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Spanish Sucks by Os¡Hola amigos!  ¿How are you guys doing?  With this issue I am accomplishing my article number 50!!!!!  I remember when I said to myself:  “When I accomplish fifty articles I am gonna write an e-book”.  Well, it’s on my list now…

50th lesson!Today, I am gonna share with you some of the links of some of the most inspirational TED Talks I have watched about learning languages.

Some of them have influenced me and/or my methodology of teaching, some of them (quite my favorite ones) have changed my point of view about learning languages and/or why to learn languages.  ANY LANGUAGE.

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That’s Fishin’ – July 2016

Fishing on the Good Day

Fishing on the Good Day

By Sarah Munro

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. This is the promised land of fishing. I remember my first few trips to Guanacaste, Costa Rica. I was always disappointed. Where was the green? Where was the epic bite that we heard of? Through a friend, I found the right spot and changed my plans to come here, 4 years ago. Of course my first trip included days on the water, and that’s all it took. Three months later, I had moved here. People always ask, why did you move here? The answer is always the same—for the fishing.

It’s in my blood, my DNA, my soul if you will. There are very few places on earth that you can go out and catch the diversity of fish species that you can here. It’s truly amazing. Our season is year round; you just have to switch up your game to get the fish. Recently, local boat, Chloe Frijole of Tranquilo Charters went out with Captain Roy and bagged a 50 lb. snook and 60 lb. Sea bass. I was out tuna fishing this past month with Benn on the Good Day and we brought in over 160lbs of tuna in 2 hours. The tuna bite has been AWESOME and EXTENDED this year, and I’m sure you’ll see lots of tuna specials in local restaurants.

WANT EVEN BETTER?  Well, have you heard of FADs?

The bird and the sea.

The bird and the sea.

FAD: A fish aggregating device is a man-made object used to attract ocean going pelagic fish such as marlin, tuna and mahi mahi. They usually consist of buoys or floats tethered to the ocean floor with concrete blocks. Over 300 species of fish gather around fads. (Wikipedia)

YUP. So it’s FAD season right now. Get excited. Very EXCITED. Because when you charter a boat to go out to the FADs it gets EPIC. Like the kind of epic that inspired Hemingway. It really is The Man and The Sea out there. Can you imagine up to 30 marlin bites a day all while whales, dolphins, birds, turtles swarm in the waters? I can’t imagine how tired my entire body would be. One day soon, I’ll be taking a magical FAD trip and then you’ll all follow suit. Or maybe, you might beat me to it, live out your fish dreams in style, friends.

There’s been a lot going on this past month, and it’s only going to heat up hard. Snook and Sardines have been plentiful, and when I went out with Roy Zapata, we brought in several inshore meat-fish, and had a blast while doing so. I caution you if you’re going out fishing inshore on the river mouths during the rainy season—always check the surf and tidal reports as it can get dangerous. I’ve heard of a local boat that got flipped in the waves. You can never be too careful. While inshore fishing along river mouths it’s always important to keep your eyes open for Crocodiles as well, the Parrita River population is booming and there were 2 attacks on humans this past year there.



I’m very much looking forward to heading out fishing the FAD this season and having my own type of Hemingway Experience. It’ll be awesome I’m sure; I never fail to have my mind blown when I go out on the water here. It’s a truly special, diverse place and there’s nothing that clears my head the way that being on the water does. It’s like going home for me, feeling the sway of the water under my feet, the horizon disappearing into another world. And in one of those moments, you’re lucky enough to have a whale breach the boat beside you and crash down, then you’ll have had your Hemingway moment too. There is no going back from that moment either, welcome to your new lifestyle.

It’s part of the wonderful life here that every person who visits should experience. It’s world-class fishing, with world-class boats and crews that offer some of the best experiences of a lifetime. Be sure to check out any of the boats that I mentioned in this article, I only share people I believe to be very top of their class in fishing. Just tell them I sent you!

Jackpot Sportfishing – Benn – 8458 4997
Tranquilo Charters – Amanda – 6208 7620

You can keep up with me on my Facebook page: fb/sarahjanemunro and if you’re looking for a referral or just want to share your fishing photos there, I’d appreciate it!!! Tight lines and live your fish dreams!

Design Wise – July 2016

Lighting by Shelagh Duncan

“Light is the first element of design; without it there is no color, form, or texture.”  Thomas E. Farin – educator, lighting consultant, entrepreneur

Dining roomLighting is such an important part of our lives, and one we take for granted most of the time. For me, I love lighting fixtures. They are like jewellery for the home!

Visually, light fixtures can add style to your home, and in practical terms the lighting you choose can effectively alter the mood or ambience of a room.

We have many lighting choices available that will add that special something to a room, and make it feel complete. Lighting options range from the edgy Industrial style, to sleek Modern and Contemporary styles, and from Rustic fixtures to the latest On-Trend designs.
Royal Palm Interiors

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Quite the Contrary

By Todd Pequeen

I expand my possibilities in life by cultivating the opposite in myself. When I was young I did not have much choice. As an adult I do, and so I use my free will to be the antagonist from within. I understand that no matter how correct I think my decisions are, or how black and white a situation seems, there are always shades of grey or layers of circumstance that I may be unaware of. This requires humility beyond the four decades of lessons I have learned. A set frame of mind can be my own worst enemy. Cultivating the opposite moves my life towards the pursuit of liberation. Freedom from all lesser pursuits (that often revolve around money, food, sex, and power) can be greatly empowering. The value of seeking change and enlightenment enriches my days beyond what I have previously dreamed.

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Fiddlin’ Around – July 2016


By Nancy Buchan

Rarely are health issues or our physical or mental well-being topics for songwriters or poets. We all know that life isn’t fair, that there is no justice in the world, and as Jim Morrison said, “No one here gets out alive!” Well, I did know a lawyer once who named his golden retriever ‘Justice’, just so he could feel like he had some in his life I guess. And why is it folks are always saying they’re sick as a dog? Even Aerosmith has a rocker with that title, though I’m not real sure what they’re singing about. “Sick as a dog, what’s your story? Sick as a dog, umm, cat got your tongue? Sick as a dog, you’ll be sorry—Sick as a dog, cause you really ain’t that young.” But most of the time songwriters stay clear of those gloomy and dire medical themes, universal though they may be. Of course there are always tasteless exceptions, like ACDC’s song The Jack, where they are really talking about getting the clap, or Joe Jackson’s blunt song Everything Gives You Cancer. Ted Nugent, who is often inappropriate, has a song called Cat Scratch Fever, Led Zeppelin put out a song in 1975 called Sick Again, and Van Halen sang Somebody Get Me a Doctor. New Orleans R & B artist Huey ‘piano’ Smith wrote a rollicking catchy tune called Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu in 1957, which was later a hit for Johnny Rivers. “I wanna jump but I’m afraid I’ll fall—I wanna holler but the joint’s too small. Young man’s rhythm’s got a hold of me too—I got the rockin’ pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu”. 

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Releasing Orphaned Sloths Back into the Rainforest

An adult female wild 3-toed sloth eating near the soft release site.

An adult female wild 3-toed sloth eating near the soft release site.

By Sam Trull

Sometimes people ask us why and how we release orphaned sloths and why are they orphaned in the first place.  We believe sloths deserve a second chance to be wild and that preventing harm to wild sloths from human encroachment is a priority. Here is our philosophy on this very important subject.

Why release? How do we know that they are ‘fit’ to live in the wild again? How do we know they deserve to live in the wild and weren’t rejected from their mothers for a reason? Are we playing god?

We aren’t playing god and we aren’t changing the natural evolutionary process that sloths have mastered over millions of years. Sloths require rescuing, in the first place, because of human encroachment on their natural habitat. Our goal is to right the wrongs that have been placed upon these wild populations. In Manuel Antonio we have witnessed, on many occasions, human disturbances causing separation from mom. Loud noises from a chain saw that cause mom to retreat to a part of the tree that baby can’t follow; tree trimming while a mom and baby duo were in the tree that caused baby to fall; dog attacking mother but baby surviving. These are just a few of the obvious reasons babies can be separated from their mothers. But there are also less obvious factors from the change in the availability of natural resource, all caused from human encroachment to their environment. It may sometimes be natural for mothers to abandon babies but those unfortunate creatures who are born with lethal defects are more likely to not survive being rescued nor are they likely to survive the rehab process. The rehab process is not easy and it’s not a guarantee of survival. Sloths still need to be relatively ‘fit’ in order to successfully conquer the hardships of captivity.
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Battling with the Africanized Bees

My struggle with what has been called the most successful biologically invasive species ever to plague the western hemisphere.

By Jack Ewing

beeHacienda Barú Lodge has been in operation since 1990, and I thought that I had experienced all of the problems that could possibly confront a hotel manager. That was until one warm March evening in 2012 when a swarm of africanized bees invaded one of our guest rooms. The guests had returned to their room about 6:30 pm and found it full of bees. The first hotel employee they encountered was the guard who they told about the problem. He went to see for himself and called the office on his radio.

“There are a lot of bees in #24” he told me.

“How many is a lot?” I asked, “10, 20, 50?”

“Oh no, lots more; I mean that there are 1000’s of bees in #24.”

“I’ll be right there,” I said, and headed out the door.

Hacienda Baru

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