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San Juan del Sur

San Juan del Sur

Typical tourist picture of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua from a few months back.  Who can guess where the picture is taken from?

HEY peter I was just reading your cutter ant post!!!

I just read that and one part hit me as funny where you wrote about trying to dug them up to find the queen. maybe so if they had not been there but a very very short time. I have a lot down the road which is around 7000 meters, and cutter ants in 4 lines going from end to end bring back all kinds of flower and leaves, I followed them back to the hole they were going down and declared WAR!!!! I thought hum I'll burn em out.. I filled a 5 gal gas can and poured it down the hole. yep I did... lol I poured a small line of gas far back away from it and threw the match.. boom!!! yeah baby take that.. next day I went back and the same lines were going about their everyday life, but going down another hole not far from the first one. hummm so I did this again. and again and again. I have yet to see that I have made a dent on these guys.

your embassy and what they will do for you

When I was in colombia and my wife and I had to go to the u.s. embassy to apply for her k-1 visa I had idea's in my head of crack u.s. highly trained and skilled ready to kill army men on post. what I found was local guards from colombia who couldn't even speak english. Once inside it wasn't much better. Being a holder of a u.s. passport I also thought that maybe they would take us before all the rest and do our paperwork. not that I am any better then anyone but just because It's my embassy. that didn't happen either.

today I got a taste of the embassy here in panama. Now I share this because many people think that if you have a problem in another country your embassy will be there for you and this really isn't what I have learned.


Well today was really nice, the sun did come out for a while to say hello, before the clouds took over. Which reminds me of a story about two months back I had let a friend of mine use my camera which I always carry with me in the truck, and while coming home up the mountain I made a turn and just had to stop and pull over to look at this awesome cloud that was just sitting half way down the mountain, it looked as if the cloud said I'll rest here a bit before moving on. you could see the mountain above and below it. I thought wow what a shot, so I reached for my CAMERA.. o well at least I have the shot in my mind.

LisaValencia's picture

Passport Renewal Trip Time

Every three months I must leave the country. All tourists do in Costa Rica, to get their passports renewed. I took a trip to Panama’s ruggedly beautiful Pacific coast. I walked on wide flat beaches that seemed to go on forever, climbed craggy cliffs and lava rock walkways, stayed in cattle country with no steak to be found and a has-been surf town that was half asleep. Check it out here: http://www.travelexperiencecostarica.com/2010/12/08/trip-to-panamas-paci...
and let me know what you think.
Your Friend and Tropical Reporter,

BAC San Jose

I need to vent out loud, long and hard!
I am a native U S Citizen, [from the South Eastern U. S.] I wish to remain anonymous for now.
This vent is in reference to BAC San Jose. In 2008 I worked and was paid as a private contractor for Berlitz, which setup and open an account under my name and my passport number for payroll deposits.

Subsequently after no longer working for Berlitz in early 2009 I discontinued using the account therefore the account became inactive with a small balance remaining! During the second week in October 2010 I went to the BAC San Jose, Playa de Coco location attempting to open a new account and have the old balance transferred into the new account. The staff took and made copies of my Passport and my ‘American Social Security Administration’ Benefit Statement which contained watermarking, the www address and a bar code.

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Raptor Migration in Costa Rica - Amazing!

Listen to this! I recently discovered that my cherished Caribbean paradise possesses a revered status in the bird world. Right here, in the Talamanca Mountains, is one of only three “mega-hawkwatch” sites worldwide, where it is possible to observe raptor numbers from 5,000 to 200,000 birds in a day! The birds, on their way south from the States and Canada are mostly Turkey Vultures, Swainson’s Hawks and Broad Tailed Hawks; but there are also many other kinds of Hawks, Kites and Falcons.

And what's more - I found the observation tower to watch them! It's a beautiful hike through the jungle in the Kekoldi reserve, right near Puerto Viejo. Makes for a wonderful jungle adventure, if you are in the area at this time of year. The migration season continues til the end of November.

You can read all about my adventure here:http://www.travelexperiencecostarica.com/2010/10/21/costa-rica-bird-watching/

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Costa Rica Firearms | CostaRicaFirearms.com - the First and Only English Site Dedicated to Gun Ownership

Costa Rica Firearms is the first and only English language web site dedicated to gun ownership, self-defense, non-lethal weapons and sport shooting.

Featured sections: Articles, FREE Firearms Ownership and Licensure e-Guide, FREE Classifieds and Open Discussion Forum.

Costa Rica Firearms | http://CostaRicaFirearms.com

New Forum for/about/dealing with Costa Rica

I would like to invite any and all interested to join a new online forum about, for, and involving living in Costa Rica as a non-citizen, but legal resident. This group is being formed after years of frustration with existing forums that are too heavily moderated, politically slanted, exclusive of many who can be of help, and generally too much full of gossip, innuendo, and rumor. This forum will exist for a free and open exchange of ideas and information about how to get here, what to do after getting here, and so forth. Take a peek.
Group home page: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CRRealists
John Dungan, RN
Aguacate de Tilaran
Guanacaste, Costa Rica 50807
Personal Blog: http://arenalgrumbles.blogspot.com/
Forum Owner/Moderator: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CRRealists

LisaValencia's picture

Crime in Paradise

Many people ask me about crime in this country - specifically theft. Everyone wants to know how to avoid it and even if they should come here in the first place. I have had my own experiences, living in Costa Rica for three years. As a writer, I have been mulling over and even agonizing over what to say and how to deal with it myself.

After some sweat and tears (no blood!) I wrote an essay on the subject. It is too long to post here. You can find it on my web site, here: http://www.travelexperiencecostarica.com/2010/09/07/crime-in-costa-rica/

The short story is: I still love Costa Rica and I'm not leaving any time soon. Like anything else, the major challenge is how you deal with it in your head.

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