The best part of getting the dinghy ready for the Bahamas is Dad putting it in the water and taking the kids on a toot!
I haven’t found shopping to be much of an activity in Costa Rica…it’s hard to find nice little shops that have true Costa Rican made items. You can find all the touristy things with Costa Rica or Pura Vida on them, but finding nice things is a little more challenging. Last year I had read about the Diablo or Boruca Mask, but didn’t have a change to buy one. This year we were in the area where the indigenous people live who make these beautiful masks. Diablo masks reflect the Costa Rican rainforest and are made by the Borucan Indians that still have a village in southwest Costa Rica, just east and a little further south than Uvita.
Traditional Diablo Masks
“Traveling’s not something you’re good at. It’s something you do. Like Breathing.” – Gayle Foreman
After the last two, very busy days, we decided to relax at our house and take it easy all morning. By noon we were getting a little restless and decided to find a cool place to explore for the afternoon. The weather in this part of Costa Rica is very, very warm this time of year. I guess it always is, so going to the beach was out…it’s just too hot to go there except in the morning.
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“The Medium is the Message“, the famous quote by Canadian scientist Marshall McLuhan, is the theme of the 7th edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival. The displays are mostly along the interior canals and designed to be viewed from the water as well as the shore. We’d seen several of the displays while walking through…
There are two more pieces that don’t show here but we’re so excited to finally have drawers! Headboard is asymmetrical as are night stands. More narrow one on left with longer portion of headboard and the wider night table on the right with the shorter headboard segment.
There is a significance to the canvas of an abstract Washington DC skyline and the bicycle bookends. In all of our years of cruising and although we loved many places, we spent the most concentrated time in DC and it’s our all-time favorite city. We spent a total of 6 months and 1 week there, riding our bikes to Bethesda (home of NHC), Silver Spring, Mt. Vernon, Arlington, Alexandria, Capitol Heights, Georgetown, Hyattsville, Crystal City, and more places than I can name. So that’s why we fell in love with the painting! THEN, Bill spied the bookends and we knew that they would have a special place beneath the painting of our nation’s capitol.
I can tell you that we weren’t sad to see the Rubbermaid tubs go that we’d been living out of for months. Oh, the things we take for granted! Several weeks later and I’m still thrilled at being able to open a drawer and finding the items that I expect to be there. With the tubs, I never knew where anything was. A rug and furniture has helped our echo somewhat but we still hear ourselves bouncing off the walls. Window treatments will probably help—one of these days.
|Notice the perfect heart on the flank of this horse!|
Our Larkhill neighborhood gathered at a local steak house to wrap up the month and, of course, food and fellowship were outstanding.
January ended with the Larkhill Men’s Breakfast Club heading off in a caravan for Red’s Cafe and Sherry, a neighbor, and I drove to The Villages for a make-over for me. Her complexion is gorgeous and flawless and and she’s inspired me to buy some makeup after a decade long hiatus of wearing none.
An end of month report on our language classes—on Bill’s 3rd class, he presented a ‘story’ in French and the instructor understood him and Bill understood each class member’s “recital”. Hate to admit it but I’m not doing nearly that spectacularly in Spanish. Hopefully February’s report will present my Spanish language skills in a better light.
Bill and Laura
9128 SW 82nd Lane
Ocala, FL 34481
“Half the fun of the travel is the aesthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury
We’ve really enjoyed our time in Dominical…maybe it’s the house we have more than the town itself. We’ve enjoyed sitting on the deck watching the birds, the sunset and I’ve really enjoyed the pool. We’ve done a few strenuous activities, but mostly we’ve been unwinding and relaxing. Here are a few pictures of the town of Dominical and a few beach pictures. We haven’t spent too much time on the beach, because it’s just too dang hot!
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