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Published: October 11th 2005
Our new neighbors
Milk for years to come!
There are more pictures of the house and views of the land surrounding us this week, and pictures or two of our new neighbors. No, we don’t own all the land (actually just a thumb’s worth compared to the area in general) but I feel we do “own” the stunning views from our property!
This was a good week overall. The workers finished making the patio and laying the sod in the front and side yards. I love instant grass by the way. Why seed when someone else can grow the grass for you!? So, all we have left now is to put sod in the back of the house above the retaining walls so the mud doesn’t keep streaming down during rainstorms and we can set up a backyard seating area, complete with tables, potted plants and so forth. I am really excited about that. With some big potted plants and the flowers I’ve already planted, it should be a nice sitting area and a good place to put Beth’s chaise lounge.
As weeks go here, this one was pretty uneventful except for my trip to the warehouse near the airport to inspect my belongings that finally arrived
Danielle and Jose-Luis
(discussed in my last blog: http://www.travelblog.org/Central-America-Caribbean/Costa-Rica/San-Ramon/blog-22193.html).
Deal on NatureAir….
For anyone planning a trip to Costa Rica between now and November 30, NatureAir, one of the two domestic airlines here (www.natureair.com), is having a special. You buy one one-way ticket and get the second one free. One way tickets run about $50-$65 so it is a pretty good deal especially if you don’t want to drive or take the bus to the beach or other areas that are a decent driving distance from San Jose or our place. I should also mention that high gasoline prices combined with some relatively long distances and so-so roads in some places make flying a pretty good deal. You can also fly Sansa, which is part of TACA, a larger Central American airline based in El Salvador. I’d fly either airline but I just think NatureAir is just a more fun, upbeat airline. Either airline will get you to your destination though.
Want to live here? Full time? Part time? When you retire?
Check out my friend Jose’s lots for sale at http://www.rancholobo.com. He’s got some great properties for sale right here in the Angel Valley Farm B&B area. He
Gravel being put in
Guilbert--our general contractor--The Boss!
also has a new development underway called Danza de Mariposas or “Butterfly Dances,” with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Nicoya, mountains and valleys. He’ll be putting up a web site soon and I’ll mention it in a future blog, but there is some preliminary information here: http://www.intertica.com/land/rancholobo4.htm
You could be our neighbor! We’ve got a great ex-pat community developing here with a diverse group of people from artists to former lawyers, engineers, social activists, and even a former airline manager . I always learn something new about Costa Rica, or about life in general from the group here!
Lunch with the Haskells---not!
On Saturday, my neighbors, Fernando and Maryellen, had me over for lunch along with George, our other neighbor, and his girl friend. Maryellen made an incredible Mexican soup with pork and chicken and a choice of toppings including cilantro, onions, hot sauce and lettuce. It was out of this world. Then for desert, we had pears in tequila!
No such thing, when with friends here, as a quick meal. I came at 1pm and didn’t leave until almost 4pm. It was raining hard anyways so it was a good way to spend the day. It was interesting lunch conversation with a mix of English and Spanish spoken. I’m happy that every day I am understand more and more Spanish. The problem is, though, I am not speaking it very well yet. However, as my vocabulary improves, I can at least make my wants, needs and intentions known!
Car Problem Solved….
Okay, I do feel somewhat ridiculous about the cause and solution to my problem with my car that I mentioned in the last blog. But, this is an honest blog so here goes. I was with my neighbor Paul today in the car today and mentioned the indicator light regarding the suspension/undercarriage of the car. Well, wouldn’t you know, he said that the car was in 4-wheel drive mode and that I needed to shift it back into regular drive! I have an automatic car with a stick for high and low 4x4. God, I feel dumb!! I didn’t even think of that!!
On that, note, I’m crawling back under the rock from which I came!
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