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There have been some unexpected and odd changes in our little part of the jungle since this whole pandemic thing started. Especially with our feathered friends the birds. Six different types of birds were hanging together peacefully in the tree next to my porch the other day instead of squabbling with each other. Lately a bunch of scarlet macaws have taken up residency here in Dominical, and while they are quite beautiful, they are also incredibly loud and obnoxious. But they clearly love to talk to each other. It seems all our local critters have been affected. According to the folks who monitor such things, there are now 4 times as many little baby turtles making it across the treacherous beaches to launch themselves into the ocean. We’ve had a rare kinkajou hanging out in town recently, monkeys venturing into parts of Dominical where they have never ventured before and a couple of crocs lurking around the mouth of the river. My friend Linda has seen mountain lions – pumas – on the trail cam by her house and I can clearly hear the ocean from my bed and the soft sounds of night time in the jungle.

Few cars. Even fewer noisy semi-trucks. No tourists, so no car alarms or late night disco or techno crap drowning out the natural sounds. No kids singing the national anthem at the school next door…. But, there are no music gigs, the bartenders and chefs and tour guides and teachers are out of work and everyone seems to blame the other guys

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Can Paint Really Make You Happier?

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Design wise logoWe all know that we are a better person when we’re calm and happy. Being happy these days however, is a challenge to say the least.

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a significant emotional and psychological effect on people from all walks of life and in every affected country. The effects on the most exposed groups, like health workers, can even lead to post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as severe anxiety, depression, and other symptoms of distress.

3 painted roomsThe social distancing and isolation have affected us and we all feel stress and anxiety in one way or another. We feel powerless and things can seem out-of-control.

Maybe it’s time to say “enough” and take some responsibility to try and control our micro environment – our homes. Our homes should be a refuge – not a jail, so why not turn our homes into feel-good spaces?

With a mood-altering coat of paint we can do wonders. “Colour is so influential in relation to how a room feels, therefore it can easily affect our mood and behaviour,” says Dulux colour expert Andrea Lucena-Orr. “As soon as you enter a room that’s bright or has a certain positive essence, you can’t help but feel uplifted and reinvigorated.”

Research by The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne scientifically proves that different colours on walls can strongly influence a range of emotions. They can make us feel relaxed and calm, or cheerful and excited, while the wrong colour scheme can make us bored, sad, tense and even irritated.

Colour, of course is a fundamental building block of interior design, but beyond imagining how colours will look together and work in your home, it’s important to consider how they make you feel.

Colour psychology is the theory that colours can affect how you feel, think and act. For example, deep red hues are associated with passion and energy, whereas cool blue shades are considered calming and serene.

Here are some tips on how to use colours to set the right mood in your home, and try painting just one accent wall to see a big difference!

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Spanish Sucks – January 2021

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Baklava

Chef's corner headerRecords of this ancient Greek pastry date back to 300 BC. Today it is still a most beloved sweet treat throughout many Mediterranean countries and beyond.

The nutritional benefits from nuts and honey, along with low-calorie filo dough make this a very healthy dessert that is surprisingly easy to put together. The best filo dough for this recipe can be found at BM and should be paper-thin from the Filo Factory brand, white or whole wheat kinds work great.

Baklava sliceIngredients

For a 9X13 baking pan and approximately 20 portions

  • 16oz filo dough
  • 500 grams of nuts of your choice (walnuts, almonds, shelled pistachios, hazelnuts, pecans)
  • 1/4 cup of ground pistachios or other nut for garnish
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 and 1/2 to 2 sticks of unsalted butter, melted (vegan option: use coconut oil)

For honey syrup

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • 1 cup of honey (vegan option: agave nectar)
  • 1 inch strip orange or lime peel
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice

Baklava in the panInstructions

  1. Make syrup by melting sugar in water under low heat and adding the peel, cloves, cinnamon and simmer for 20 minutes until fragrant. Add lime juice and simmer for 5 more minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Place nuts in food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Mix with sugar, powdered cinnamon, powdered cloves and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F degrees (or 175C).
  4. Generously butter the 9X13 baking pan.
  5. Assemble the baklava by brushing melted butter between each layer of filo and layering one third of sheets onto bottom of pan (each filo sheet folded in half should fit perfectly inside the pan). Cover with 1/2 mixture of nuts and repeat layering the next third of filo sheets brushing melted butter between each layer. Cover with final 1/2 of the nut mixture and finish the filo and brush melted butter in between layers until there are none left.
  6. Cut diamond shapes with a sharp knife before baking just like in photo. The knife doesn’t need to go all the way to bottom.
  7. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes until golden on top and a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Once cooked it is very important to slowly pour the syrup on top immediately while cake is hot (you should hear a delightful crackling sound). Sprinkle the tops with the ground pistachios or any other garnish of your choice.
  9. The baklava should sit for a while before serving. It has a long shelf life and can even be frozen.

50 MARVELOUS YEARS IN COSTA RICA

Jack and Diane

On December 13, 1970 when my wife Diane, our 4-year-old daughter Natalie, and I, accompanied on our flight by 37 head of cattle, arrived at El Coco International Airport (SJO) on a DC 6 four-engine propeller plane, we thought that we would be staying for four months, the duration of my work contract. We never dreamed that on December 13, 2020 we would be celebrating 50 years in Costa Rica.
The country where we had landed had a population of less than two million and was considered to be part of the Third World. The Central Bank had reserves of less than one million dollars. The exchange rate was ¢6.63 colones per $1.00 dollar. Not knowing anything about the money, or anything else, I went to a bakery to buy a loaf of bread and paid with a ¢50 colon bill, but they didn’t have change for a huge bill like that. The price of the bread was 50 centimos. To make a call from a public phone, you had to put a peseta, a 25 centimo coin, in the slot, dial your number, wait for the peseta to drop, and start talking.

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GERMINATE

Welcome back to the Quepolandia. What a breath of fresh air! In 20 years of writing for this publication I have never been edited or advised on a topic. My writing meanderings have been, some would say, all over the road. My original Health is Wealth column, followed by the current Memoirs scribbles in which you are reading now, have always been opinions, observations, and desires for our awesome jungle living, beach going, sunset watching community. However we now live in a peculiar new world that has taken everyone by surprise and YES, we have finally reached 2021. My editor and chief Mr. Dave Bolger finally interjected in my writing process and had one simple direction for me to run with this month. “Please make it positive,” was all he said. In mid-March our community, and a large part of the world, was wrung up with a collective noose which continues to cinch our realities today. It is time to reignite the best part of being human which is simply living in the gift of life which is today.


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That’s Fishin’- January 2021

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Welcome to the January installment of That’s Fishin and from the entire SportMan holding a doradofishing community here in Quepos, a huge Happy New Year from our family to yours, we are delighted to have you here with us and hope to see you on the water!

Whilst COVID lockdowns seemed to give the entire planet a well needed rest, we certainly saw the results closer to home in our fishery. Casting our minds back to May, June, & July of 2020, while Costa Rican borders were closed and there was very little pressure on the ocean, we experienced what was simply the best Sailfish bite we have seen in Quepos for some years. Recalling one trip aboard my boat GOOD DAY, we released 26 Sailfish, 2 Wahoo, and a handful of Tuna. Now that was one heck of a day for sure but the crazy thing was, boats were going out and catching those kinds of numbers on a daily basis! For 3 years running now we have had an excellent ‘off season’ bite happening May-July, we are hoping it happens again this year and if you love fishing, it is definitely worth considering a trip back here during those months to see if it happens again.

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Kids Saving the Rainforest – January 2021

KSTR LogoWelcome back Quepolandia Readers and Welcome Spokeskid Dani!

Quepolandia being up and running is the sign that life will get back to normal!!

Kids Saving the Rainforest has been working like crazy to stay open since the last time we wrote.

KSTR has made sure that the wildlife came first and our human crew sacrificed a lot. Financially KSTR could only pay 50% of salaries and many worked more than full time just to be sure the wildlife didn’t suffer from the consequences Covid-19. Help us re-open our rescue center, by following Dani’s great suggestions below.

DaniHello Quepolandia! My name is Dani, and I will be your new Spokeskid for Kids Saving the Rainforest! I am 7 years old, and this is my first article—I hope you enjoy it.

Before we talk about KSTR, a little about me: I love animals! My favorite kind of animal is a horse. We have 2 dogs at home, Dozer (a pound puppy who is now 11 years old), and Tiny (a French Bulldog puppy who is 6 months old). My favorite animal native to Costa Rica is the Howler Monkey, because I like how big they are. For hobbies, I like to surf, do gymnastics, horseback riding, and I love to bake.

If you’re new to KSTR, it’s a place where we keep wildlife in our Sanctuary that could not return back to the wild due to injuries or permanent medical issues that need care. But our goal is to always release them back into the wild. 

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What’s Shaking @ Marina Pez Vela – January 2021

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HALLELUJAH! AMEN!! PURA VIDA AND ADIOS 2020!!

While we can’t speak for the entire world, I think it is safe to say that never has a new year been welcome with as much hope, excitement, and communal sense of “good riddance” to the year we are leaving behind! 2020 was a challenge for the entire world and the family at the Marina, we are incredibly proud to have been a beacon of hope for our collaborators, our boat owners, and community at large. While 2020 was a year to endure for so many in our community, the hardest of times also brings out the BEST in us all as individuals, as a community, and as a project. Seeing the generosity, entrepreneurial spirit, resiliency, and love in our community has made us all remember just why it is we have chosen to live or visit this magical part of the world, and to be thankful during this 2021 ahead for the blessings which are part of anyone lucky enough to be reading this magazine and our updates.
 
So, onward and upward and there is PLENTY to be excited about in this fresh start in 2021.

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – January 2021

January 2021 coverBienvenidos…Welcome 2021. We are so pleased for the New Year and getting back to normal, even if it’s a new one. 2020 showed us how fragile life can be and to be thankful. Not to take life for granted. Everyday is a gift, so today open the day with an adventure of your life.

Life is what you do…. Live it

Our magazine is filled with the best the area has to offer. Try something new this year. Our sport fishing is stronger than ever. Whether it’s onshore or offshore Marina Pez Vela has everything you need to catch your dream and an incredible sunset with delicious cocktails, not to mention some of the best ice cream at Gelateria Amorosi. Want to party like a rockstar? Then get to Marina Pez Vela January16-17 to kick off the Sport fishing Tournament season for the 5th Annual Pelagic Rockstar Tournament. Always a Great time.

Experience zip lining or explore the jungle canopy with Titi Canopy or Hacienda Barù. Want a great way to explore the waterfalls, Nauyaca Waterfall Nature Park provides the best way to enjoy these amazing falls. Just chillin at the beach try parasailing with Aguas Azules. You could also hike some of the most beautiful National Parks in the world. The wildlife has been waiting for you. Looking for the bowl games and the NFL action, Jolly Roger has them on the big screens along with awesome wings and live music. So get out there and let Pura Vida lifestyle set the pace for an INCREDIBLE 2021.

We want to thank Real Media Ninja for our Mermaid cover. We are always looking for great cover shot so send your best shots to info@quepolandia.com and hopefully make the cover.

We would also like to welcome our new advertisers, Hello Hemp & La Bodega Tica.

We hope you enjoy our magazine and it helps guide you through this enchanting paradise we call home. You can always follow and share us here or on Facebook/Quepolandia. We appreciate and welcome your comments.

Peace and Enjoy…D


Happy New Year, 2021!

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We’re Ba-a-ack

Quepolandia since 1998

We are extremely happy to report that after a 9 month shutdown, there WILL be a January issue. If you want to be included in it Deadline is now! Please send us an email as soon as possible at info@quepolandia.com. We wish everyone Peace, Love, Health, and Tourists in the upcoming season.


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Let’s Talk About the Northern Jacana

Northern JacanaThe jacanas are a group of wetland birds, which are identifiable by their huge feet and claws which enable them to walk on floating vegetation in the shallow lakes that are their preferred habitat. They are found worldwide within the tropical zone. In Jamaica this bird is also known as the ‘Jesus bird’, as it appears to walk on water.

The Northern Jacana (Jacana spinosa) has a dark brown body with a black head and neck. In addition, its bill has yellow patches and its forehead has a yellow wattle. Its bill has a white base. When a jacana is in flight, its yellowish-green primary and secondary feathers are visible. Also visible are yellow bony spurs on the leading edge of the wings, which it can use to defend itself and its young. The greenish color of the wing feathers is produced by a pigment, rather rare in birds, called zooprasinin, a copper-containing organic compound.


That’s Fishin’ – April/May/June 2020

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What a total blast we have had during our fishing tournament festivities & high season craziness over the past month! The Quepos fishing fleet have been busy providing Offshore and Inshore charters to tourists from all around the world and some magical fishing has been taking place for sure.

Woman and man holding a DoradoThe offshore bite during the first weeks of March was nothing short of phenomenal with huge numbers of Sailfish and Tuna keeping our Anglers busy. Many boats got into coveted double digit Sailfish release days and some boats even caught as many as 20 Sailfish in a single day’s fishing, simply amazing fishing wherever you are in the world.

There has been a wide open Tuna bite happening from December through March and we expect this to continue through April. Livebaits have been accounting for many of the larger fish, however, Squidnation Squids, Bass worms, and all manner of Jigs have been catching solid sized Tuna also. We have had lots of fish in the 20-80lb range with regular fish in the 100lb plus category also BUT there is always a much bigger fish lurking down there somewhere and maybe, just maybe, you could be the lucky angler!

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