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I'll mix Costa Rica and Parisienne coffees tonight in my search for the perfect plongeur brew.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Dec 26th, 2008 at 05:25:55 AM EST
thanks sven, i hope you can sleep afterwards.

plonge, plongeur, plonk...

:)

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Dec 26th, 2008 at 06:22:53 AM EST
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Very interesting...I really would like part 2 and more photos...much more photos, please...Have a good time!

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Fri Dec 26th, 2008 at 07:21:16 AM EST
thanks vbo, i'm sure pt 2 will ensue, thanks to your pleasure at the first.

i enjoy reading your work here very much, thanks or contributing.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Dec 26th, 2008 at 01:18:54 PM EST
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European Tribune - Costa Rica Christmas
the sassy cool of the young bloods on the prowl, the brave joy of the young nubility, turning the corner to adulthood.

You're a poet, even if you don't know it, and sure to write songs real cool.  Great to see you having a good time - and say hi to Metavision, the Maid of Madrid, for me!  (Rembrandt in the Prado is not to be missed)

notes from no w here

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Dec 26th, 2008 at 08:15:42 AM EST
why thankyou, kind sir, your praise is balm indeed.

thanks also for the tip about the prado, i'd very much like to make that happen.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Dec 26th, 2008 at 01:20:20 PM EST
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You're a poet, though I think that you do know it.

Second diary - or more - please.

By the way - two of those three statues seem to be eating/carrying bananas or something. Seems an odd subject for sculpture.

paul spencer

by paul spencer (paulgspencer@gmail.com) on Sat Dec 27th, 2008 at 12:53:31 PM EST
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No palm trees with Christmas lights?  Or it the tacky stuff limited to Florida?

Very nice diary, melo!

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Fri Dec 26th, 2008 at 09:49:26 AM EST
yup, there's a bit of that, but my camera doesn't really want to go there!

you can see the cloven hoofprint of el norte everywhere i've been so far, but from what i'm reading in the local press, it's china C.R wants to jump in bed with, now uncle sam's having his drawers quartered.

i just read that the chinese gvt just donated 20 patrol cars to the police here.

there's a lot more where that came from...

it's more gaudy than gaudi, the kitschfest shiny angels, etc, but it's on the cheapo. it's a far cry from the third world, but this is equally far from being a prosperous-feeling country.

considering the poverty, the peoples' equaniminity is admirable. i look forward to getting as deep as i can into the experience as i can, within the time frame.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Dec 26th, 2008 at 01:27:14 PM EST
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Lovely diary, melo! Hope there will be more. I always wanted to visite South and Central America, but sofar it never worked out. So, I enjoy reading your impressions until I will make it myself.

And enjoy your holiday and the warmth. :-)

by Fran on Fri Dec 26th, 2008 at 11:58:03 AM EST
thanks fran!

i have held back a long time also from central and s. america, there's a side that has always appealed, but a darker side that was too fascistic-seeming for my taste.

i think i'll be back, there's something i am feeling here that's very new and different.

the warmth is already helping my body feel lighter and more rubbery, joints loosening...

and the fruit! mountain apples, sapotes, hayden mangoes, oh, it's good to feel those special sugars and vitamins singing through the blood again.

when i lived in the tropics long-term, it was the peaches, apples and grapes, apricots and nectarines i missed, now i'm realising how much i missed tropical fruit.

s. jose is not at sea level, and i hear down on the coast it's seriously hot, perfect beach weather.

first a week quite a bit higher though, abd if it's this cool in S.J., i expect it'll be light sweater (or for ladies, shawl) temperatures in the evenings.

best wishes for a nice winter too, fran. i hear the alps have more snow this year than any of the last ten, and hardly any people visiting, because of the economy. do you like snow sports?

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Dec 26th, 2008 at 01:45:47 PM EST
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Ahhh, I envy you the fruits - ENJOY THEM!!!!!

It also looks like Costa Rica seems to have good internet access - as you seem to have no problem to post. Can you access from the Hotel or do you have to go to a internet cafe?

We do not have much snow where I am, but right know it has turned very cold - hights around -2°to 2°C.

I never was a great fan of snow sports, except for some cross-country skiing, especially in the Black Forest.

So again have a good time in the sun and I am looking forward to the sequel diary. :-)

by Fran on Sat Dec 27th, 2008 at 09:05:10 AM EST
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hi fran, yes the hotel we've been 3 nights has wireless 2 mps b-band, what a pleasure!

where we go next has dialup and it's sold by the hour, so i'll check in, but will probably wait to upload pt 2 until after jan 3rd. i shot 206 pix yesterday, so will have at least some decent ones.

we walked around and chatted to some very interesting folks today, the people are really growing on me. there's a certain mildness, lack of guile, and values that seem to have resisted the anglo germs.

for example, the taxi driver wouldn't take a tip, and not only, but when i inadvertently left the camera in his cab, called up the hotel before i even noticed it was missing, and was terribly reluctant to let me give him the equivalent of €7 by way of thanks.

the coins are really big and remind me of pirates!

we are grateful to be leaving the city tonight, the diesel fumes are making my chest ache and my nose run, but we have run into some really nice people here, and are getting more and more insight to the national character, the people are very talkative, and proud to tell us about their beautiful country.

there's a softness to their hearts that pulls the love out of me.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Dec 27th, 2008 at 03:22:53 PM EST
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i have held back a long time also from central and s. america, there's a side that has always appealed, but a darker side that was too fascistic-seeming for my taste.
AIRC, a wise Costa Rican leader many years ago concluded that the biggest threat to Costa Rica was from its own military, so he abolished the military and relied only on police. I do not know if this is the case now or even if it is an accurate characterization of what happened, but this could account for an absence of many of the darkest shades of the dark side in Costa Rica.

One of my fondest memories is of a six week stay, mostly in a Microbus, in the mountains around Guadalajara, Mexico in 1967.  The people were wonderful and the climate was delightful.  When I developed an ear infection exacerbated by 3,000 m elevation changes, I was able to self prescribe and purchase an effective antibiotic at a pharmicia in Durrango, on the way down.  It was a fantastic country, now grown more dangerous and violent due in part to the illegal nature of the drug trade.  I still think moving to Mexico or Central America would be a delight, but my spouse is far less comfortable than am I with living in a country with a language different from ours.  I have some Spanish but she has none.  It can be very difficult for an older adult to learn a new language.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Dec 28th, 2008 at 02:57:44 PM EST
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I'm sure you'll get around to touring their scenic volcanoes.  Please post some pictures of the Poás, if and when you get there!  

...And don't pass up a taste of thirst quenching cas!

"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne

by maracatu on Fri Dec 26th, 2008 at 05:20:59 PM EST
thanks maracatu, i will do my best!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Dec 26th, 2008 at 07:50:15 PM EST
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hey maracatu, i had some cas for lunch today, it was outstanding!

we found a vegan restaurant, called 'vishnu', and had the best meal here yet, topped off with the tangy drink your link described, and yesterday i turned my partner onto 'spoon meat', the delicious white flesh of the still-young coconut, before its oil and fibre content matures.

pura vida!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Dec 27th, 2008 at 03:26:41 PM EST
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Don't pass up the chance to see the Poás volcano!

"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Sat Dec 27th, 2008 at 05:54:00 PM EST
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I'm so glad it went OK!  Enjoy it all and I look forward to the return meet.  Send the details when you have time.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.
by metavision on Fri Dec 26th, 2008 at 08:55:48 PM EST
melo, this is great.  spend your time being there, and only give us a thought when there's a bit of down time.  muchas gracias, bueno viajo?

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sat Dec 27th, 2008 at 12:25:03 PM EST
thanks, CH, glad you enjoyed it.

i will be concentrating hard this coming week starting tomorrow, but will keep jotting down notes and snapping away for a second installment in 10 days or so.

what a country, i am tenderly amazed...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Dec 27th, 2008 at 03:29:28 PM EST
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I kept waiting to read about the part where you finally were able to unload the 50 Euro note by being mugged in downtown San Jose or one of its parks.  Glad it didn't happen, but be careful.  The best is outside the city, as I'm sure you've learnt by now. Lovely countryside and friendly people.  Coffee plantation tours are a treat if you like to get your caffeine that way. Pleased to hear more of your adventures.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Sun Dec 28th, 2008 at 11:12:03 PM EST
I kept waiting to read about the part where you finally were able to unload the 50 Euro note by being mugged in downtown San Jose or one of its parks.

Of course, muggings only happen in those poorer countries....</snark>

It happens to tourists around the world, in NYC, in LA, in Miami you can be shot,... but it´s not a cliche to perpetuate.  In our dear north, the govts. are mugging everyone of us daily with the richboyz crisis, but that´s a ´free market mugging´ so it doesn´t count.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Mon Dec 29th, 2008 at 03:42:40 PM EST
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You are correct Metavision, of course, and I didn't mean to imply that muggings only happen in poor countries.  I feel safer from street crime in most countries outside our dear North. However, there are places where I have learned to be extra careful and downtown San Jose just happens to be one of them. On the other hand, I have wondered around quite a few sseemingly peaceful places without experiencing serious crime only to read later of violent crime in the exact same location.

I am currently staying, for the first time, in a small fishing village on the north coast of Yucatan. The inhabitants are very poor and very law abiding. Canadians who have lived here for some time tell us that they come and go at all hours of the night and no one has experienced street crime in the village. I am more concerned about crime in the larger cities, such as Merida even though it has traditionally been a relatively safe city.

If you saw one of my earlier posts, you would know that I consider my hometown in the US to be very unsafe, as documented by crime statistics.  

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears

by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Wed Jan 7th, 2009 at 12:02:56 AM EST
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