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That’s Fishin’- March 2015

Team Tranquilo

Team Tranquilo

By Sarah Munro

Welcome to the Promised Land. Well, more correctly, the promised sea. The fishing here off of the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is bar none, some of the best in the world. It attracts anglers of all types. Professionals, rookies, and bucket-list-crosser-off-ers. Consider me all of the above. Also consider me extremely lucky, for this past month, I’ve had some of the best fishing experiences of my life.

Firstly, if you’ve read my previous articles, you know about the boat Tranquilo. If you haven’t, Tranquilo is a 57’ Spencer Yacht, now registered for Sport Fishing Tours that has only previously been here as a competition tournament boat. So, lucky me being lucky me, I got to go out twice this month on Tranquilo, the first as a Photographer/Videographer during the first leg of the Los Suenos Triple Crown Tournament Series, and the second as a fun-day, breaking ‘billfish cherries’ per say.

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Stress is a Mess

By Todd Pequeen

Stress is a mess. It is a jumble of strange sleep patterns, worry, depression, and angst.  Many clients tell me that they have had “a lot of stress” and I always ask for more details. It is “in the details” that helps me to uncover how the mind has created tension and where it is hiding in the body.  Some people get so preoccupied with their own exhaustion that their thinking is unclear.  Muddled thoughts and confusion will drain a good night of sleep and root the next day into an energy deficit.  The cycle feeds on itself and that is why we must get to know and learn our stress.  Once we do we can put our self- care first and work towards being better to ourselves day in and day out.

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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

By Nancy Buchan

Throughout time we have learned our survival skills and our histories and how to make art and music from the older folks around us. The village elders. The tribal chiefs, the master craftsmen, the seasoned veterans. The verbal accounts from our forefathers that give us perspective. The musical traditions that have brought us together or have defined us regionally. Musicians have always been guided by the players or writers who came before – we learn from them that it is not the ability to play a flurry of complicated stuff that is important, but it’s the wisdom to play the right stuff. The skills that enable us to play with other musicians doesn’t just happen either, so most musicians end up being teachers to the less experienced players, whether it’s intentional or not. Unless you are reading notated music, like in an orchestra setting, it is necessary to invent your own parts to blend with and compliment the other musicians. It takes time to learn this. And a good dose of humility.

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Top 5 Ways to Build A Conscious Business and Lifestyle

group of participantsBy Amber Zuckswert

Get paid to do what you love? I know what you are thinking, “yeah, right! Maybe in another lifetime.” People who make that type of money are obviously born ridiculously talented and just so happen to be in the right place at the right time. Lucky souls who stumble into a dream lifestyle … right? Wrong. Okay maybe there are a rare few who just happen to make it big for no apparent reason, but the vast majority have spent their life doing more homework, working longer hours, jumping hurdle after hurdle, refusing to succumb to the naysayers of the universe, and developing a sharp self discipline.

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Tener = To have #1 (again)

By Os

¡Hola gente!  ¿Todo bien?  ¿Did you read my last ariticle?  It was bout the verb TO HAVE #1 in español.  TENER.  As it is a very, very important action word, today we’ll review what we learned last month…  Let’s start filling the following box.

TenER = TO ______ #

     I       you, s/he  
     we      y’all, they   

I hope these you filled it like this one:

TenER = TO have #1

I   tenGO you, s/he   tiene
we   tenEMOS y’all, they   tienen

Spanish Pura Vida

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The Great Room

The Great RoomBy Shelagh Duncan

It’s Great – because this is the place where everyone ends up!

So, move over kitchen – the great room has become a favorite gathering place in the house. Or is it the living room, or family room.

Whatever you call it, it’s a multifunctional room that provides space to lounge on a comfy sofa in front of the TV, find solace with a good book, watch the kids play, and enjoy good conversation.

For us, with our more casual lifestyle here, it has almost completely replaced the more formal living room. Now it can encompass all of the above, plus casual dining and work and study areas.

The Great Room was a big fad beginning in the 1980s with all the new home builders, and was usually in addition to the basement rec. room or rumpus room. It grew as an extension to the kitchen, where Mom could keep an eye on the kids (and the soaps perhaps), while preparing family meals.Royal Palm Interiors

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Kids Saving the Rainforest REVAMPED Wildlife Sanctuary Tour!

Baby sloth in a coffee cupWhat’s so different now?  The Wildlife Sanctuary Tour is from 9 AM until 12 Noon, everyday (except Tuesdays). We have extended the tour so you can now relax by the pool @ Blue Banyan Inn where the sanctuary is located.

Two of the biggest draws and it’s what people have requested: INLCUDES TRANSPORTATION and… drum roll please… YOU SEE A SLOTH!!! (Sloth will be seen from behind glass only.)

The tour will still include snacks/refreshments at the end and of course you get to see the following animals in the sanctuary: Spider Monkeys, White Faced Monkeys, Squirrel Monkeys, Tamarins, & Marmosets, Nocturnal Kinkajous (if they are awake), Parrots, Parakeets, Sloth & White Hawk (coming soon).

Minimum Suggested Donation per person: $60 for adults and $45 for children under 12, (3 and under), free.  All proceeds go toward the animals! Want to take a little memory of your visit with us? CHECK OUT the KSTR Store when the tour is over!  We have great sloth towels, monkey pillowcases and much more!

To book a tour contact us info@kstr.org for more information.
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Two New Children’s Books in Costa Rica

La Danta, Amaranta, The TapirBy Jim Parisi

Amaranta the tapir lives in Santa Rosa National Park in Guanacaste. She has a keen sense of smell and many friends there. Amaranta falls in love with Flavio, who loves her too. The parrots love teasing and encouraging them.

So begins the newest children’s story “La Danta Amaranta” from Pachanga Kids in San Jose. The story is printed in Spanish and English, side-by-side, as are all the books from this publisher. The illustrations by Fabiana Obando are wonderful, colorful, playful. The storyline gently offers geographic, ecological and historic lessons along the way. For example, did you know that the tapir is a cousin to the rhinoceros, or that it has a trunk like an elephant, hooves similar to those of pigs & hair like a horse?
Jaime Peligro Books and Music
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What on Earth is a Chiropterologist

Vampyrum spectrum - False Vampire Bat

Vampyrum spectrum – False Vampire Bat

By Jack Ewing

“Would this be a good place to put the net?” I asked Otto. “You said you wanted an open path through the jungle.” I stepped into the shallow water of the narrow stream. “I can take one end of the net to the other side and hold it while you secure this end. Then you can join me.”

Otto hesitated. “Is there anything in this water that will hurt you,” he asked in heavily accented English.

“There are caimans and crocodiles” I replied, “but with all the noise we’ve been making they’re probably all gone by now.”

“No, no,” he exclaimed, “I mean little animals that live in the water.”

“Not that I know of. We walk through this water all the time and have never had any problems.”

Finally he agreed to string the mist net across the stream, but was extremely careful not to get water inside of his rubber boots. The natural corridor formed by the stream was a good choice. Over the next hour we captured five different species of bats in the net, including one bulldog bat.

Hacienda Baru

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Jumpstart 2015 in Inmaculada, Costa Rica

Jumpstart 2015By Katherine Stanley Obando, Academic Director, JumpStart Costa Rica

La Inmaculada is a community located just outside of Quepos Center along the southwestern coast of Costa Rica. Along with its surrounding neighborhoods, La Inmaculada houses close to 3,000 residents whom work within the Quepos community. While there are small business throughout that have historically generated income for the community, tourism is now crucial to the survival of families, located just 20 minutes away from Manuel Antonio National Park. In a town that suffers with social problems such as drug use – 50% of the elementary school student population reports witnessing drug use daily – and prostitution, along with child sexual exploitation running awry, La Inmaculada is a community that could tremendously benefit from English speaking opportunities like JumpStart Costa Rica for its youth.

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – March 2015

Cover March 2015Bienvenidos/Welcome to March in beautiful Quepos/Manuel Antonio…we hope you enjoy and love Costa Rica and particularly Quepolandia as much as we do! You have chosen the best part to visit… with our beautiful beach and our famous ManuelAntonio Nat’l Park just for starters! To help with your tours give 1st time advertiser, Nicolás of CR Naturalmente Verde Tours a call & please mention that you saw his ad in Quepolandia. We have every tour you can think of and the best operators that always put your safety first. We also have World Class Sportfishing with an awesome charter fleet just waiting to take you out for the catch of a lifetime! You can catch up on your favorite NCAA basketball teams during “March Madness” at the Double Hook Bar & Grill in Quepos or at the beach with Hawg ‘n’ Bill…no doubt there will be green beer or a St. Patrick’s Day party somewhere so keep an eye out – we seldom let an opportunity to party pass us by…whether you live here or just visiting if computer problems come along just drop by our friends at Tecsa Computers and they can help you out- see their ad for contact info…continuing with the business info…do stop by the brand new carneceria (butcher shop) Meat House for awesome selections of meat, seafood & more….we have also been paying close attention to the progress on the new home of Mini Price Store….it won’t be long now so stay tuned! This about wraps it up for this month…drive friendly, watch the riptide at the beach, keep an eye on your “stuff” and just go out have a great time…come see us again soon and follow us you can follow us on line here and on facebook.com/Quepolandia…we always welcome your comments just don’t be too hard on us! This issue marks the 6th Anniversary for me with Quepolandia and I couldn’t have done it without my great designer/layout expert Paul…….a huge thank you to all our advertisers, writers and loyal readers………..ciao for now…………P

Tico Talk – February 2015

tico-talk-headerHola queridos amigos de Tico Talk.

En esta edición, aprenderemos a usar el Pronombre Relativo “Que”. Suele pasar que se quiere tener una conversación fluida y de repente no se sabe como unir ideas relacionadas y evitar la reiteración.

QUE es una pequeña palabra para relacionar dos ideas diferentes sobre una misma cosa. También tiene la función de introducir algo que pensamos, creemos, opinamos o sabemos.

La lámpara está sobre la mesa. La lámpara está sucia.
La lámpara que esta sobre la mesa está sucia.
Los invitamos a practicar un poquito, combinando las oraciones que se le dan a continuación con QUE.

1. La mujer está con mi prima. La mujer tiene un carro verde.

2. El muchacho esta en cama. Él está muy enfermo.

3. La biblioteca tiene una colección muy importante. La biblioteca esta cerca de mi escuela.

4. Los alumnos tienen un examen mañana. Están muy tensos.

5. Los pantalones están sucios. Son de algodón.


Les motivamos a escribir sus ejemplos originales y enviárnoslos
a nuestro correo electrónico. Serán corregidos por alguna de nuestras profesoras.

Fiddlin’ Around – February 2015

Kim's paintingBy Nancy Buchan

We all know folks who fall into the category of ‘over achievers’. Those annoying people who can balance their checkbook, change the oil in their car, bathe the dog, jog a mile, mend a pair of pants, weed their garden, remember their aunt’s birthday and call her on time, fix a gourmet breakfast for four and do yoga – all before I’ve managed to make a decent cup of coffee and stop growling. I absolutely hate comparing myself to these folks who are able to pay such attention to the millions of issues and details we face every day, and I could never live with any of them….and how do they do it all anyway? Well, mostly they have better discipline, better organizational skills, better focus and they are ‘self-starters’ who have probably been that way all their lives. It’s not that they are driven to succeed exactly – but they are driven to be organized and to do things instead of lying in a hammock reading science fiction or sitting on a log contemplating the sunset. Now, don’t get me wrong – hammock time and thoughtful contemplation have their own importance – hence the saying “Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.” But on a practical level even I have to admit that things go better if I make a list before going to the store, or if I’m stopped by the cops and I actually have an up to date marchama or haven’t let my passport expire…

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A Window Into The Soul

AmberBy Amber Zuckswert

I’ve been wanting to share this for quite sometime now, but am just formulating the words to express my immense GRATITUDE for four sacred ceremonies I experienced over the last year.

After a few years of extensive research, documentary watching, and listening to friends phenomenal experiences, I joined my first Ayahuasca plant medicine ceremony with a local shaman at Posada Natura retreat center in Londres, just outside of Quepos. Nestled in the heart of the rainforest with a group of friends.

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Why Use a Pre-Designed Furniture Package in Costa Rica?

A selection of furniture packages

A selection of furniture packages

By Shelagh Duncan

What is the better option: searching for yourself, or having a group of professionals guide you through a hassle-free process so you arrive at you new home with everything ready for you?

More and more people who come into the store these days are asking about our pre-designed furniture packages. They are building, (or planning on building) a home and have decided that is the simpler way to go. With the stress of all the building decisions and issues, knowing that when their home is finished they can actually start enjoying right away is a big plus.
Royal Palm Interiors

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