It’s been three weeks since I have had to face a night of scurrying, couch foam-stealing, rice bag-nibbling, droppings-leaving rats in my house. And I’m still jumpy. It got to the point that any flicker of movement, any sound I heard, I would flip on the light, throw back the sheets, and shoot upright in […]

Yesterday was my last day in Costa Rica. If you don’t feel like reading this whole post, skip to the last four paragraphs. Seriously. Typically I woke with the sunrise. Atypically, I got up. I dressed in my running shorts and tank top and went downstairs to begin my exercises. Last year, I celebrated Thanksgiving […]

We got a cat last night. His name is Tonki. Tonki ran away this morning. A little while ago our dog Woody started barking like mad. I thought to myself, “Hmph. I bet Woody treed Tonki.” Tonki is something of a special purchase. See, it’s not so much that we wanted a cat. It’s that […]

We have this car, right? The name of the car is Gris (grees). Gris is a 1988 Toyota Tercel 4WD Wagon. On earlier trips here, I drove Gris all the way to the Nicaraguan border, onto the beaches of Puerto Soley, to Esterillos Oeste, Puntarenas, and everywhere in between. My last trip down here, I […]

“¡Me cago en el ICE (eee-say)! ¡Me cago en todas las represas! ¡Me cago en el ICE! / I shit on ICE (the power company)! I shit on all the dams! I shit on ICE!” sang Otto, sopping wet, trudging through knee-deep water. Moments earlier, not 50 meters into our seven hour canoe trip, Otto […]

Esteemed Readers, Recently, I joined a photo sharing site called ViewBug. It’s a new-ish site with a relatively small Facebook following of only 15,000. It’s new enough that Wikipedia doesn’t even have it listed on their List of photo sharing websites. Joining this site was prompted by an event from last week. A Facebook post […]

Sunday I had the propitious opportunity to attend the campeonato de futból de La Tigra de San Carlos. Some readers may know that La Tigra de San Carlos is on the northern slopes of the cordillera de Tilarán. It is a small rural community; most people who live in La Tigra farm or work in […]

Montezuma. I’ve been there a handful of times, and every time is just a little bit different. The first time I wound up there, I was with my buddy with whom I traveled throughout Central America and three of our friends who had come to meet us there. We stayed at a villa on the […]

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Narayanan Krishnan Video This man gives in a most inspiring way. While we do not have to make food in our own kitchen to feed others, nor do we have to bathe them, we are able to give in many, many ways. I ask, how do you give? What do you give? If you don’t, […]