We're here! We spent our first three nights in San Jose de Escazu, renting an apartment next to our friend Julia's. The plan was to spend those days picking up the car we bought, and the stuff we shipped...neither of which actually happened. The term "Tico Time" is sinking in, they tell you tomorrow but they really mean maybe sometime this year...if you're lucky.
There is a scarlet macaw that lives at the apartment building. They are not native to the area, only to the coast, so this one must have escaped from someone's home. It was really cool to see one up close! And Sophie is adjusting well, she seems to love all the new smells and animals she is coming across. She is already a celebrity with the kids in the apartment building, they always want her to come out and play.
I've been trying to find affordable, good-quality coconut oil here, so I can make my products. We found a small jar for $27! The same jar in the states would cost $8. I decided I just need to learn to make my own coconut oil. Later that evening some random lady approached us and said "Hi, I make coconut oil!" How strange! Coincidence? Or does the universe just always put the right people in your life at the right time? She later said she had no idea why she walked up to us and said that, she just felt an intuition that told her we needed to know that she makes coconut oil. She can show me how to make my own, and also coconut butter, coconut milk and coconut flour. Score!
The next day we met up with Ricardo. He is a Costa Rican and was an exchange student many years ago, in Oregon, with one of Andy's mom's friends. We toured the school he is principal at and then met his family. They took us to a lovely dinner in Alajuela at a surf & turf restaurant. Andy had sirloin in jalapeno sauce and I had shrimp in white sauce, served with a side of french fries (everything is served with french fries here). It was delicious! Everyone ordered beer and they brought them with a glass of ice with lemon juice. I have never seen anyone drink beer in a glass over ice, but it was strangely wonderful.
We went to a local organic farmers market in San Jose, it was really cool and we had a delicious breakfast of egg sandwiches and French toast with cream and raspberry jam, and homemade banana/walnut bread. Then we borrowed our friend Julia's car and were off to our beach town of Samara. It took us 5 hours, longer than we thought. We are already dreading all the airport trips we'll need to make, a 10-hour day of driving does not sound like fun. But at least we have A/C in the car we bought...if we ever actually get the car.
Upon arriving Sophie immediately barked her way around the huge yard, letting all the squirrels, stray cats and iguanas know who is the new boss of the hood. We found a couple mango trees, a banana tree and a lime tree in our yard, along with a few unidentified strange fruit trees. Score again!
San Jose was a cool, breezy 70 degrees. A great break from the 100 degree Oregon heat. But Samara is hot & muggy! We do have an A/C unit in the bedroom, which will save our lives. Although we are trying not to use it too much. We just got back from our morning swim. The beach is just as we remember it, mellow waves and gorgeous. We spent a couple hours floating in the water and are now making a late breakfast. More soon! Pura Vida!
Kari Pinkerton Silcox
It would be a tragedy to die, having never really lived. Which is why my husband Andy and I quit our jobs, sold our house and decided to chase our dreams. We moved to Costa Rica without a plan, and this is the story of our adventure.