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I know it’s de riguer to complain about how expensive and inauthentic Costa Rica is but, after a grand total of three days, I have to say I’m liking it so far.

It is full of birds and they have names like the shining honeycreeper.

I bought a papaya, a head of garlic, three sweet potatoes and a couple of limes for the equivalent of two dollars. That doesn’t seem that expensive to me.

And if there are less women in indigenous dress hauling heavy loads about on their backs and fewer school age children running errands on mules or working in the fields to add local colour… well, I guess I don’t really need my Masters in International and Community Development to understand why that’s not an altogether bad thing.

Entering Costa Rica, it's all... shady streams...

...on mountain roads...

...which do nothing to disillusion me.

The magic is in the detail - the leaf cutters...

...are collecting piles of yellow petals to contrast with their usual scraps of green.

Intriguing birds are plentiful.

The ranger at a biological station I pass lets me camp for a couple of nights while I wander about on not-for-the-general-public walking trails. Back at the station...

...he shows off fat green caterpillars...

... and other odder creatures that he is collecting and feeding for a scientific study.

Lush forest...

...opens out to provide expansive vistas from the mountain tops... day fades into night.

Some evenings... just can't get enough...


Dawn in a tent...

...tucked out of sight.

Can't complain about rainbow mornings, either.

A roadside shrine...

...provide a nice resting place for a mid-morning snack.

There's religion in here somewhere but it's wierd and whimsical...

... and I think I like it.

And then I roll all the way...

...all the way into Liberia. First stop? Bakery, of course!

{ 3 } Comments

  1. Francesca Coles | June 16, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Hi Anna. Good to see you’ve surfaced again in Costa Rica. A few years ago I edited a rather dodgy Costa Rica Spanish phrasebook for a major travel publisher (look away if you see it), but I do remember the information about the ecological treasures there, so I hope you enjoy the birds, cloud forests and animals. How far away is your new computer?

  2. WSmart | June 18, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Lots of things can happen to computers, but common problems are loose connections, fan/cooling problems-fans do need to be greased or replaced from time to time- and file system issues including corrupt master boot records -which the first thing I would do is run a disk check on the boot partition(and maybe your computer friend already did that?) You could mail it to me and I’d take a look at it, no charge. Or if you can find somebody that runs Linux there, good chance they have the tools and experience and good will to help you out.

    I thought the rabid fox was bad, but a dead computer, that’s a low blow.

    Good Luck Anna,


    Be real, be sober.

  3. anna | June 18, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Bill, I agree, a dead computer is worse than a rabid fox.

    Cesc, I’m not sure when I’ll manage to get hold of a new one. What I really need is someone to come visiting from somewhere where a wide range of the beasts are easily and cheaply available.

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