Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A Snip, Snip Here... - Our Life in Costa Rica Yr #3

Luis & Leo basking in the sun!

Veterinary Costs in Costa Rica

I always like to keep you up to date on how much it costs for services in Costa Rica.
We currently have TWO cats, Luis & Leo. Both of them adopted us. They are both males and they are strictly outside cats. However, we do feed them, provide beds for them and care for their health and for the most part it is like having 2 (inside cats) except that they live outside. To that end, I feel a responsibility to make sure they have their shots and also to make sure they don't produce any offspring or do that whole fighting, yowling, spraying thing!

However, I was surprised myself when we took Leo in yesterday for "neutering". I made the appointment in Spanish. We dropped him off at 9:00am and picked him up at 4pm.
The bill was 15,000mil colones 
15,000CRC =25.6567USD

oh and we got a bag of cat food for 1,000mil colones =1.71977USD

I knew it would be less expensive than in the states (which I understand can run up to $200) we had already had Luis fixed but I was really surprised when I saw the bill. It sort of scared me at first because I thought I had made a mistake in my Spanish and he didn't get the right procedure - however the bill plainly says "castracion" so... there ya go! (btw- our other vet was a bit more but I can't recall now) 
Anyway. these prices make it a lot easier to help the stray cat population stay healthy and keeps the population down.


Just thought I would share that with you.
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Oktoberfest San Ramon Costa Rica - Our Life in Costa Rica Yr #3

A Little History of the Oktoberfest

But the definition of “the world's most important beer festival” does not do justice to the indisputable reputation of the Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest is the world's largest Volksfest (or "peoples' festival" in German, is a large event in Germany which usually combines a beer festival or wine festival and a traveling fun fair). Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germanny. It is a 16 - to 18-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than six million people from around the world attending the event every year. 

Historic Background - Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12th October 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. 

Have I ever been to an Oktoberfest celebration? Nope! Never cared about it at all and really not that fond of German food or beer, so why bother? 

Well... because we're in Costa Rica and part of the fun is trying new things plus we enjoy going to Hacienda Vivace. So, when our new neighbors (who moved here about a month ago from the Bay Area) said they were going and offered to give us a ride, we took them up on it.

I'm really happy that we went. We had a great time. The place was packed. The music was awesome as was the food (prepared by our host Andy - who is a chef). They even had a vegetarian selection which was made with homemade rye bread. Lavanson and all the other vegetarians, were raving about it. 

Check out the video below - also I wanted you all to see Andy & Nancy's beautiful home (Hacienda Vivace) a little more close up. I've done videos of events at the house before but this time I wanted to give you a better idea of just how big and stunning, it really is.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

The Week in Review - Our Life in Costa Rica Yr #3

Another busy week in paradise!


Jazz in San Ramon


Bought 2 more pieces of pottery



I have eaten some delicious sausage at one of our expat friend's home. When I asked them where they got it, they said they have it made in Grecia. I asked them where and they told me that they take their own fennel seeds and chili flakes (not available in Costa Rica) and take them to a Carnicería (meat store) in Grecia and have it made (it is pork w/20% fat) the butcher provides the casing. So, after I "borrowed" some fennel seeds and chili flakes I went into town and located the store. Isidro is the owner. He makes it for 3,000 colones ($5.18 US) per kilo (1 kilo = 2.2 lbs) So I ordered 2 kilos yesterday and it will be ready for pick up today. I will let you know how it comes out.

Oh, we had a visitor this week from Atlanta. Her name is Kia. She attended the Sisterlocks Annual meeting with me and also went with us to The Sunday Salon Jazz Series. She is a Sisterlocks Consultant and cosmetologist, so she also cut my hair for me. 

Kat Yoga With Kia

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Let the Sunshine In - Our Life in Costa Rica Yr #3

This is the 2nd post today - but I posted this on Facebook and thought I would repost here for my followers who are not on Facebook. 

Somewhere hanging over the coffee field...Way up high...🎶

I was thinking how there seem to be a million different sounds that are "strange" to our U.S ears both in and outside of our house here in CR. 
I was even counting the different sounds the other day 🤔
Anyway on this particular day the sounds were coming from somewhere in the coffee fields. I couldn't see anyone, just heard the chopping sounds. When we first figured out that it was in the mango trees in particular I started researching what they might be doing. Read all this info about how to prune the trees for optimal growth and production and then... found out the other day from our gardener that - nope- in this case they didn't really care much about the production of the mangoes at all . 
It was all about the coffee!! 
During the rainier months of Sept and October it can get pretty dark around here and can be overcast so they cut the limbs to let the sunshine in so the coffee can grow. 
I had fun watching the smooth machete work anyway.
Here's a little video if you care to check them out.

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