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That’s Fishin’ August 2015

Sarah and roosterfishThis is my favorite time of year here. The rains have come back, essentially cooling things off a bit and making everything super green again. Plants are flowering and fruiting, and we should soon see an overabundance of baby animals. In the ocean, whales are returning on their migratory paths, and we shall soon see them playing right out front of Manuel Antonio.

Costa Rica is exceptional. Manuel Antonio has no rival. The diversity of flora and fauna here are unlike any other in the world. National Geographic rates our beach as one of the 10 most beautiful in the world.

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¡No más miedo al Subjuntivo! (PARTE III)

tico-talk-headerEn la anterior edición, les dimos a conocer el segundo uso para el Presente de Subjuntivo; emoción, sorpresa, temor, esperanza o extrañeza. Por eso, en este caso trabajaremos el tercer uso. Esperamos que hayan practicado los dos usos anteriores, los cuales vimos que no son difíciles como se piensa.

Uso #3: Se usa el Presente del Subjuntivo con verbos y adverbios que expresan duda o inseguridad.

verbos adverbios

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Do This and Don’t Do That

By Todd Pequeen

Rules. You shall, you will, you must. This particular word has always been curious to me. By simple definition it is a regulation or law. In old French it is riule, ancient Latin regulare, but no matter when or where in the world some people choose to obey them, others not at all. Parents try to establish rules in their house with their offspring and governments try to control their citizens by giving authoritative decisions. I have always agreed with my mother’s opinion that one must know and learn the rules before you can break them. Isn’t that a rule in itself….rules are made to be broken? Animal lovers are fantastic at making up rules in accordance to their own self interests. I see leash-less dogs daily and find it nearly impossible to go for a jog without returning home with some do-do in my tread. It’s funny that here in Manuel Antonio some visitors feel that rules don’t apply, for example feeding the monkeys. Why would anyone give food to a wild animal? Would they do that in Africa? Rules for conduct of behavior has become very popular over time, it seems to me that we all have different ideas on what is right or wrong. We all appear to see situations differently culturally and personally.

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Decorating in the Mediterranean Style

By Shelagh Duncan

Okay, so you have your new home and now you have to furnish it. Or, you have purchased a house with some furniture and want a fresh look: whatever the reason, if you are looking for a unique and pretty way to furnish your home, consider the Mediterranean Style.

Mediterranean images

Because the area is so diverse, you will have a multitude of looks from which to choose. The furniture is as eclectic as the region. Very few types of design style can offer the rare combination of exotic looks and rustic simplicity that have come to define the Mediterranean style.

Royal Palm Interiors

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A Musical Journey in Costa Rica

SoluneBy Jim Parisi

Steph Solune is a well-known Costa Rican DJ who incorporates World Music into his mix. Born in France, Solune moved to Costa Rica several years ago. He enjoys taking chances and exploring new realms. He is also a man of diverse ideas. His newest side-project, “Costa Rica: Cuaderno de Viaje – Travel Diary” is Steph’s personal notebook during his travels. It combines Costa Rican images with his own words in book form, along with a musical CD of Costa Rican musicians that represent a broad spectrum of the wealth and breadth of musical genres that this relatively small country has to offer. The musical styles on the disc range from cumbia to reggae and calypso to Guanacastecan folkloric to Garifuna and even some Latin funk. The music offers an interesting geographic panorama that demonstrates the regional sounds of Costa Rica as the book travels from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music
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A Fond Farewell to Our Friend Karyn O’Bryan

Those we love, don’t go away,
they walk beside us, every day.
Unseen, unheard, but always here,
still loved, still missed, still very dear.

Sjoerd, Shirin & Stijn – The Netherlands

Karyn O'BrienKaryn O’Bryan was special. Someone told me they had known Karyn only a short time but it seemed like they had been friends for many years. I understood what she meant because the first time I met Karyn she made me feel so at ease that it was like talking to a long lost friend, even though I knew nothing about her at the time.

I judge a person more by what I see than what I hear. What I saw in Karyn was a person who exuded charm and charisma whether she was in a social setting with many people, or just talking with you one on one. She had a great sense of humor and was just fun to hang out with. In Quepos we are a family and Karyn was an important part of that family and I as well as everyone in this town who knew her feel a deep loss. She was usually my teammate when we played trivia on Thursday nights and I will probably think of her every time I play in the future.

It is a shame but it seems like the good ones are always the first to go and Karyn O’Bryan was truly one of the good ones. I will miss you mi amiga. Charles Stark – Quepos
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Jan (Juanita) Page

Friends remember Jan (Juanita) Page

Juanita“Jan loved her little town of Quepos. Jan will be missed and remembered by those who knew her and loved her in their own way. She attended  Kansas State University obtaining a degree in Spanish, go figure. After a few years working Jan received a master degree in business from Avala University Kansas City Missouri.  In en la paz mi Hermana” Steve Richards (brother)

“In my 17 seasons  in Quepos/Manuel Antonio I have known Juanita in many roles—first as proprietor of the laundry, then as a drinking buddy at Tio Fernando’s bar — she would arrive first after the laundry closed at five, talk to Carlos the bartender–then Pierre would come, then the rest of our gang—lots of joyous evenings that cemented friendships. For many years  we played cards together—Hand and Foot at Randy and Klaus’ on Sunday afternoon, bridge at Dos Locos on Tuesday. I came to admire Juanita’s courage—courage in coming to Costa Rica as a middle aged woman alone and establishing  a life for herself, a life she enjoyed and  lived according to her own standards. She certainly showed great courage in the way she dealt with serious illness these past two or three years. I’ll  particularly miss her at Dos Locos on Tuesday at noon!” Ira Hayes

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