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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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Light Hawk in Manuel Antonio

Light Hawk Pilot & Passengers

Light Hawk with volunteer pilot George & passengers Juan Pablo Aquero, Warren Umana, & Cristian Bogantes

By Marina Ocampo

Invited by the Titi Conservation Alliance, Light Hawk small plane and its volunteer pilot George came to help evaluate 8-years long reforestation project by taking areal photos of the region and note the gaps in the Rio Naranjo Biological Corridor.

This largest and oldest volunteer-based environmental aviation organization in North America is involved in thousands of missions each year in order to help environmental organizations in their work. Light Hawk plays a unique and critical role in the environmental movement. Providing perspective from the air, Light Hawk flights give passengers the chance to see for themselves the widespread effects of unsound environmental policies and practices.

Titi Conservation Alliance

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La variación lingüística

tico-talk-headerLa variación ha sido una de las características menos comprendidas del lenguaje.  Hay un mito entre las personas, que las lenguas son inmunes al cambio.  Dicha situación ha provocado una serie de prejuicios infundados y actitudes irracionales con respecto a las variantes lingüísticas.  Estas ideas carecen de fundamento.

Una de las características más notables del lenguaje es el hecho de que varía, es decir, no se presenta siempre de la misma manera.  Así, por ejemplo, cualquiera que haya oído a un hispanohablante de otro país se habrá percatado de que habla el español de una forma distinta a como se habla en Costa Rica.  De hecho, se puede determinar que una persona es argentina o española, por citar dos casos, con solo fijarse en su forma de hablar.

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Osa On My Mind

By Jim Parisi

OsaIt had never crossed my mind that one of the reasons that the Osa Peninsula has remained such pristine terrain is because its isolation has helped it to remain an entity. This geographical logic comes up early in the text of the stunning new book “Osa – Where the Rainforest Meets the Sea”, a successful collage of photographic art and insightful journalistic essays that portray this unique region in southwest Costa Rica like no publication that has preceded it. In fact, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Harvard Professor Emeritus Edward O. Wilson proclaimed the work, “the best way to experience (Osa) short of going there.” High accolades, indeed.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music

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Cosmic Confetti’s Horoscopes – May 2010

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

taurusTAURUS – April 20-May 20

Happy Birthday all my fellow Taureans! For those of you that don’t know, we are ruled by the planet Venus (the love planet), the stoic bull (hence our stubbornness) the color green, and our bodies are ruled by our ears, nose and throat. We LOVE money, comforts and food, not necessarily in that order…so go and buy yourself a lottery ticket and pamper yourself cause this is definitely your year! Be contented destiny wise.


LUCKY NUMBERS: Any and all combinations of 2-5-7

geminiGEMINI – May 21-June 21

This month you will join the political action group “Whiners for Peace”, and will call up your senator’s office and whine at them. Don’t forget to sign up for the big “Pout Out” next month! You are being watched by a large penguin, act normal.



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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – May 2010

Bienvenidos/Welcome to Quepolandia! We are happy that you have come to visit. We have a wonderful community – an exotic combination of x-pats and locals, who with our visitors, gives us a very international atmosphere. On a bus ride to the beach or out to dinner you could possibly hear 5 or 6 different languages and we all try to live with the Pura Vida attitude that is Costa Rica. Here it is May and as usual with the passing of Samana Santa (Easter) our rains have come back…..the beginning of “Green Season”..sounds so much nicer than “rainy season” right? We are happy to be greening up and cooling off….there won’t be enough rain to dampen your spirits or plans for your vacation so get out there and have some FUN!..try a few tours………explore our beautiful Paradise and have a great time…..when visiting our advertisers please let them know you found them in Quepolandia because without them we are “nada”… we would like to welcome Dra. Candy back to Quepos…with her is Linea Vital DE C.R. Emergency Medical – open 24/7 to help with your medical needs …call: 2777-6868….. we would like to thank our friend Myla for our beautiful cover shot & wish she hadn’t moved “up North”….we would like to welcome 2 new guest writersAnita Kiesel of Indiana & David Seyhun of LA..check out their stories later in the month…..…please enjoy yourselves have a super time at our beach but remember the ocean is  powerful & we want you safe – so take care and pay attention to the riptide—if you are here on the 31st – Memorial Day – don’t miss Papa & Harry’s 8th Annual Memorial Day Pig Roast at Pueblo Real – Damas – starts about 1pm with music by Robbie & Live Wire  ……..so that’s about it…..caio for now…………………P


By Solar Costa Rica

As a solar energy company, we hear from a lot of people who want to reduce their energy bills.  Some, like us, want to “save the world” by using renewable energy, others want solar or battery backup because of blackouts and excessive power bills.  Either way, the first step is to look at how much energy is being consumed in the first place.

Solar energy does not reduce your power consumption.  It simply supplies electricity from a different source.  The equipment for capturing solar energy is expensive, which means that the first step is to reduce your need for energy, thereby reducing the size—and cost—of the system.

Even if you don’t plan to invest in a solar or battery backup system, taking stock of the construction of your home or business and your energy use patterns is a great idea that may allow you to dramatically reduce your bills and increase your comfort!  Humans are very adaptable animals; some simple adaptations to your home and habits could significantly improve your day-to-day experience.

Solar Costa Rica

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Has the Time Come to Say Good-bye to an old Friend? – I Hope Not!

By Jack Ewing

Back in the 1970s Diane and the kids and I lived in the casona, the old Hacienda Baru home. We didn’t get around to digging a well until the early 1980s, and every year, the spring that supplied our water would dry up in mid February. To deal with the situation we carried drinking water in 5 gallon plastic containers from another spring two kilometers away and water for washing dishes and flushing toilets in 55 gallon drums. The girl who worked for us went to the Barú River to do laundry, and every afternoon around 4:00 PM everyone went to the river to bathe in the crystal clear water. The village of Dominical was out of water too, so most of the town – about 8 people at that time — met us there, and the afternoon bath became as much a social event as one of personal hygiene.

River Otter eating fish

River Otter eating fish

Another daily visitor to the bathing ritual was the Neotropical River Otter (Lutra longicaudis.) No sooner did we started splashing around than a couple of otters would appear from down river, swimming toward our location at the “Paso del Guanacaste.” They would swim directly at us at high speed, and about four meters short of our location they would dive. Sometimes they stayed underwater only a few seconds and sometimes longer than a minute. When they resurfaced it could be anywhere, but it would definitely be at least four meters (13 feet) from the nearest person. It was like they were playing a game with us, but only to a certain point.
Hacienda Baru
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Kids Saving The Rainforest Monkey Bridge Program

By Adriana Quesada,  KSTR Manager & Monkey Bridge Program Director

Titi on a Monkey Bridge

Titi on a Monkey Bridge

KSTR has a program dedicated to help the Titi Monkeys (squirrel monkeys), as well as the other species of monkeys that live in the Manuel Antonio Area.

The leading causes of death for this endangered species are electrocution by electrical wires while crossing roads and being hit by cars. That’s why, as part of our plan to help the Titi monkeys, we have placed monkey bridges that cross above the roads of Manuel Antonio and surrounding areas to give these adorable creatures a safer way to travel in the rainforest, to get food, shelter and to be in good physical condition; yeah that’s right, Titi monkeys need to travel 17 km a day to be in good shape.

Kids Saving the Rainforest Logo

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Fishing Report – May 2010

By Jerry Glover

Welcome and bienvenidos to Quepos and Manuel Antonio. Fishing continues to be very good in our area. A few Marlin, and Sailfish are being released daily,with Mahi Mahi still being boated, some in the 40 lb range. A few boats have reported Wahoo being boated, some in the 50 lbs range. Rooster fish action is good, with 2 to 3 fish being released on our half day charters. Several have been 35# to 40# . Fishing in Quepos is always good year round. It’s always an adventure to spend the day enjoying the ocean and the many species of marine life in our area. Don’t delay! For your fishing adventure contact Luna Tours Sport fishing, our office is located in the Hotel Best Western Kamuk lobby, downtown Quepos central. We own and operate 4 Sport Fishing boats (27 ft to 33 ft) and can also arrange other boats for charter up to 46 ft for half day or full day charters. Contact us at 2777-0725 (office), 8869-4808 (24 hour cell), visit our web site at www.lunatours.net, or stop by the office for a fishing report, and talk some fishing.

Fishing Report

Yumeiho Massage

Yumeiho MassageBy Victoria

Yumeiho Massage is an oriental massage technique that strives to achieve and maintain the balance and harmony of the body. The father of the method is professor Masayuki Kotsuban.

Yumeiho is a complex method to reestablish and maintain bodily symmetry and harmony by applying pressing and kneading techniques, as well as joint-stimulating energetic elements all over the body. Read More…

Guest Chef – Tracy Maue of La Hacienda Restaurant

This recipe is very versatile.  Add your favorite ingredients such as fresh basil, sun dried tomato, diced tomato, onion or pepper.  Or use shrimp instead of chicken.  Easily double or triple and have friends over for dinner.  Enjoy!

Chicken & Mushrooms with White Wine & Cream over Pasta

IngredientsTracy Maue of La Hacienda Restaurant

2 Tbs butter

1 Tbs olive oil

1 chicken breast; cut into cubes

1 clove minced garlic

5 sliced mushrooms

¼ C white wine

¼ C cream

Salt & Pepper to taste

Colored Bowtie Pasta, cooked


Melt butter & olive oil in pan over medium heat.La Hacienda Restaurant

Add chicken, cook.  Add garlic & mushrooms, sauté five minutes.

Add wine & simmer until almost gone.

Stir in cream and cook until thick.

Toss with pasta & serve with Parmesan.

The History of Costa Rica

By Jim Parisi

History of Costa RicaRecently, the University of Costa Rica published its third edition of “The History of Costa Rica”, the first of its kind to be translated and printed in the English language. Written by Ivan Molina and Steven Palmer, two of the leading and most recognized Costa Rican historians, the book is concise yet thorough and current, spanning this country’s rich history from the arrival of human beings, at around 12,000 B.C., to the beginning of the Twenty-First Century, including the bulk of Arias’ term as president of the country.

This is the fifth book to be written in collaboration by these two authors. Palmer has a Ph.D. in Latin American History from Colombia University in New York and Molina received his Masters degree in History at the University of Costa Rica, where both men have taught. Their books have won many prestigious awards, including the Aquileo Echeverria National Prize in History, the Cleto Gonzalez Viquez Prize in History and the Ancora Prize from La Nacion, Costa Rica’s premier newspaper. The book comes armed with eight different maps, more than eighty photographs, paintings and drawings, a comprehensive bibliography and an index that offers its readers a handy, thorough reference and complete chronicle of key events in Costa Rica’s history.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music

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Dr. Alfonso Gaspar Martinez del Pino

(in English)
Escrito por Carol Vlassoff

Traducido por Rosa Arechederra

Dr Martinez con perroDr. Alfonso Gaspar Martínez del Pino, nacido y educado en Cuba, dice que  pensó en quedarse en Costa Rica desde el momento en que decidió aceptar la invitación para asistir a una conferencia aquí, en 1995. Dejando a sus amigos y familiares se vino  con 63 libras de equipaje (59 libras de libros), 145 dólares en el bolsillo y se dedicó a empezar  una nueva vida aquí. Dio varias conferencias en la   Escuela de Veterinaria de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma en el Barreal de Heredia, y a continuación, dice, “me quedé.”

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