pura Vida – Part 3 (One long Day)

Pura Vida – Part 1

I have returned from my 8 day visit to Costa Rica and will have some posts to cover the trip. I brought back company with me, so it is going to take me some time to get organized. Just thought I would let you know I have returned.

I will title the Costa Rica posts “Pura Vida”. If I heard “Pura Vida” once, I heard it a thousand times on my trip. If you travel to Costa Rica and don’t hear it at least once, you obviously have not been meeting any real Costa Ricans.

Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia that will tell you a little more.

Pura vida literally means “pure life”, but the meaning is closer to “full of life”, “purified life”, “this is living!”, “going great”, or “cool!”[2] It can be used as a greeting, as a word of farewell, to express satisfaction, or to politely express indifference when describing something.[2] The phrase has become widely known; this highly flexible statement has been used by many Costa Ricans (and expatriates) since 1956.[3] Some foreigners view the phrase as an expression of a leisurely lifestyle, of disregard for time, and of wanton friendliness. However, Costa Ricans use the phrase to express a philosophy of strong community, perseverance, resilience in overcoming difficulties with good spirits, enjoying life slowly, and celebrating good fortune of magnitudes small and large alike.

I had a great 8 days in Costa Rica. I got to do and see things that I hadn’t been able to do on previous visits. Stay tuned. I will try to get caught up soon and post part 2, which will be the Paso Conoas experience.

El Parqueo Bar Y Restaurante In Rio Claro, Costa Rica


Our trip to Costa Rica was pretty uneventful. We went to visit family in Rio Claro and it is not one of the most exciting places in Costa Rica to visit. The only real eventful moment was eating in El Parqueo Bar Y Restaurante.

We stopped in to get a couple ice cream sundaes and when we went to pay we gave a 10,000 Colon bill + coins. When the change came, it was change for a 5,000 Colon. We told the waitress that we had given a 10,000 and she went back to the cashier and returned with a 5,000 and coins saying that was what the casher said he was given.

We knew different because we only had bills of 10,000 and this was just the old scam of giving change for a smaller bill. It is not all that unusual for a gringo to receive this sort of treatment, but it is still unfortunate that businesses feel they need to lie and steal to make ends meet.

Since they obviously need publicity, I decided to give them some. If you happen to be in Rio Claro and need to eat, my recommendation is to tell the waitress, when you give them the payment, the denomination of the money you are giving them. That will discourage thievery by the cashier and or waitress. At the current exchange rate of 581 colons per dollar, 5,000 colons comes out to be about $8.60.

Last Day in La Palma

All good things must end and this trip is no exception. I have had an extremely good time. I have seen glorious sites. I have eaten great food, and I have been with wonderful people. I was able to get some reading done and even some technical activity.My hosts had recently gotten connected to the Internet. That explains how I made a couple ACS posts while I was out. When I looked at their system, I noticed that their anti-virus software has expired several years ago. I also noticed that they were several years behind in Windows XP upgrades. I updated all the software to current versions. I also downloaded AVAST anti-virus and installed it.
What a great time I had on my trip to Costa Rica. Life just doesn’t get any better than this.

When I walked outside on this last day, I found this fellow waiting for me. I think he is saying, “Isn’t it time you went back to where ever you came from?”
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Osa Palmas Bar and Restaurante in La Palma Costa Rica

Our outing for today will be to go to the Osa Palmas restaurant in La Palmas. Some one will have to tell you how to drive there, because the are no sign, but La Palma is small and everyone will know where it is.The restaurant is located at the top of of one of the largest hills and has a good view of the Pacific. The drive up the the winding road will convince you that you don’t want to be having a lot of drinks and driving back after dark.

Following is the entrance to the restaurant.
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