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What is Vida Autentica?

Vida AutenticaVida Autentica as two words translates into Authentic Life or Life Authentic. I personally think I prefer the latter though I do not know which is technically correct. Those two words, if thought of long enough, could mean so many things to the myriad different people who would try to define them that they could never be given a proper definition. I think that there is great power in the combination of those two words. Together they create possibility. All who try to define them as a whole will no doubt bring new meaning to them. They are an idea that somehow exists outside of you, without you and at the same time they are you, they are something that grows from within you. It is your personal attention to those words that takes them out of the realm of the abstract and turns them into ideas and action that bloom into things of love and beauty. I have had some time to think of what they mean to me, so please, take a minute and think of what they could mean to you. Vida Autentica, Authentic Life, Life Authentic.

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Support Skate Park Project Parrita!

Parrita skateboarderDear Quepos,

We are your friendly neighbors Parrita!

We are writing you to tell you about a skate park project we would like to build for the youth of Parrita in a place called La Loma, Parrita. As you may have noticed, Parrita is still very much a developing canton that focuses on agriculture. There isn’t much for youth to do here in their spare time. In the past 3 years the adolescents of Parrita have been asking for a skate park where they can practice this sport that they love and have a safe place to hang out.

The Associacion of Desarrollo Integral de La Loma is very excited to be working alongside a Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer and we are working hard to help see this dream become a reality.

Boys with skateboardsOur Skate Park project for Parrita will offer a safe place for kids to hang out, a healthy alternative to delinquency and drug use and the perfect place to practice skateboarding, bike tricks, and roller skating.

We are asking for your support in this project. Please consider making a monetary or material donation. Every dollar or colon counts!

ADI Las Lomas, Cedula Jurídica 3-002-078247
Account for accepting donations: Banco Costa Rica 100-01-079-002115-3

Please do not hesitate to contact: jessica.skeesick@gmail.com 8523-9734

Jumpstart 2015 in Inmaculada, Costa Rica

Jumpstart 2015By Katherine Stanley Obando, Academic Director, JumpStart Costa Rica

La Inmaculada is a community located just outside of Quepos Center along the southwestern coast of Costa Rica. Along with its surrounding neighborhoods, La Inmaculada houses close to 3,000 residents whom work within the Quepos community. While there are small business throughout that have historically generated income for the community, tourism is now crucial to the survival of families, located just 20 minutes away from Manuel Antonio National Park. In a town that suffers with social problems such as drug use – 50% of the elementary school student population reports witnessing drug use daily – and prostitution, along with child sexual exploitation running awry, La Inmaculada is a community that could tremendously benefit from English speaking opportunities like JumpStart Costa Rica for its youth.

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Anthony (“Tony”) St. Aubyn Reid

Anthony (“Tony”) St. Aubyn ReidWe mourn the passing of Anthony (“Tony”) St. Aubyn Reid, a great friend, father, brother husband and son.

Tony traveled the world many times, and had friends in all corners of the planet. Though he spent his formative years in the radically outrageous Ibiza, Spain, when he arrived in Quepos, Costa Rica, he knew he had found his new home.

He is survived by his mother Felicity, father Robert, daughters Melissa, Michelle and Sarah, brother Quincy, and life partner Deidree. Tony and his late brother Nicky, made their mark on Quepos in the hospitality and real estate/construction industries. They started in the beautiful area of Manuel Antonio, and then spread to the outer areas. Tony could always be seen with a smile on his face, and a laugh in his heart. Singing along to songs of the 60’s and 70’s, Tony infused joy and mirth to anyone who crossed his trail.

Tony will be sorely missed by all. The world will be a lonelier and sadder place without Tony’s sparkling face, fast-talking stories, and hilarious jokes and puns.

Rest in peace, Tony as you find the pura vida in the great beyond.

ROGER FRANCIS CONNOR  –   September 4, 1944  –  November 24, 2014

Roger & Isolde

Roger & Isolde

Although born in San Luis Obispo, Roger grew up in Chicago, later attending Stanford University, where he studied linguistics and life and nurtured his very inquisitive and nimble mind.  He had four siblings, two of whom still live in the States.  Roger traveled a lot when he was younger, lived in Nepal for a while and eventually made his way to Costa Rica in the early 70s, where he later met the love of his life, Isolde Schmidt.  Together they transformed Isolde’s small inn on the road to Manuel Antonio into the successful restaurant and hotel, Plinio,  which for many years was a wonderful  place to gather with friends at the bar, and which tourists returned to year after year for the friendly owners, the GREAT food and the beautiful setting.  They worked hard – carved out nature trails, built a pool, hauled lumber up a hill to erect a tower from which the entire Quepos area was visible, built more rooms, hosted many great parties and food celebrations, and Roger was a fierce advocate for the preservation of this beautiful area and for the Ticos who live here.

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Sofie’s Solitaires

Sofie's Solitaires coverBy Richard Benson

On my weekly meander through the Quepos Feria I spot something new amidst the unique jewelry offerings at Parroquia’s display. It turns out to be the colorful cover of a children’s picture book, Sofie’s Solitaires, written by local author Helen M. Woodhouse.

Parroquia hands me a poster, which includes a glowing Amazon review and a brief description of the story: “Sofie brings home a cage full of Costa Rican songbirds that are too sad to sing. What will she do to restore their magic song?”

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JUMPSTART: Innovative English Camp to Benefit Quepos Students

By Katherine Stanley Obando, Academic Director, JumpStart Costa Rica

Jumpstart team & studentsSome students and teachers relish the year-end vacations as a time to kick back and relax – but not the participants in the upcoming JumpStart English Camp, to be held from January 5-30, 2015 in La Inmaculada de Quepos. Twenty students, led by U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Ramona Dowdell and local Ministry of Public Education (MEP) teacher Isabel Guillén, will spend the month practicing English and preparing for the crucial transition to high school, a difficult time for many Costa Rican teenagers. The camp will rely entirely on donations and sponsorships to cover its costs, and the program is seeking support in the Quepos area to make this year’s camp a reality.

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Apoye a nuestro seleccionados nacionales de Bodyboard Mundial ISA CHILE 2014

In English

Por Angélica Sancho

Quepos Bodyboard/Asociación Deportiva Body Board Aguirre, creación Setiembre 2012

Gracias al apoyo de Quepos, hemos logrado enviar a los seleccionados quepeños a los Mundiales ISA del 2012 y 2013. En ambas ocasiones con excelentes participaciones.

Participaciones destacadas:

  • Neydalie Vasquez, sexto lugar Mundial ISA Venezuela sub18 femenino 2012
  • Emilio Vargas, medalla bronce Mundial ISA Venezuela sub18 2012
  • Jefferson Bustos, medalla oro Mundial ISA Venezuela sub18 2013
  • Jefferson Bustos, Campeón Centroaméricano 2013 categoria open
  • Yazdanny Castro, Subcampeón Centroaméricano 2013 categoría open

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Support our Bodyboard National Team ISA World Championship Chile 2014

En Español

By Angélica Sancho

Quepos Bodyboard/Aguirre Bodyboard Sports Association, since September 2012

With the support of Quepos, we managed to send the selected quepeños ISA World 2012 and 2013. Both times with excellent performances.

Previous Achievments:

  • Neydalie Vasquez, sixth place ISA World sub18 female Venezuela 2012
  • Emilio Vargas, World bronze medal, Venezuela sub18 ISA 2012
  • Jefferson Bustos, ISA gold medal World Venezuela 2013 sub18
  • Jefferson Bustos, Central Champion 2013 open category
  • Castro Yazdanny, Central Sub 2013 open category

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What I’ll Tell My Daughter about La Sele, 2014

Daughter with flagBy Katherine Stanley Obando – July 6, 2014
Many Costa Ricans and their most fervent fans have been sitting in the eye of a storm for the past few weeks, struck dumb by amazement, watching wide-eyed as accolades all over the world for “the little team that could” have whirled around us in dizzying splendor. But today, as Costa Rica was eliminated, words returned. Here’s why this matters so much to me, what I want to tell my baby daughter someday about everything she’s seen and not understood these past few weeks:

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Day In The Life Of A Billfish

By Daniel Auberson  (Translation by Martin)

SailfishIt’s eight in the morning. I’m fast asleep in the middle of the pacific, 50km from the shore of Manuel Antonio, and 100m below the surface. I wake up refreshed after a night’s hunting, where I ate what must have been 20kg of small fish. I can hear the noise of a motor far away; nothing strange about that, there are always these things like big trees buzzing about overhead.

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Brad Watts – Farewell to a Friend

Brad WattsBy Molly McKeown

Recently our little community was rocked by the sudden passing of one the town’s most beloved residents, Brad Watts. Currently there is a palpable void in our community because we have lost a truly great man.  This loss has been compounded because we didn›t just lose a man, we also lost a charismatic musician with an irresistible smile, a respected business owner, a bad ass kayaker, a kick ass surfer and an amazing friend. Brad ‘Flip’ Watts was a one of a kind man. He had a huge heart, and an even bigger appetite for life, (and snacking . . . possibly in equal measure).

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5 Simple Ways to Detox Your Life

Waterfall blissBy Amber Zuckswert

As we step into the dawn of a new year we have one simple choice: To bounce out of bed with radiant energy, eager to jump into the adventures and endless opportunity of the day. Or, sluggishly roll out dreading work with brain fog, anxiety and worry. This vital choice begins and ends with what we decide to eat and how we move our bodies. Many of us have danced, drank and eaten our way into oblivion over the holidays. Excess sugar, fat, salt, alcohol and caffeine slurped down during those festive parties clog and slow the vital filtering abilities of the liver, kidney and colon. While lack of consistent exercise has stagnated lymph flow, slowed the metabolism, and atrophied muscle.

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Baby Steps

By Paul Gerace, Dominical

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I had been photographing this sloth with it’s baby for about a month and a half. The baby was always clinging to her and they were never apart. They stayed in the same tree for about a week at a time, but always returned to that same tree. 

With lots of patience I was lucky enough to see the baby sloth’s first venture out away from it’s mother. It was thrilling in slow motion. The mother positioned itself next to a branch above. Then sloth baby slowly climbs up mother’s body, over her shoulder, and steps off of her arm. Junior did different hanging poses and gave some glances towards it’s mother. About 15 minutes later it climbed back down and reattached itself to it’s mother. I was able to photograph the entire sequence.

Costa Rica, the Land of Tomorrow

By Pat Joffrion

In order to open a bank account, I need a CPA to verify and certify our income. I made an appointment for Tuesday at 2 p.m. and arrived promptly at his office in Quepos. “He will be in his office tomorrow,” the smiling secretary said to me. “But our appointment is for today,” I replied. “No problem,” she said. “You come back tomorrow.” 

Got my CPA paperwork on Wednesday morning and headed over to open our bank account? “The lady who does that will be in tomorrow.” 

Went back to the bank on Thursday, filled out all of the required documents, and pulled out several thousand dollars to deposit into our new bank account. “I’m sorry,” the teller stated. “But there is a 24-hour waiting period. You cannot make a deposit into your account until tomorrow.” 

I can’t wait to make my permanent move here. Everything is so relaxed. People don’t get excited about very much. I’ve learned that people here don’t die of heart attacks… because there is always TOMORROW!