It’s a small small world

It’s a small small world, especially here in Costa Rica with a population of just about 4.5 million.  I am constantly running into people I know, which never really happened to me in California!

A few weeks ago, I got a facebook message from a woman, unknown to me, who lives in Miami.  She introduced herself and wrote that while I didn’t know her, she had recently found my blog and was so happy to see a picture of her parents.  The blog she was referring to was this one here that I wrote last August about the reforestation day that I attended with Titi Conservation Alliance, one of my non-profit clients.

Property 1

She told me that her brother had shown the blog to her parents and they were super happy about what I wrote and that they remember me as well.  I still think about Jorge and Mireya often as they were such a kind and lovely couple, inviting me into their home for snacks after the hot day of planting trees on their property. They had graciously invited me to return to their home and while I’d love to visit, it’s just so difficult to get to where they live without a car.  But someday I do hope to return and see them again. Plus, wouldn’t it be so much fun to play on the swings!

property 2

While she is living in Florida now with her family, she told me that she hopes to visit Costa Rica in 2015 for a vacation.  I so hope I’ll be able to meet her at that time.  I absolutely love how we can make connections like this.  It reminds me of just how small our big world is and that we are all interconnected.

Pura vida…Chrissy

Still Waiting for the Rain in Costa Rica

Today's Weather
Today’s Weather

We’re now in the lowest part of “low season”, “winter”, “the rainy season”, “the green season”… whatever you’d like to call it…and once again, for the 3rd year now, I’m wondering where all this dreadful rain is that people always told me about.

I had heard there were drought conditions happening in the Guanacaste province and southwest Nicaragua as of a few weeks ago but I don’t live in the tropical dry forest.  I live in the rainforest of Manuel Antonio.  Where people have told me that it rains for days on end and the canals in town flood into the streets.

We’ve had some wild storms, yes, but they only last a few hours.  Not days.  Hours.  I’m still waking up to blue skies and sunshine nearly every day.

Of course I’m grateful for the sunshine but there’s two reasons why I want it to rain (and they are the same two from the last 2 years).

1. We can always use more water.  That’s just a given.

2. I keep planning these big projects to work on during the months of September and October, thinking I’ll be stuck inside my house for days on end and then when the rain doesn’t come, I feel torn between enjoying the sunshine and actually doing my work. (It’s a hard life, I know).

So I’m waiting for the rain and hopefully (if I can actually stay glued to my computer long enough to finish my work!) I’ll have an announcement for you all in the coming weeks.

Pura vida…Chrissy

Sunshine + Lluvia = A Colorful Rainbow of Playful Fun

pets in Costa Rica

pets in Costa RicaOn Sunday, I introduced new little loves into my home…Sunshine + Lluvia (Spanish for rain). My property owner begrudgingly obliged my request to adopt these two kittens from a woman who lives just down the road from me. Her brother had found the cats…inside a cardboard box, abandoned on the side of the road (ugh). This is now the second experience I’ve had in 6 months where cats were left inside a cardboard box (remember this post here). I don’t understand how anyone can just throw away living creatures. First, they’re ridiculously cute. But more importantly, they are living, breathing beings just like you and me.

It’s been 18 months since Harmony passed away and I really didn’t know when, or if, I’d be ready to adopt again. But (just stay with me here through this one), several months ago, their names just kind of came to me. And I knew that if I adopted again, the cats names would be Sunshine + Lluvia. I trusted that I’d know them when I saw them.

So when I saw a friend’s post on a local Facebook page with a photo of these two adorable kittens, I just kinda knew. It was Sunshine (boy, yellow tabby) and Lluvia (girl, gray and white tabby). They’re about 7 weeks old and teeny tiny!  The first day, they were a little confused and disoriented but by Monday, they had taken control of the house.  They love to play (they are seriously laugh-out-loud entertainment) and sleep (a lot) and are using all of Harmony’s cat toys, beds and blankets so really all I had to do was buy them food and litter.

Speaking of food, I think, if I knew anything about feline nutrition, I could probably turn Lluvia into a vegetarian.  The way she was trying to get at my chickpea and lentil burger makes me think there’s a chance there… On the other hand, Sunshine was too intrigued with the sheet hanging over my sofa to be bothered with what I was eating.

Over the next few weeks, they’ll have their first shots and, of course, get spayed and neutered.  I’m excited to see how their little personalities develop and who they become.  While I still miss Harmony, it’s really nice to have life again in my home.

cats in Costa Rica

I also want to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to adopt, not buy, pets.  For more on why I so strongly believe this, hop over to my wellness blog here...

Pura vida…Chrissy

 

Costa Rica’s Whale’s Tail Park

Uvita Whales Tail aerial shot

Uvita Whales Tail aerial shotA few weeks ago, I took a trip down to Uvita and Marino Ballena National Park, a small town located between where I live in Manuel Antonio and the Osa Peninsula. This famous sandy beach has a gigantic reef that when at low tide, it’s shaped like the tail of a whale.  It is also a sanctuary for marine mammals including whales, dolphins and turtles.

Uvita whales tail

It’s a massive natural formation given to us by our beautiful earth. It’s quite stunning to see if flying over the area during low tide and on land, the rock formations are just as impressive as they come out of the shore at a diagonal angle (note: Teva mush flip flops are not recommended).

Teva mush sandals

You have to visit the park at very low tide if you want to walk on the tail as it’s covered in water the rest of the time and it’s about a 15 minute leisurely walk from the entrance to the tail (so give yourself time!).  The park has a palm tree-lined black sand beach and is set against a jungle landscape.  Just like in Manuel Antonio…where the rainforest meets the sea.

 

whale tail in costa rica

I’d like to explore this area a bit more and visit the primary rainforest in the park as well as the mangroves.  It’s also a great place in southwestern Costa Rica for birdwatchers.  There is also a beach further south called Playa Ventanas (Windows Beach), equally stunning with caves that one can explore during low tide.  So much to see and do here on the Rich Coast…

Pura vida…Chrissy