Friday, December 15, 2017

The Comeback - Our Life in Costa Rica Yr #2

I hired a gardener and we have begun replacing some of the flowers and plants that were destroyed in the storm.

The Comeback
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

After the Storm - Our Life in Costa Rica Yr #2

Cold Front Leaves Three Dead, 35 Houses Roofless, Thousands Without Electricity

A cold front that has gripped the entire country since Saturday has caused three deaths, the closure of Ruta 32 (San Jose – Limon), 35 houses to lose their roofs and numerous electrical power cuts in various areas, leaving thousands in the dark.
In the Central Valley winds were reported in excess of 60 km/h.
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As for us (Grecia is in the Central Valley) -- we were without electricity for about 8 1/2 hrs on Saturday and sporadically on Sunday. There were extremely high winds (actually stronger than the hurricane winds we had last Thanksgiving 2016). One of our papyrus trees was uprooted and landed in the coffee field. 

My brand new plants that I had just purchased only a couple of days before, were blown out of the ground and the others, which had not yet been planted, and still in their original plastic containers, were overturned, leaves blown off, stems bent or broken and flowers gone.  

The dog run was full of leaves and debris.

clean up in the dog run

On the road to the bus stop...

A few more pics of our neighborhood

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

After the show - Our Life in Costa Rica Yr #2

The Bruno Mars concert was awesome!

Three of us took the bus from Grecia to the stadium to connect with our friend Tracy (pictured in green). She booked a room near the stadium for a couple of nights and planned to see Alice in Wonderland at the Teatro Nacional the following night. We ate dinner at a pretty cool Cuban restaurant.

1:30 in the afternoon, crowds already forming
The concert was sold out and the only way we got tickets (the day before) was that they opened up some additional premium balcony seating (which was perfect for us). We were in a section with very few people. We had comfortable seating, we were under the over hang (in case of rain - no repeat of the Sting concert seats for me)

The only problem was....on the walk to the concert (the sidewalks were very crowded) and when we arrived, Tracy was without her wallet and ticket!

YES, you got it! Someone pickpocketed her on the way. So we all chipped in to buy her a $100 ticket from a scalper. I won't go into any further details on that. 

Back to the concert! 
SPECTACULAR, high energy -- one of the BEST concerts I have ever seen!

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Thursday, December 7, 2017