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What’s Shaking at Marina Pez Vela? – July 2016

By Scott Cutter

The first rains have come and gone, veranillo de San Juan is upon us, and as always, our Marina team is making sure that the community of Quepos is a part of this project’s daily energy, growth and culture. There is lots to report, so here we go!

Slip Expansion

Our Second phase dock expansion is fully underway at this time and anyone visiting the marina has probably taken notice of the large barge which we have on site. This is not a new pleasure cruiser, but a working barge which is laying all the pilings which are the base for our new floating docks at the project. As we have outlined in previous Quepolandia editions, the expansion is going to more than double or linear footage of dockage at the project with a total of 91 new slips, which we will be operational in December. This expansion is going to be attracting a lot more investment, tourism and opportunities for our community.

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Letty Anderson

Letty: you are dearly missed

Letty Anderson, longtime Quepos resident and bassist in a number of local bands, died on May 9, 2016 from endometrial cancer. She was 72. She described herself as a “Bassist, economist and feminist. In that order,” though the song of her life played out the other way round.

Young LettyShe was born Letty Donaldson, the daughter of the local district attorney in East Peoria, in central Illinois. Though the youngest and smallest of three children, she had no trouble sticking up for herself. According one family story, she and her sister Cindy got into a fight one morning before school, and in a melee of swinging fists, she gave her sister a black eye. After her sister went to tell mom, the two of them fought again — at which point Letty gave Cindy a second black eye.

When they weren’t fighting, the sisters were singing when they should have been sleeping. Cindy beat out the time on the dresser between their beds, and made Letty sing while holding her ears. Gradually Letty was able to let go of her ears and stay on tune. Letty took accordion lessons when she was barely big enough to hold one, and from there taught herself to play piano and guitar. Read More…


¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – July 2016

July 2016 coverBienvenidos/Welcome to Quepolandia! Our rains have returned and we are about a 100 shades of GREEN…Yes we love RAIN here in the rainforest and hope that you can work your plans    around it…our little corner of  Paradise has everything you need from exciting TOURS and delicious FOOD of all types…so get out and make some memories!…This Que Pasa will be a little different than usual as we have some really BIG NEWS…Quepolandia has changed hands and is starting a new chapter it is also celebrating its 18th year in PRINT! Pretty amazing!  I have decided the time was right to change my status from owner to retired but it is bittersweet as I have immensely enjoyed my 7 ½ yrs as Quepolandia Pat…I am so thankful for the experience and this amazing community for its continued support of this one & only publication that Ana Lyons began with stapled, copied B/W 10 pages ..to what it has grown to be…it is time for new ideas and energy! I am happy to announce the new owner is Dave Bolger, 6 yr. ex-pat resident from New Jersey…he will be working hard to bring you a new and exciting Quepolandia & begin this new chapter…I wish him much continued success and fun with his new career…I can’t leave without thanking Paul Rees, layout & design, who has been with me since our first issue and taught me so very much, Paul, you are what I will miss about deadline! Paul will be staying with the Q and for now it looks like Karma gets to hold her” korner” as needed…since I’m lousy at long good byes… thanks for a wonderful time and know that y’all are very special to me…ciao for now……..P

NOW a few words from Dave:   Well you are a tuff act to follow. I am honored to be carrying on an area tradition that I have read, shared and loved for many years. Looking forward to helping the wonderful business connect with our incredible guests. I want to thank Mari Borge for the cover photo. Please continue following on fb and Quepolandia.com Thank you Pat for being you and for everything you have done for the community. I hope to make you proud!!!

Peace & enjoy…..D

Pat, Ana & Dave

Pat, Ana & Dave

 


Reforestation & Monkey Bridges

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Kinkajou

By Elena Crouch
Social Media intern, Student of Northeastern University

For an organization that in 2015 alone, has rescued over 218 animals and planted over 7,000 trees since they began, it’s hard to believe the modest roots of Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR). KSTR was started over seventeen years ago by two nine-year old girls whose mothers lived in Manuel Antonio. The two girls, Janine and Aislin, were witnessing the steady destruction of the rainforest in their backyard and decided to create their own organization and make a change. KSTR began as a reforestation organization, and has since grown tremendously and has developed into four main projects: reforestation, the monkey bridge program, the KSTR Wildlife Sanctuary, and the KSTR Wildlife Rescue Clinic.

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Memoirs of a Massuer

By Todd Pequeen

This year has been an extremely hot one. Dry with intense sun, sweat never seems to leave my brow. The plants and trees around us have been desperate. Some days I’ve felt desperate; the need to escape. Day after day their leaves curl inward; it is miraculous that they hold on. Soon they know the rains will fall. In the near future the bounty of fruits, flowers, and cooler temperatures will replace the desert like conditions. I’ve always thought of life as a never ending journey of peaks and valleys; plant or animal hardships never stop. Challenges and difficulties should be welcomed; we overcome and that is how we grow. It takes sacrifice and a belief in what’s to come to achieve something in this world. Just as the plants and trees push on each day, so must we human beings. Smiling in the face of hardship; humor in the midst of dispute. In order to hold on, to be flexible yet durable, a strong foundation is essential. Whether it is the roots of a plant or a tree or the support of friends, family, and community, we cannot do “life” alone.

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Cheesy Baked Eggs with Kale & Bacon

Chef's Corner logoBy Desiree BrassertBy Desiree Brassert

We must be thankful that one of the hottest superfoods in the world is now readily available in our town. Not only is kale loaded with vitamins, but it is also known to lower cholesterol, fight certain cancers, and eliminate toxins.

Here’s a quick and simple crowd pleaser that you can make for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. If bacon is not your thing, try crumbled smoked trout.

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What Type of Window Covering Should I Choose?

Bedoom-copyBy Shelagh Duncan

Where Do I Start?

Window treatments have been a part of life for most of us. We consider it one of the finishing touches for any room. There are many window covering options available to us here just as there are back home, and a huge variety of different styles, fabrics, textures and colours to chose from. However, once we move to the jungle and have are lucky enough to have staggering views, or perhaps total privacy afforded by lush vegetation or  a lovely large lot,  then covering the windows can be a secondary consideration.

Having said that, the other thing to consider is function. Why do you need to cover this window? Is it for privacy, do your rooms get too hot, is the early morning sun too bright, or do you just want to soften the feel of the room? Perhaps it is in a bathroom, where the builder decided in his wisdom that a large window in middle of the shower area would be a really good idea! Whatever the reason there is usually a great solution – but you have to know how to find it.
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One Man’s Mission: Rebuilding Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific Coast’s Chocolate Industry

Chocolate headerBy Gary Garrett

Ahhh, chocolate, the Food of the Gods as it’s Latin name translates. So many varieties,forms and flavors to satisfy our craving. A rich part of Costa Rica’s history. But times have changed and a small group of people are determined to bring back an industry that could once again thrive in Costa Rica.

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The 20/80 Rule.  PARTE I & PARTE II

Spanish Sucks by OsImagine 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 longer list of some of the most common words in Spanish.

This list has been generated from subtitles of movies and television series with a total of about 27.4 million words.  So, take it seriously 😉
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That’s Fishin’ – May-June 2016

Catch your own monster

Catch your own monster

By Sarah Munro

It’s that time of year where the buzz and the bite are equally hot. For instance, the recently completed third leg of the Los Suenos Signature Triple Crown brought in 832 more fish than last year. During the 9 days of competition, this tournament brought in 6570 fish, and released them all. Coming up before this article goes to print, is the Offshore World Championship, held here at Marina Pez Vela April 16-23. Tight lines to all competitors!

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Can’t be That Long Ago, Can It?

Titi monkeysHard to believe it but it’s a fact-the Titi Conservation Alliance was founded 15 years ago by a group of hard working business people of Quepos Manuel Antonio who wanted to make sure our lovable Titis weren’t pushed out by tourists and other folks. Our sincere thanks to the founding visionaries and to the staff and volunteers who have worked for TCA over the years.

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Fools!

Fiddlin Around Fools headerApril Fool’s Day was just a month or so ago and for once no one master-minded any mean or rotten tricks to play on me. Not even any little playful pranks. My friend Danielle and I have been pulling stuff on each other for decades, and we are both wary of even answering the phone if we see our caller IDs. So I guess I was actually the fool again, ‘cause I had an uneasy day just waiting for her to do something to me. Folks all over Europe, some parts of India and even China have hosted April 1st as a day of silliness and tricks and frivolity for centuries. Its exact origin is lost to the mists of time, though Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales”, written in 1392, is the first recorded mention of April 1st and foolishness. Many other chroniclers of ancient folklore have sited the unofficial holiday as a way for the lower classes to blow off some playful steam. Shakespeare even wrote a part for a fool in his play King Lear. He was the king’s confidante and counselor—and was actually a wiser man than any of the king’s other advisers or minions.

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The Value of a Tree 

Milena & babyBy Sam Trull, Co-Founder/Sloth Director; The Sloth Institute Costa Rica (TSI)

When I was an elementary school child, I used to plant acorns. One by one I would dig out little tiny holes in the ground, drop in the acorn, cover them up and keep them watered. I would check on them every day. When they first started sprouting I was SO proud. As they continued to get a little bigger I kept an obsessive watch. I would play near them every afternoon just to be with them. In fact, I remember taking my little tiny toy cars (no gender stereotypes here!) outside and I would drive them around the small saplings as if they were giant redwoods. I knew those skinny little green beings would grow up to be big tall trees one day. I remember thinking that I would need to replant them somewhere with more space once they were big enough…I used to daydream about the spots were they would eventually live. They deserved lots of room for their leaves, roots and eventually…their own little acorns. I visualized the birds that would perch on their branches, the woodpeckers that would pound on their trunks. Even at that very young age I understood the value of a tree.
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What’s Shaking at Marina Pez Vela? – May/June 2016

By Scott Cutter, Sales Director

Our thanks to the Bonnier Organization and the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) and the whole Quepos community for once again welcoming the 350 anglers from around the world to last month’s Offshore World Championship. It was an exciting and dynamic event with teams coming in from as far away as Angola and New Zealand. We are proud that Marina Pez Vela and its hard working team was able to bring this great event to Quepos for the 4th straight year.

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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