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On Being a Supporter of the Colts Football Team

By Anita Kiesel

Today’s mail brought the October issue of  SOUTHERN LIVING.  Page after page of the magazine had pictures of pumpkins, trees and shrubs clothed in fall foliage, recipes for using the bounty of fall vegetable gardens and descriptions of tours designed for the traveler to experience colorful country scenes.  The magazine did not mention what seems to be indicative of autumn here in Indiana – football season.  On Friday nights, high school rivalries dominate the television screen.  On Saturday one has a choice of Purdue, Indiana University and Ball State football games.  Since I am not a alumna of any of these schools, I have decided that my loyalty will be directed to the Indianapolis Colts.

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By Matt Casseday

It was my first month in Costa Rica. I was living in Dulce Nombre de Coronado, a suburb in the hills northeast of San Jose. It was October, the rain fell daily, and the temperature early in the morning hovered around 50 degrees when the sun was obscured by clouds. I was living in a standard Costa Rican 2 bedroom, 1 bath, cold water cement block bunker. The rent was 11 thousand colons a month, which at that time was around 110 dollars. The neighborhood was Tico working class. From my front door I had a view of the narrow street running in front of the house and a sudden drop beyond that widened into a 100-foot deep chasm. The locals used this depression as an impromptu landfill.
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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – November 2010

Bienvenidos/Welcome to our slice of Paradise here on the beautiful Pacific Coast of Costa Rica…we are green- green- green with the waning days of rainy season and happy that we will begin to dry out & de-mold!…..You may still run into some rain but it shouldn’t slow you down much………..Those of us that call Quepos/Manuel Antonio home are happy to have all of our favorite eating establishments open and ready to serve after their much earned vacations……….we have heard that Byblos has added new menu items and Express Pizza Delivery……….Miguelito’s in Quepos has added buffalo wings to their menu and having just had them for dinner I have to say they are very tasty! I had to miss the Chili Cookoff this year at La Hacienda Restaurant but understand Chip took home 1st Place and the People’s Choice Award – congrats! Our friends Bill & Tracy that started the cook off and previously owned La Hacienda have moved back to the states but wanted to say “good-bye and thank everyone for their friendship and great memories over the past four years”……….moving on now to our cover photo we would like to thank Harrison Hitt of Manuel Antonio & Century 21 for the great shot of the nesting hummingbird in his backyard………..our covers photos are sent in by our readers and we are happy to announce we have put them together for the first Quepolandia Calendar now on sale for $10 at Dos Locos & Jaime Peligro Book Store as well as thru Quepolandia at 2777-1113 or use the PayPal link on the left. They will make a great gift and come with a mailing envelope plus $1 from each sale will be donated to PAWS- our local animal rescue/adoption group that you will find at a booth on Saturdays at the feria on the seawall……..well that about wraps it up for this month so get out there and enjoy your visit and if you are here for Thanksgiving and crave that traditional dinner then check out El Gran Escape for a wonderful dinner – just like home …………………caio……P

Measuring a Musician’s Success

gamboa book & cdBy Jim Parisi

To become a commercial success, a musician needs to have talent. But in the formula for success, a little luck and timing have to be factored into the equation. Still, there have been many very talented troubadours who have been in the right place at the right time and did not catch the train to fame. Usually, it’s because they overslept or “spaced out” and forgot all about it. And herein lays the key to fame and fortune: good management. Of all the musicians I have met, the successful ones have a dependable manager, usually a spouse or family member, taking them by the hand to catch the plane to Boston for a gig or to the dining table because it is time for lunch. Musicians live in a different dimension than the rest of us and that is one of the reasons we love them: they have a unique perspective and are able to articulate it, through poignant lyrics, blazing guitar riffs and amazing drum flurries that touch our souls.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music

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tico-talk-headerViajar por Costa Rica es muy fácil.  Solamente hay que tomar un autobús y…   listo.  Esa es una de las ventajas de vivir en Costa Rica: es muy fácil transportarse.

Costa Rica es un país pequeño, tradicionalmente se usaba la  carreta con bueyes y el caballo para transportarse de un lugar a otro y llevar cultivos o alguna otra cosa; actualmente, la carreta ya no se usa para transportar gente pero en el campo la utilizan los agricultores para transportar cultivos o madera.

Ahora usamos autobuses, automóviles, motocicletas, bicicletas, avionetas y tren para transportarnos de una ciudad a otra.  El tren también se usa para transportar cargas pesadas a ciudades lejanas como Limón y Puntarenas.

Para viajar largas distancias, viajamos por aire; usamos los aviones, y si viajamos por mar, usamos los barcos y las lanchas.  En Quepos, por ejemplo, los niños que viven en Isla Damas o en playa Cocal deben usar un bote para recorrer parte de su viaje a Quepos centro.

Algo muy interesante es que en Quepos las señoras van a la tienda en bicicleta y motocicleta;  ahora es común en el Valle Central el uso de motocicletas para realizar los mandados.

Los fines de semana, muchos turistas visitan Manuel Antonio y otras playas en autobús, en avión o en carro rentado.

En fin los medios de transporte en Costa Rica son variados y muy útiles.
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Please Don’t Swim with the Crocodiles

Caiman 1.5 meters

Caiman 1.5 meters

By Jack Ewing

It never occurred to me that bathing in the Barú River might be dangerous. We used to go there every day during the dry season, around 4:00 in the afternoon. Sometimes when the tide was in, I wondered if sharks ever came into the river, but we never saw any. We once saw a snake swim across the river. It was partially submerged, and even though it came pretty close to us, I couldn’t tell what kind it was. We saw lots of caimans in the mangrove estuary at Hacienda Barú, but not in the river, and the ones we saw were more afraid of us than we of them. Most of them were a lot smaller than a human and didn’t look like much of a threat. 
Hacienda Baru

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Tiquisque Fritos

By Paul Rees

Tired of French fries? Wondering how to cook those dirty brown tubers you see in all the markets?

In Costa Rica they’re called Tiquisque. Around the world, they belong to a crop as important and widely eaten as rice and potatoes. Although slightly different species, they’re most commonly called Taro, Ñampi, Dasheen, and Cocoyam among other local names. Growing wild or in the garden they’re known as Elephant Ears.



Tiquisque are a good source of fiber, vitamins B6, C, & E, and minerals potassium and manganese among others. However, they also contain Calcium oxalate which is poisonous when raw but rendered harmless when cooked. Calcium oxalate can also be a skin irritant, so wear gloves during preparation if you have sensitive skin.

Tiquisque are available in every food store in Quepos – Manuel Antonio, and probably Costa Rica. When buying them, they must be firm without any soft or rotting spots. The freshest still have purple growing tips at one end. When cut open, they’re creamy white with tiny pink striations in the flesh, and begin immediately to sweat starchy white sap. Green season seems to be the best time to buy Tiquisque because I’ve been seeing some beautiful ones over the last couple of months. During the dry season they’re often dried out, thick skinned, and slightly spongy. An old soft Tiquisque does not make good fritos.

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Sharing An I.C.E. Moment

By Matt Casseday

I recently received an afternoon visit from a squat, unsmiling man who arrived at my house on a small motorcycle and without a word of warning cut off my electricity. His bright yellow shirt easily identified him as one of the seemingly tens of thousands of people employed by ICE (which for the uninitiated, is our national electric and telecommunications company). A visitor to my house saw him removing the cap to the meter and came inside to alert me. By an amazing coincidence, I was at that moment attempting to pay my electric bill via internet. It was not easy, as I only have one option for internet where I live (controlled by ICE) and the speed with which I receive the service puts me in mind of those old time room-sized univacs that probably took a couple days to warm up once they were turned on.
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Cosmic Confetti’s Horoscopes – September/October 2010

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

virgoVIRGO – August 23-September 22

This month, someone named “Svlad” will appear at your door, carrying a large inflatable penguin and a bag of pistachio nuts. Despite your better judgment you will let him in. On Tuesday 2 people near you will engage in rubber band warefare, you will be caught in a crossfire and severely thwarped.


libraLIBRA – September 23-October 22

You will find yourself in a huge hand basket before the end of the day, and it will be getting much warmer than you like. Did you know that this month is the second to last month of the 19th segment of your life? Don’t question.

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How Wind Power Works

By Mary Jones

You don’t have to become a geek to know how wind power works

Wind is the result of the uneven heating of the Earth by the sun and the fact that temperatures are invariably attempting to reach an equilibrium (heat is obviously moving to a cooler area). With the rising price of energy and the damage to the environment from standard fuels, it is starting to be equitable to harvest this renewable resource.

The advantages of wind energy are that it’s virtually free (once you purchase the equipment) and there’s no pollution. The disadvantages include the fact it’s not a constant source (the speed varies and many times it is insufficient to produce electricity) and it typically requires about one acre of land.

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – September/October 2010

Bienvenidos/Welcome to Quepolandia. Rain – Rain and more Rain maybe the motto for this 2 month issue but we don’t mind as it makes everything so very GREEN and cool…..we hope you can enjoy it along with us…..coming up Oct.2nd is the 4th Annual Chili Cook-off at La Hacienda Restaurante in MA – it’s a don’t miss fun afternoon to laugh and taste a lot of chili – We are happy that new owners Mark & Karen decided to continue the contest & hope that Tracy & Bill can come and enjoy the fun….it’s also time for Football again …you can watch your favorite team in many spots around town, Byblos in MA, Los Pescadores, El Gran Escape just to name a few…and for  a laugh read Anita Kiesel’s story on becoming a cheerleader…..this is the time of year that many of our restaurants close for a period of time to allow their staff much earned vacation time – lucky for us they don’t close all at the same time – but it’s a good idea to check before you go…….Sept. 15th is Costa Rica Independence Day – hope you get to see the parade thru Quepos with many marching bands, floats, & children in costume – don’t forget the camera –it’s a proud day for Costa Ricans and lots of fun to watch……….we would like to thank Jeff Anderson for our Heliconia regalis cover shot –what  a beautiful flower – later this month check out our It’s Wonderful World of Plants article by Donna Porter for more on Heliconia – a very interesting plant…………… Sept. 5th the Barefoot Church on the Beach begins–more info is available in the Community Bulletin Board toward the back ……when visiting our advertisers please mention that you found them in Quepolandia ………..and we hope you enjoy your stay with us  and come back soon………ciao………P

“Giving and Serving” Program

delphinesThe School “Centro Educativo Los Delfines” from Quepos; participated in the annually Olympic Race for children sponsored by Program Giving and Serving.

Josué the physical education teacher and parents took a group of children all the way to Coronado in San José at the Olympic Facilities. This participation was possible thanks to the financial support from Scott Cutter and Sol Scharf who provided private transportation for the kids and parents. The kids had a fantastic time and also had the opportunity to participate in the video clip that won the Central American Games San José 2013.
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The Bold, Boundless, Bizzare Bromeliads

By Donna Porter

The plethora of topical plants found within the borders of Costa Rica is truly one of the wonders that captivates its visitors and residents alike.  It is amazing to discover  the variety of places that a plant can actually situate itself and call “home”.  I am sure anyone who pays any attention to our natural landscape, has been awed by the sight of  seemingly hundreds of loosely vase-shaped plants nestled  and dangling amongst the branches of some trees.  At first observation one may think that this greenery is part of the actual tree, when in fact it is not.  These are our  native epiphytic-wonders called Bromeliads and there are an estimated 200 native species of Bromeliads alone in Costa Rica.

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Don’t You, Forget About Me!

By Dustin Ramsbottom

Oh, how I would love to be able to do exactly the opposite that the band Simple Minds had once suggested and forget Judd Nelson’s ridiculous wardrobe and how I had once mimicked it. Isn’t it surprising how corny 80’s movies like “The Breakfast Club” can seem so fresh in our minds, but here we are living in paradise and every day we battle with remembering the sheer beauty that surrounds us.

I came down here the same as most of us have, on a vacation that was simply too good to be true and now I am not sure if I could once again fare in the “real world”. I have recently opened up a tiki-bar on the beach not far from Manuel Antonio National Park that is a scene cut straight out of “Cocktail” (I really need to buy some new movies…), and I am once again a working man… if you can call it that.

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Estampas de Abril y Mayo

abril y mayoBy Jim Parisi

Manuel Obregon is an incredible pianist and an incorrigible musicologist who has definitely found his calling in life and is now reveling in it. Even before he helped form the Central American music label Papaya Music, he showed signs of his calling when he became enamored by the music of Paraguayan guitarist Augustin Barrios Mangore’ and transcribed and interpreted the compositions to piano. Along with being a member of Malpais, arguably the most popular band in Costa Rica, playing original tunes in a new style I have dubbed “modern folkloric”, Obregon also commandeers the Orquesta de Papaya, a culmination of musicians and musical styles from all of Central America. His last recorded project, “Piano Malango” was a unique presentation of instrumental interpretations, meandering down the river of historic and famous Costa Rican, Nicaraguan and Panamanian songs.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music

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