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La Pura Vida de Costa Rica

By David Gee, El señor del norte

The sun played well its roll today. It changed a cold desert into a less cold but glowing desert at sunrise. It back-lit the Organ Mountains. Then it warmed the desert floor and inched it’s way into dark corners and brightened them and warmed them. The day grew warmer and brighter with each passing hour.

At mid day it was a delight to have lunch at a sidewalk cafe. Alone, yet not really alone, lunch was leisurely and interesting. People came and went. Some spoke, others not. Some looked terribly busy. I wondered how their day was going.

Rush hour ushered in what could tentatively be called a hot afternoon.

By sundown all was warm. The white patches of cloud which drifted into the valley late in the afternoon were being underscored with heavy dark rain clouds. I doubt there was water in them. They just looked threatening.

Shadows grew long and stretched endlessly up the gentle slopes away from the Casitas and towards the Organs. Suddenly a puff of air. . . . and it was cool. How fickle the sun made the breeze. I made some hot tea and sat in my chair on the porch to watch the Organs change colors. I drifted off…..

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Krissia Rodriguez Porras

(in English)
Por Carol Vlassoff
Traducido por Rosa Arechederra

Krissia Rodriguez PorrasProbablemente lo primero que le llama la atencion a uno cuando conoce a Krissia Rodríguez, Gerente General del supermercado mas grande en Quepos, Super Mas, es que ella se ve tan joven. Y es joven – sólo 31 años -y lleva trabajando en la tienda de su padre desde que era niña.

Se ríe cuando recuerda cómo ella y su hermana se organizaban las vacaciones de verano de tres meses: “Nos poniamos de acuerdo para tener un mes de vacaciones y pasar los otras dos trabajando en la tienda. Pensábamos que trabajabamos muy duro, siempre pidiendo a los cajeros que nos dejaran ayudarles, ahora me doy cuenta que realmente no trabajabamos tanto.”

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Krissia Rodriguez Porras

(en Español)
by Carol Vlassoff

Krissia Rodriguez PorrasProbably the first thing to strike you when you meet Krissia Rodriguez, General Manager of the largest supermarket in Quepos, Super Mas, is that she looks so young. And she is young – only 31 years old – but she has been working in her father’s store since she was a child.

She laughs as she remembers how she and her sister organized their three month summer vacations: “We agreed to take one month of holiday and spend the other two working in the store. We thought we were working very hard, always begging the cashiers to let us help, but now I realize that we really weren’t.”

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Cosmic Confetti’s Horoscopes – June 2010

These Horoscopes are meant to be fun and enjoyed. They should not be taken too seriously.


geminiGEMINI – May 21-June 21

Another birthday has arrived…Large tongued Gemini dogs will come your way in overly affectionate encounters, particularly after early supper, bowl-of-water-lick, or mid evening walkies until well into July. Embrace these moments, as we all know that love comes in many different forms and we should take what we can get!

BEST LOVE TIME: ALL OF JUNE

COMPATIBILITY: SCORPIOS OR LIBRAS


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CANCER -June 22-July 22

Today you will stumble across conclusive proof that cilantro is actually the main ingredient in soaps and detergents, and that its culinary use started at a joke—it’s just that most people are too shy to admit that they’d rather spray Lysol on their burrito than put cilantro on it!

BEST LOVE TIME: JUNE 10TH EARLY AM

COMPATIBILITY: LEO

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – June 2010

Welcome/Bienvenido to PARADISE…………how lucky you are to be spending time in beautiful Costa Rica and particularly the Quepos/Manuel Antonio area. We have an abundance of wonderful, tasty restaurants so you won’t go hungry and will enjoy a variety of flavors and beautiful views, too……while visiting our advertisers it’s always nice to tell them that you found them in Quepolandia. We may be a small area but we have lots and lots to do…….from fun packed tours to the greatest live music around! We are into our rainy season so look out for those afternoon showers some can really be heavy….. if driving please take care to slow down – nothing is so far away that you need to pass on the hill – take your time and enjoy the scenery – if you get caught downtown and streets are flooded take care where you walk and wash your feet well when you get back to your hotel – better safe than an infection……Quepolandia would like to thank Dennis Arnold for his great red eyed tree frog photo that makes our cover this month…enjoy our beaches, food, and tours –spend some time talking to locals to get a good feel for the area but most of all have a great time – tell your friends about us and come back soon………..if you have enjoyed our magazine you can now follow us here on the web at www.quepolandia.com… see you around town…….caio………………….P


WATER, THE FLUID OF LIFE: The Rivers of Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor

By Jack Ewing

Portalón

Portalón

I used to think of geology as the study of rocks and geologists as scientists who sit in laboratories looking at rocks with a magnifying glass.  Sound boring? I used to think so until found out how much geological events have influenced my life. One day I got interested enough to dig a little deeper and found that geology, rather than being boring can be fascinating, especially when we consider how much certain geological features of the region around Dominical have affected the way that the area has developed. I am referring primarily to coastal ridge, that small mountain range that parallels the coast from the Savegre River to the Térraba River. In the not too distant past — less then 100,000 years ago — a collision between two tectonic plates caused the earth’s crust to buckle and jut up 300 to 500 meters in the air. This probably wasn’t a cataclysmic event that took place one afternoon. It was more like a series of relatively small collisions that took place over several thousand years. Nevertheless, in geological terms we can consider that it happened in the blink of an eye.
Hacienda Baru
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Water

By Katreena

Life at Escondida Beach here in Manuel Antonio is magical. It is unique, special and free to all who wish to encounter such a magnificent paradise.

Whether looking up in the trees to see daily monkey crossings or down at the sand at iguanas or colorful crabs, the same magical experience is shared by all. Clear indications of this wonderfully enriching experience are smiles of joy and happiness. And of course, everyone running to get their camera to take photos to capture the moment.
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New World Music Box

By Jim Parisi

It’s a funny thing about music: it does not recognize the imaginary boundaries men have drawn on maps or in the ground. Put simply: music transcends borders.  It travels into the ear of its listeners then, hopefully, into their hearts as well, no matter where they live. And music does not need a passport to accomplish this. That is part of the appeal of World Music for aficionados from anywhere on the globe. We have had a plethora of Euro café discs, Middle Eastern lounge CDs and Indonesian trip-hop fusion albums while, regretfully, Central American music has been nearly unheard during this wave of international awareness. Until now. A joint venture by the four most popular and progressive recording labels in this part of the world has begun to fill that void with the release of La Caja de Musica Centroamericana, the Central American Music Box.

This compilation of sixteen songs showcases musical styles that ignore the borders of places we call Nicaragua, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and Costa Rica. The Garifuna music represented here from Ivan Duran’s Stonetree label from Belize is a good example. The Garifuna culture was spawned nearly four centuries ago when survivors from two sinking slave ships began cohabitating with the indigenous Carib tribes, including the Arawaks on the islands of Saint Vincent (in the Lesser Antilles), Dominica and Santa Lucia, as well as with other escaped African slaves. Later, under British domain, they were relocated to the Honduran island of Roatan and from there they migrated to the surrounding countries in Central America. The resulting music is unique, mesmerizing, and anything but Latin.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music

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Salsa

By Bruce Zabov

When it comes to creating salsas, it’s a cook’s opportunity to let the imagination run free, and to be as imaginative and creative as you like. Let your own food preferences be a guide and you can’t make a bad choice!

For myself, I’m fond of the clear, light, clear taste of cold cucumbers, and the fresh brightness of ripe pineapples and mangoes and they often appear in salads here. And if you like certain fruits and vegetables in salads, you will probably enjoy them in a fresh salsa, too.
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Potty Time – May 2010

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The new KSTR Tour

TrevorMy name is Trevor. I am a volunteer animal rehabilitator working with Kid’s Saving the Rainforest’s veterinarian, Pia, performing rescue, rehab and release techniques for the many sick, abandoned or injured animals that come into the clinic everyday. More recently however, I’ve also taken on the title ‘tour-guide’. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, Kid’s Saving the Rain Forest now has a tour! I know what you’re thinking, “Oh, great, another tour in Quepos/Manuel Antonio…”. Well I’m here to tell you that this tour is a little different than the average tour you might find around here.

Kids Saving the Rainforest Logo

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Costa Rican Dog Days

ApolloBy David Seyhun

So about three month’s ago, I decided I’m going to Quepos for a nice extended stay.  There’s nothing going on in the states and some years before I had visited the area and told myself I’d be back to do more exploring.  So here I am, with my dog  Apollo.

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Fascinating, Fancy, Phenomenal Foliage

By Donna Porter

While the flower has typically been the part of the plant that receives the most recognition, admiration and glory, I would like to take this opportunity to sing praise and pay homage to the precious and incredible… leaf.  Yes, those little products of nature that block gutters, disrupt pool pumps and cause unsightly messes around your homes.  Superficially, they appear to be such an oh-so-simple creation of nature, but, in reality, they perform highly complex chemical processes that serve a multitude of important and amazing functions.  A plant’s foliage conducts a variety of feats while coloring and cloaking a good percentage of our world a beautiful green, and to understand it, or to at least be aware of its complexities, is to truly appreciate it.  It may play second fiddle to the flower, but its significance to life on earth, alone, elevates it high above. Between its epidermal layers, intricate and essential processes occur.  Processes such as photosynthesis – a  natural phenomena that could be defined as something nearing… miraculous.

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A Sunday Morning with the Kiesels

By Anita Kiesel

I awaken early and head for the kitchen.  My plans are to fix a delicious gourmet breakfast for me and my husband Hank.  We will dine leisurely, enjoy the Sunday paper and watch our many feathered friends as they visit the two bird feeders  we have in our yard.  It’s lovely entertainment.

My husband Hank wanders into the kitchen, walks to the window for a closer look at the birds.  He says, “Oh look, our first robin!  Spring is on its way!”  We both note that the robin seems extremely happy as it munches on a juicy worm.  We are happy.  Everything is right with the world.  We sit down for breakfast.  And then the drama begins.

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Bethany Van Kampen

By Charlie Berghammer

This month’s Making a Difference profile tales us south again to the Matapalo zone of our Aguirre county. It is always a privledge to be able to share with others the stories of how certain expats make the important decision to be active participants in our community as oppossed to those who only complain about the cultural differences that separate us.

For those who are new to the column, here below are the principles of this ideal to citizen action.

1. Inspire Change.

2. Build Community.

3. Facilitate Action.

4. Strengthen Engagement.

This month’s profile is dedicated to a young women whose story is similiar to many thousands of volunteers involved in the International Peace Corps program. Here below she shares her story of dedicated service to the community of Portalon, 20 minutes south of Quepos.

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