Tag Archives: Costa Rica

Jaguar and the Rat Resolution

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 […]

The Best Day

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 […]

Tonki and the Rats (PG-13)

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 […]

Costa Rica: Esterillos Oeste and el Gris

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 […]

Costa Rica: Expedición de Canoas

“¡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 […]

El Campeonato de La Tigra de San Carlos

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 […]

Costa Rica: Montezuma and the Trip Home

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 […]

Costa Rica: Travel Day

We left the house around 5:30. The bus was coming at 6:00. Nobody was thrilled to be awake so early. It would have been way more convenient to have hired a private shuttle from La Tigra to Montezuma. But we weren’t interested in traveling like tourists. As anyone who has traveled extensively knows, much of […]

La Tigra de San Carlos

The first trip with our travel company (that is yet to be named) was to Costa Rica! My partner and I have traveled there extensively; I’ve spent over seven months there throughout my life. We have come to enjoy and appreciate the country and its people immensely, and so were overjoyed at the opportunity to […]

Our New Business!

I wrote this as an author’s note in my last post, but want to make sure that everyone sees it. I’m writing this a pre-announcement. Stay tuned for the real deal. My girlfriend (and now business partner) and I have been unbelievably busy the last two months starting our new personal growth travel business! I […]