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sugar cane

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sugar cane

we planted this sugar cane five weeks ago in Uvita, Costa Rica.

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camote leaves

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camote leaves

we planted these camote plants five weeks ago. we eat the leaves.  also we eat the camote.

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corn from our garden

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corn from our garden

we planted this corn three weeks ago in Uvita, Costa Rica.

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Vaccination Requirements in Costa Rica

Like most of us who were born in the first world, as an infant and child and young adult I was injected with vaccines. Overall my health is not terrible, but I have always had allergies. I researched the subject of vaccinations of children, and I was disturbed by what I found. It appears that many vaccines (past and present, third world and first world) contain unhealthy quantities of mercury, usually in the form of thimerosal. Additionally, there is some question about whether even aside from the mercury vaccines bias a child's immune response towards preventing uncommon ailments, instead of building a natural resistance to common ailments.

Here are a few links. Certainly you can find many, many more with your favorite search engine.

how long can you have a car in Nica?

Hi there,

My husband and I are currently driving through Central America with the intention of making it to the tip of South America. In Jan 2009 we need to fly to NZ for two weeks to attend a wedding and are looking for a place to leave our car that is safe and secure. So far Guatemala is out, Belize is out...and I am hoping that we might be able to leave our car in Nica.

Does anyone know for sure how long you can have a foreign-plated car in Nica? And do they mark on your passport that you entered with a vehicle? And, I suppose, can you extend car permits?

I know as a Canadian I should be able to get 90 days as a tourist but does this apply to the car too?

Can this be done?

Thanks so much for any advice or help.

Kels

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New Features

I've added a few new features to the website.

Now users can choose their language preference (by clicking at the top of the screen).
Also there are some google search boxes, but don't feel obliged to click them.

I'm working on adding a better editor for adding text, but so far I haven't got all the bugs worked out so it is not yet available.

Finally, there is a Private Message system installed, but it is a very basic system and so far does not allow for notifications when you might receive messages.

Go ahead and click Español at the top of the screen, and practice your Spanish!

Peter

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Uncooked Tamales

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Uncooked Tamales

Uncooked, not sure.  Cooked, they're 500 colones for a pair in Grecia, Costa Rica.

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Presidential Debate and El Campesino Viejo

Today I watched the third Presidential Debate from youtube. I had also watched the first one a week ago, but I didn’t watch the second one.

I am less clear what to do in this election than in previous elections. Two elections back, I voted third-party. Last time around, I voted Democratic. Officially, this time, I’m still undecided.

In the past, I’ve felt comfortable with some aspects of McCain. Overall, he seems to be a person who has had devoted his life to public service and the truth. We might disagree somewhat on some values and policies, but by and large I would not be ashamed if he were the President of the country in which I am a citizen. I haven't seen anything that has made me respect him less.

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My twin grand-daughters

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My twin grand-daughters

My twin grand-daughters Noelia and Leslie

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To put a face to a name

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To put a face to a name

To put a face to a name Cory

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