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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – May-June 2016

May - June 2016 coverBienvenidos/Welcome to our little corner of beautiful Costa Rica we are happy to have you visiting….we have had one of the hottest summers anyone can remember. If you see us out dancing in the rain just join in as we really need the rain to put the green back in our rainforest! Look for afternoon and evening showers and enjoy as they won’t slow down you fun! We have all the great tours available for your enjoyment from white water rafting to zip lines and now new to our pages is the EcoTram tour at Hacienda Baru. The tram is the first of its kind in Costa Rica and provides you with your own personal tram car to tour the rainforest at your own speed…you are able to stop it, rotate and back up for better views all under your own control! Wow what a great way to see the animals and birds of the rainforest….Hacienda Baru is about 20mins south of Quepos just before Dominical..check out their ad for details on page 2. We would also like to welcome Skydive Costa Rica to Quepolandia…for all you daredevils and thrill seekers here’s your chance to jump tandem with a qualified expert and really take in the view! See their ad on pg 11—for all the details. We would like to thank John Westgard of Mono Azul in MA for our great cover shot…the adorable coatimundi making its first debut on the cover of Quepolandia…thanks John! Time flies it seems as here it is Miss Virginia Utley’s birthday again on May 20th. We are wishing the Queen of Quepos a very Happy 94th Birthday! Party on girlfriend- we love you! …new hours at Mira Olas @ Hotel Kamuk 6am-10 & 5pm-10pm and now Happy Hour everyday from 5-7pm with a great sunset view! That about wraps it up for our two month issue so we will see you back here in July…have a wonderful stay and tell your friends about us…follow us on facebook.com/Quepolandia and here  …now get out and have some fun…..ciao………P

See you at the PAWS fundraiser June 25 Runaway Grill Marina Pez Vela! 5-9

The 20/80 Rule.  PARTE I

Spanish Sucks by Os

Imagine that with only 20% of vocabulary you could be able to handle 80% of normal conversations.  Imagine that instead of trying to memorize 1000 words; 200 would be enough.  Imagine that instead of learning and conjugating 100 verbs; 20 would be sufficient.

Well, that’s what the experts call the 20/80 Rule.

Today, I am going to present a list of some of the most common words in Spanish.
Spanish Pura Vida

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Quite the Contrary

By Todd Pequeen

I expand my possibilities by cultivating the opposite in myself. When I was young I did not have much choice. As an adult I do, 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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Education at Kids Saving the Rainforest

Janine & Aislin, 9 years old

Janine & Aislin, 9 yrs old

By William Westwood, Educational Intern

Hi, my name is Will and I’m here to tell you all about Kids Saving the Rainforest and the fantastic educational programs that we are currently running.

Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR) began in 1999 in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica when Janine Licare and Aislin Livingstone were 9 years old. Janine and Aislin saw the rainforest disappearing from their beloved home and the negative impact it had on the animals, particularly the squirrel (mono titi) monkeys. They were kids who were inspired to save the precious rainforest and thus, Kids Saving the Rainforest was born!

Now, 17 years later, KSTR operates a variety of projects, including: reforestation, installation and maintenance of monkey bridges, a wildlife rehabilitation clinic and terrific educational programs.Kids Saving the Rainforest Logo
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Wild Animals are Smarter than We Think

A Glimpse of Intelligence and Adaptability in Tropical Nature

by Jack Ewing

Great Tinamou

Great Tinamou

The Jungle Chicken

The great tinamou, called gallina de monte or jungle chicken in Spanish, looks like a grouse. With great effort it can fly, but not far or high. When you are walking through the jungle and a horrible ruckus that scares you out of your wits erupts from the base of nearby tree, it is almost certainly a tinamou. The interesting thing about these chicken-sized, gray colored birds is that they don’t always startle easily. At Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge we discovered years ago that we can use them as a barometer to indicate the prevalence of poachers in the reserve. When lots of illegal hunting is going on the tinamous are very skittish and will take to flight at the slightest provocation. Although the poachers are usually after paca or peccary they will kill the great tinamou as well. On the other hand, after several months without being shot at, they become very tame. I have seen them walking along no more than three of four meters away from people who are hiking through the jungle. What amazes me about this is that the change in their behavior takes place within a short period of time. They apparently learn quickly when people are a threat to them and when not.

Hacienda Baru

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Vietnamese Green Papaya Salad

Chef's Corner logoBy Desiree Brassert

This salad is sold as a refreshing snack in the street stalls of Saigon and goes well with beer.


  • One small green papaya—I just ask a neighbor if I can pluck one off their tree!
  • One packet of beef jerky, finely cut with scissors –Jack links have finally arrived in Quepos, but other brands are fine
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts or other nut of your preference
  • Handful of chopped cilantro leaves

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From Rocks to Recliners  –  The History of Upholstery

By Shelagh Duncan

Egyptian couch

Egyptian couch

One of the things we learn early on in CR is that Tico chairs and sofas leave a lot to be desired in the comfort department. The mattress, chair and sofa are the most important pieces in your home. They are where you will spend most of your time typically, and so they need to provide good quality and comfort. But a comfortable, upholstered piece of furniture wasn’t always an option.

When did we humans stop sitting around in the dirt or on a convenient rock and start wanting the comfort of something better? Well, nothing happened fast in the  history of mankind but about the time Stonehenge was being erected and we were just beginning to work with bronze, the people of ancient  Egypt were already enjoying their leisure time with semi-comfortable furniture.  If you had the prestige, power and ‘purse’ to allow some leisure, then there were animal hair-stuffed cushions, fine fabrics draped across daybeds and gilded and decorated chairs to offer relaxation.
Royal Palm Interiors

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