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Mar 01 2016

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Snapshots of Life in Costa Rica

This is a new little feature with photos that show different aspects of life in Costa Rica. Most of them will be our own photos but if you have one you would like to share, send it our way.

Wind, Clouds, and Sunsets – January/February 2016

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Wind and Clouds

Rainbow Over Heredia

Rainbow Over Heredia

Sunset In Magallanes

Sunset In Magallanes

On The Road To San Jose

On The Road To San Jose

Costa Rica has its first bus stop made of 100% recycled materials!

You can read the Tico Times article and see more pics at this link.

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San Ramón Oxcart Parade 2015

One of the highlights of the cultural year in our town of San Ramón de Alajuela is the Oxcart Parade which is part of the annual San Ramón festival. The festival is centered around the patron saints of towns big and small that are part of the county of San Ramón. Every year, the Oxcart Parade is led by a team of oxen pulling a painted oxcart carrying the statue of San Ramón Nonato, our town’s patron saint. So here’s a photo of that particular oxcart, as well as a closeup of the little boy, dressed as a campasino (farmer), who was chosen to ride with San Ramón Nonato. Pay close attending to his upper lip!

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Semana Santa

Semana Santa, or Easter Holy Week, is one of the biggest holidays of the year in Costa Rica and much of Latin America. To some, Semana Santa just means a long weekend at the beach, as the Thursday and Friday before Easter are national holidays. Children take exams during the first part of the week, looking forward to the days off just ahead. Families pack up tents and camping supplies or make reservations at one of the country’s many beach resorts.

For others, Semana Santa is more importantly one of the holiest times of the year, marking the death and resurrection of Jesus. In many towns throughout the country, San Ramon included, the last days of the life of Jesus are re-created with dramatic processions. These photos are from one such procession in our town of San Ramón.

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There were more than 40 “Roman soldiers” in the procession.

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Bicycle Boy

What some people will do to save the $3 entry fee into Playa Doña Ana.

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Puró Trees in Bloom – February 2015

It may look like autumn in the northeast U.S. but it’s really summer here, when the orange, puró trees blossom. In January and February, during the height of summer in Costa Rica, we look forward to the beauty of the trees but we aren’t the only ones.  If you look in the 2nd photo, you will see Capuchin monkeys feasting on the blossoms. We used to think they ate them but this year we noticed that they pull off a blossom and tip it to their mouths to drink the nectar inside. We can watch them right from the porch of our house.

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Full Service

All gas stations in Costa Rica are full service — no pumping your own gas and attendants (who are sometimes female) will clean your windshield, and check your tires and oil. Remember that??

All gas stations in Costa Rica are full service -- no pumping your own gas and attendants (who are sometimes female) will clean your windshield, and check your tires and oil. Remember that??

Bathroom Etiquette

Seen at a restaurant in Alajuela, the sign says, “Gentlemen, please raise the ring, remember that this service is for ladies also.”

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The sign says, "Gentlemen, please raise the ring, remember that this service is for ladies also.

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