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Oct 26, 2006 - Costa Rica - La Tormenta

La tormenta, meaning "the storm" in Spanish, hit last Saturday. That's also the day the architect/designer and his wife from Canada arrived. By the way, I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but some friends and I recently bought some property in Junquillal and plan to build a house here. That's why Bob and I are sharing this beach house for a couple months. Who's Bob? Well, he's a fellow Canadian and the land developer and co-owner of the properties that we (my buddies Rita and Greg and I) purchased. By the way, I guess you could say...

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Oct 15, 2006 - Costa Rica - Arrival in Junquillal

I live a charmed life. I mean, I must. How else would you explain how I lucked out to be currently living in a sprawling beach house on the northern peninsula of Costa Rica with a sweeping 180 degree view of the Pacific Ocean right in front of me? In exactly 105 footsteps I can leave my front terrace, cross the lawn, head down a little macheted path, and bury my toes in the sand. I am surrounded by palm trees, flowering bougainvillea and hibiscus bushes, and the constant sound of waves crashing against the rocks and breaking on the shore....

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Dec 1, 2005 - Costa Rica Con Amigos

We chose Costa Rica after hearing friends rave about its climate, natural beauty, neat wildlife and friendly people. We had envisioned a Mexico-like destination with sprawling, ocean-side resorts and a touristy infrastructure, complete with local people peddling their wares with aggression at every turn. The wildlife and natural beauty part was right on. But what we found instead was a pristine and relatively untouched nation of simple, welcoming folk living in mostly third-world conditions with sparse infrastructure. After enduring what...

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Jan 17, 2005 - Nosara...and more surfing

After discovering that my original plan of heading south through the Caribean coast to Panama was out, I decided to head back north to the Nicoya area and meet up with my old travel friends Keith and Erin (from Victoria, BC). The decision took minutes the bus took 6 hours. I arrived in Nosara with little info as to where their rental apartment was. So I started on my mission to find them. I traced their steps through hotels, stores, and other sources (anyone I bumped into on the roads). I first found that the person they were renting from...

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